Singapore needs more plant to battle pollution. You do not need to plant trees though. Inside your homes, there are many plants that you can consider that can help lessen pollution indoors. Have you ever heard of hydroponics? Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without a soil. You can actually grow a plant without a soil? That seems modern.
This is practical for indoor use thereby encouraged by many. Hydroponic is the subgroup of soilless culture. In hydroponics, it uses mineral nutrient solutions for growing plants. If you are not familiar about this method of growing plant, here are some things that you need to know about hydroponics:
- Substrates: Substrates refer to the medium to be used in hydroponics. There are different mediums that one can use. These mediums include expanded sheep wool, wood fibre, pumice, gravel, coir peat, brick shards, clay aggregate, growstones, vermiculite, sand, perlite, rock wool, polystyrene packing peanuts and rice husks. Of all the mediums, the most common is the expanded clay aggregate. Clay palettes are used to control nutrients using water solution.
- Nutrient solutions: Nutrient solutions are an integral part of hydroponics. There are different nutrient solutions one can consider from inorganic hydroponic solutions to organic hydroponic solutions. In traditional agriculture, nutrients are adjusted to fulfil the minimum required for particular plant variety. A farmer can choose to add acids and agents to add nutrient intake of plants. As for the tools, there are different equipment like pH meter, electrical conductivity meters, litmus paper, graduated cylinders and measuring spoons.
- Advancements: The productivity of hydroponics is undeniably high because of recued pest problems. It does not end there. It is productive because nutrients are instantly fed to the roots of the plants. For farmers to improve and increase yield, they should consider construction of cultured grow rooms. In fact, there are others who consider sealed greenhouses and inject CO2 to the environment to improve growth and fertility of plants.
Hydroponics is the best thing that ever happened to your house. In fact, many furniture manufacturers are integrating hydroponics in their design. Take IKEA for example. IKEA has introduced new indoor gardening product into their stores. The series is called The Krydda/Vaxer series. The developers thought about sustainable food cultivation for city apartment dwellers.
This is good. If you want to support hydroponics, make sure to go to the nearest IKEA store and ask this specific series. With this, the world will be so much better.