Hydroponics Technologies

Hydroponics systems are established in either vertical or horizontal configurations.

Horizontal growing is the method to grow plants in horizontal plant holders placed next to one another in climate-controlled indoor farms orgreenhouses.

There are many ways of configuring systems horizontally, such as:

The Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)– where the pipes are placed horizontally next to each other at a slight slope and the nutrient water run from the one side of the pipe to the other side past the roots of the plants that are placed inside the pipe or channel.

Deep Water Culture (DWC)- where the plants are placed in holders floating on top of water with nutrients or on top of a dam with fish where the fish excrete are the nutrients for the plant (Aquaponics).

Ebb & Flo, or Flood and Drain system involves the periodic flooding and draining of the nutrient water. The flooding is in an area where the nutrient water can reach the plant’s roots and then it flows out back to the reservoir. The plants are also spaced in rows next to each other.

Difference between Vertical and Horizontal hydroponics

In the GROWPIPES NFT system, the nutritious water is routed to the plant’s roots, while this is not the case in horizontal NFT systems. This leads to strong growth and healthy plants in the system. Vertical hydroponics house more plants per cubic meter, and drastically lowers the cost of managing the air temperature, humidity, and other attributes per plant.

Vertical hydroponics carry more plants per square meter, with resultant less cost per plant.

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