Indoor Hydroponics Guide
Welcome to Indoor Hydroponics Guide! Do you want to grow fresh, healthy, pesticide-free produce in your own home, all year round? If so, indoor hydroponic growing may be for you!
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using nutrient-rich water instead of soil. Many commercial, independent and DIY farms successfully utilize hydroponics, but many are grown in large outdoor areas or greenhouses. But what if you don't have access to a large outdoor area, but still want to grow fruits and vegetables in your own hydroponic farm?
The main challenges of growing indoors are providing artificial lighting (aka grow lights) and optimal nutrient ratios and concentrations. Once these challenges are overcome, however, you will find that indoor hydroponics is a very rewarding and realistic method for growing plants inside your own home, with distinct advantages:
No need for soil
Hydroponics is a well suited method to growing plants indoors, as it does not require the use of soil, which can be messy and bring in lots of insects, bacteria and fungus. Typical house plants and other indoor gardens will require soil, which can be optimal breeding grounds for fungus gnats and other creatures.
Climate, lighting & pest control
Because the plants are grown indoors, the climate and lighting conditions can be controlled electronically and plants are protected from pests and the natural elements, eliminating the need to use pesticides, fungicides and insecticides that many commercial farms will use (no matter how "green" or "organic" they claim to be!)
Our guide covers a variety of topics ranging from general background information and preparation and equipment to specific needs for particular species. In the future we plan to conduct our own scientific experiments to help answer many questions that indoor growers have. We hope you find out guide useful and we welcome any feedback you may have.