Hydroponics - Start of Hydroponics

A Brief History on Hydroponics

Earlier forms of hydroponics are believed to have been practiced centuries ago in Amazon, China, Egypt and India, even as early as 600 BC in Babylon. You might be familiar with Babylon because of its hanging gardens, which is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

In ancient America, the Aztec Indians grew plants on floating rafts on shallow waters where planting in soil is not possible.

The term “hydroponics” was coined by Dr. William F. Gericke of the University of California in the late 1920s. Hydroponics is derived from the Greek words: “hydro,” which means water and “ponos,” meaning to work or labor.

Today’s Hydroponics

Hydroponics has been redefined throughout the years through research and experimentation. Today, it is referred to as “growing plants without soil.” It was discovered that plants can grow even without soil as long as nutrients needed for plant growth are regularly supplied.

Many hydroponic plant growers are using “soil-less” media, such as gravel, sand, perlite, peat, and coco coir, usually used to anchor the roots of the plant and maintain moisture and nutrient solution. The nutrient solution (water + concentrated nutrient solution) contains all the necessary nutrients needed by the plant for growth and development.

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