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Between Hydroponics or Soil Gardening

People often ask the question if whether a certain plant is best suited for hydroponics or pots (commonly known as container gardening). To answer this question, there are very few things to consider. One of of which is how fast do these plants grow. Some plants do grow pretty fast (less than 2 months from seed to harvest) and some barely grow an inch in their first couple of months.

Another factor to consider is the size of the plant specifically the main stem to which branches grow out of. Because common hydroponic systems use small pots and light hydroponics mediums, the plant my fall over because the medium cannot support the whole plant when there’s strong winds or the over all weight of the plant outweighs the hydroponic mediums capability to support it.

Taking these two things into consideration, it’s safe to say that what you should be planting in your hydroponic system should be something that doesn’t take too long to mature before harvest and something that your own system can carry. Not to say that you can’t do it but this is just practical advice so you don’t have worry when your papaya tree starts crushing your puny net cup or your Calamansi tree is starting to warp the dutch bucket it’s sitting on top of.

To make it simple, I follow a rule on what to plant in containers. These plants have two basic criteria. One of which is its lifespan and the other one is how they are used. Plants that you take a few leaves off to use or harvest a whole bunch every month or so are common container plants. They are mostly herbs I use in the kitchen and they are as follows:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Lemon Balm
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint

Of course, this is not to say that these herbs won’t grow well in a hydroponic system. They would in fact grow even better but the thing is that, these plants take too long and you wouldn’t want to harvest the whole plant since they do take a while to get back up and give you more leaves to harvest. Just remember, hydroponics has its pros and cons and container gardening has been proven as effective. The consideration with these two is the cost of raising these plants so you should make a wise choice being moving forward. A little experiment wouldn’t hurt. In fact, I suggest you try it and see what happens.

6 Responses to “Between Hydroponics or Soil Gardening”

  1. August 5th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    alfredo aganan jr says:

    I understand that the hydroponic system has a complete macro and micro nutrients needed by the plants. Can I use the snap solution to complete the needed minerals of my potting soil? Many tnx.

  2. August 27th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Snap says:

    Alfrado, in soil, there are live organisms that contribute to composting organic substances and the end product of this composting process is what plants and trees feed on. I would not recommend adding SNAP Solution nutrients to your soil or container plants because the components and minerals may cause an imbalance of the composting system already present in your soil. What would recommend is adding worm castings and/or compost tea.

  3. July 17th, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    joemar says:

    Do hydroponics system still needs pesticides for unwanted pest like what ordinary farming does?. tnx.

  4. October 2nd, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Mary Chese says:

    do snap solution available in market already?

  5. January 22nd, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Lisa Man says:

    where can I buy the snap solutions?

  6. July 7th, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Olan Ortines says:

    Hi Lisa,

    You may contact Dr. Primitivo Jose Santos. tel# 049 576-0024

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