The viability of organics hydroponics is a highly debated topic always as some growers are in its favor while others are not. But, we say that 100% organic hydroponics is viable with huge productivity. Let us see how it is possible:
What exactly does “organic” mean?
An organic system describes an environment where micro-organisms can survive and help plants to utilize nutrients more efficiently by either increasing their solubility or converting them into bio-available forms. A fully organic system will have an organic component active in it.
How does Organic work in Hydroponics?
The nutrient used is purely organic. The hydroponic system is set up to allow application of organic nutrients along with beneficial organisms. The basic principle is – conversion of organic compounds into plant-usable nutrient ions via the action of microbes. Whether a plant is obtaining nutrients from a traditional non-organic nutrient solution or via organic fertilizers makes no difference to plant uptake – the root system absorbs the exact same mineral ions in both systems. In organic hydroponics, the nutrients ions first get released from organic materials and then they are absorbed by plants while in non-organic hydroponic systems, the ions come from fertilizers and get directly dissolved in the solution.
One of the most commonly used organic systems is the Nutrient Film Technique wherein the channels are continuously fed a solution of fertilizers produced from an organic digestion system. Drip-irrigation system also supports organics if proper balance is maintained between the requirements of the microbes and the root system. So you can very well understand how sustainable, economical and effective organic hydroponics is.
A stark example of commercially viable organic hydroponic system is Aquaponics. The fertilizer comes from fish waste and the microbes convert the waste into nutrients that are needed by plants. A cycle is maintained i.e, plants consume the nutrients and they help purify the water where fish live in. Aquaponics strictly uses a re-circulating system.
Why Organic Hydroponics is popular and been given importance?
Prior it’s practical implementation, it is important to understand the reasons why organic hydroponics is gaining so much popularity. The reasons would orient point of views of customers as well as the advantages. Let’s go through:
- Consumers look for crops that are not tainted with hazardous chemicals or poisons. Moreover, there is a pressing public demand for methods that are eco-friendly and doesn’t harm nature: Organic hydroponics is a perfect example.
- Organic nutrients maximize the growth of plants and it is an healthy alternative to vegetables that you get in the market. You ensure there are no pesticides or unnatural additives but only organic hydroponics nutrients are supplied to your plants.
- Organic hydroponics allows the plants to quickly grow healthier and stronger. Natural fertilizers also enhance the taste of products. You can further gain complete control over these qualitative aspects by providing optimum temperature, light, air, and moisture to your plants.
Today 100% organic products meant exclusively for hydroponic systems are commercially available. They usually contain a unique combination of beneficial microbes, organic acids and base nutrients which enhance plant growth and productivity. After considering all the aforementioned points, we can conclude that organic hydroponics is 100% feasible.