Organic vs Inorganic Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponics is an advances method of gardening centered around the use of a water-based growing medium instead of a traditional soil-based medium. We discuss some of the benefits of hydroponics in a previous blog post here, but the general consensus is that hydroponics – when performed correctly – yields bigger, healthier plants.

But there are actually two different types of hydroponic gardens: organic and inorganic, both of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you’re thinking about creating your own hydroponic garden, you should familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of each method. Only then will you be able to make the best decision regarding which method is right for your plants.

Inorganic Hydroponics

Inorganic hydroponics, as its name suggests, focuses on the use of chemical-based inorganic nutrients. Plants grown in a hydroponics garden require nutrients to sustain their development and health.

Without soil, however, gardeners must add these nutrients in liquid form to the water medium; thus, flushing the plants’ roots with vital nutrients. Inorganic hydroponics refers to the use of inorganic nutrient substances to nourish plants.

Inorganic nutrient solutions are typically stronger and more concentrated, possessing only the key nutrients which are required for healthy plant growth and development.

Organic Hydroponics

Organic hydroponics differs from its counterpart in a few different ways, one of which is its use of organic nutrients to nourish plants. Bacteria and microorganisms are used to break down nutrients so plants can absorb them more easily.

Another nuance between organic and inorganic hydroponics is pesticide. Inorganic hydroponics typically relies on the use of chemical-based insecticides to keep pests at bay, whereas organic hydroponics relies on the use of insects and organic products to ward off potentially harmful pests.

So, what constitutes an “organic” pest control solution? Lady bugs are often added to organic hydroponic gardens to kill aphids and other problematic insects. And neem oil is popular organic pest control solution that’s frequently applied to plants. The key thing to remember is that you want to choose products which are all-natural and not synthesized with harsh chemicals.

The main benefit of organic hydroponics is its nutrient value. Organic substances are generally viewed as safer and better for both plant health and human health. If you’re growing plants for the purpose of consumption, you may want to grow them organically for this reason alone.