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Vertical hydroponic systems are not as popular as their normal counterparts, but they still offer some advantages that come in quite handy in different situations. Find out if the advantages of using vertical hydroponic systems outdo their defects from your point of view.
In almost every aspect, indoor hydroponics managed to surpass its soil-based counterpart, but one aspect in the comparison truly made it lose ground: room space. In a soil culture, you basically have incredible amounts of space to work with, since you can provide nutrients (from the soil) and lighting (from the Sun and Moon) to limitless numbers of plants and you can always find a nice patch of fertile ground that can be used for growing plants. In order to cope with this problem, scientists focusing on hydroponic grow systems had to think outside the box and that's exactly what they did, inventing vertical hydroponic systems.
It's pretty obvious why vertical hydroponic systems are such a huge improvement in space. Our room space is often more constrictive on width and length than it is on height, since the higher parts of a room are not normally used by us (unless you're Spiderman and like to spend time walking on walls/ceilings). But in a greenhouse, the effects of vertical hydroponic systems are even more pronounced, since you can grow on the greenhouse's entire length AND its height. That's a three-dimensional increase in crops right there!
Another great advantage that vertical hydroponic systems bring is the use of light. Up until now, if you would add another normal hydroponic growing system in your greenhouse or growth room, you would probably need an additional light source to handle all of the systems. With vertical hydroponic systems, you can use the same light source for several of them! This can save you the initial $300 or so dollars you would have spent on a quality metal halide or high pressure sodium lamp and also save you money in the long run, through lower power consumption.
Of course, if you're really serious about vertical hydroponic systems and have a lot of them around, then you'll probably want multiple source for them as well. Mainly because one vertical system will outshadow another at some point, depriving it of the much needed light source. If you can't afford multiple light sources, you can buy a mobile light unit that can move around the room and light everything gradually.
Last but not least, vertical hydroponic systems are great for home decoration. Sure, a normal system with a fully open plant or flower looks great for the room as well, but a vertical hydroponic system can truly make the room shine. If you're aiming for this aspect in particular, try growing the plant that produces full leaves and fruit, such as strawberries. Strawberries look great on a vertical hydroponic system and they'll surely make your room look and feel fresher and more colorful.
In conclusion, you'll probably ask, if vertical hydroponic systems are so great, why aren't they used more often by gardeners? Well, there are still a few problems related to such systems that need to be fixed before fully getting the most out of them. Most are related to producing hydroponic food for commercial use and vertical hydroponic systems are not the best for this purpose, since gravity will affect the size and growth rate of the plants in a negative way.
For décor and room saving purposes though…they're the best.