Learn how to grow plants without soil at home!
Hydroponics can be used by gardeners to produce
vegetables and herbs in small spaces such as balconies and apartments as
well as in greenhouses for out-of-season production of certain crops.
Instead of soil, plants are grown in a sterile medium, such as rockwool,
perlite or sand. The medium provides a means of support only and does
not add to the plants’ nutrient requirements. All the nutrients taken up
by the plants in this system are added artificially through a nutrient
solution. Solutions vary according to the type of crop grown.
This course is a good starting point for those who have little
experience in horticulture or hydroponics; whose main interest is in
growing AT HOME. Unlike our other courses, this course is NOT intended
for commercial growing in any way. You will learn the theory behind
hydroponic culture, as well as receive first hand practical experience
as you set up your own basic hydroponic system.
- A course for home gardeners with limited space or a passion for applying technology.
- Learn the theory behind this space efficient method of growing.
- Start any time, work at your own pace, grow anything from vegetables and berries, to cut flowers and herbs.
- Course Duration: 100 hours of self paced study
The course comprises 12 lessons, as follows:
- Basic Chemistry and Plant Nutrition - atoms, elements, nutrient deficiency symptoms
- Nutrient Solutions - calculating formulae, hydroponic nutrition, preparing nutrient solutions
- Types of Systems A - classification of hydroponic systems, ingredients of hydroponic systems, rockwool.
- Types of Systems B - what makes up a system, 16 hydroponic ideas, NFT, solution dispensation.
- Plant Problems in Hydroponics - pests and diseases, nutritional and environmental problems, water and plant relationships, pH.
- How a Plant Grows - growth, nutrient solutions, preparing a solution, mechanisms of nutrient uptake, photosynthesis.
- Plant Culture - controlling environmental features, post harvest storage.
- Hydroponic Vegetable Production - how to grow vegetables hydroponically.
- Hydroponic Cut Flower Production - growing flowers in hydroponics, carnations.
- Soil Media vs Nutrient Film - berries, indoor plants, types of media, NFT.
- Greenhouse Operation & Management - solar energy applications in horticulture, greenhouse management.
- Special Assignment - a report on how to improve your present hydroponic venture, or a report on planning a new hydroponic venture.
Each lesson culminates in an
assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school’s
tutors and returned to you with relevant suggestions, comments and if
necessary, extra reading.
What is Hydroponics?
is the process used to grow plants without soil and literally means
“working water.” The grower is taking control of the plant’s root
environment and losing the benefit of mother nature’s finely tuned
mechanisms which normally control part of the plants development. So
therefore, when you remove the soil from a plant and take control of its
roots, it is essential that you have a good understanding of how it
Hydroponics is not an easier way
to grow plants! It is a more controlled way of growing plants. However,
it is not a magical way to grow plants either. Anybody can grow plants
in soil with reasonable success but to grow plants in hydroponics, you
must understand how the plant grows, so that you can control the light
and temperature, water, oxygen and nutrients in the root zone. These
elements are all vital elements in the health and growth of the plants
growing in the system.
course aims to develop a solid grounding in the principles of soil-less
cultivation of plants in a home hydroponics situation.
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