Why Hydroponics? The History and Benefits of Hydroponic Systems

Growing plants without soil may seem like a futuristic idea, but the concept of hydroponics has been around longer than you might think.

The famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon, although not strictly soilless, likely employed principles of modern hydroponics and may have provided inspiration for later growing methods.

In the 1600s, English philosopher Francis Bacon talked about the notion of growing plants without soil in his book, Sylva Sylvarum. Two centuries later, German botanists Julius von Sachs and Wilhelm Knop worked with mineral solutions in an effort to do the same.

These individuals and others paved the way for modernhydroponic methods, which make up the technology behind every Sagegreenlife vertical garden.

What is it about hydroponic systems that makes them so appealing?

To get a better understanding of the appeal of using hydroponic systems, it is important to first understand how they work.

In addition to water and nutrients gained from a mineral solution, hydroponic systems commonly involve some type of growth medium to support the root system of the plants. Sagegreenlife uses rock wool because of its unique insulative properties and other benefits.

By eliminating the need for soil, hydroponic systemsoffer several unique benefits over traditional cultivation methods.

One of the biggest benefits is water conservation.

Watering plants in soil is a tricky business.

If you use too much water, you deprive the roots of oxygen. If you use too little, the plants can become dehydrated and even die. On top of that, any unused water seeps into the soil and is wasted.

Soilless growth systems use oxygenated water reservoirs to ensure plants get the oxygen they need, and any water not used by the plants is then recirculated back into the system to conserve resources.

Hydroponic cultivation also offers more control over the growing environment and typically yields more plants in less time, as each root system has easy access to essential nutrients.

Finally, growers have fewer problems with pests, fungus and disease.

What makes our hydroponic system unique?

The Sagegreenlife system is truly a hybrid hydroponic system that is both cost-effective and ecologically beneficial. It delivers water and nutrients evenly and efficiently only when the plants need them.

The Biotile® is the foundation of our living walls, and inside each one are layers of dense rock wool combined with our vertical irrigation system.

Rock wool is a basalt rock-based growth medium that is recyclable and will not decay or change in size over time. And, because rock wool is antimicrobial, no mold or bacteria will grow inside it.

Rock wool’s density insulates plant roots, providing extra protection through the winter months. This allows outdoor plants to survive, even in colder climates. Its insulative properties also extend to sound, giving Sagegreenlife walls the added benefit of noise reduction.

Our patented hydroponic technology gives Sagegreenlife living walls flexibility above and beyond any other green wall system.

Call us today at 312.234.9655to learn more about the benefits of hydroponic systems,or to set up a consultation with one of our vertical garden professionals.

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