Hydroponic gardening, or gardening without soil, has been popular in greenhouses for decades, and now home gardeners are beginning to jump on the bandwagon.
Growing plants in water instead of soil offers benefits to the gardener and the plant, including:
- complete control over nutrients
- ease in measuring and maintaining pH and nutrient levels
- reduction of soil pests and diseases
- less space used due to smaller roots
- reduction in water waste
You can grow plants hydroponically from seed to harvest, or you can start seedlings in a hydroponic garden before transplanting to a traditional garden.
The All Roots Seed Starting System from Gardens Alive! is a state-of-the-art self-contained unit for starting seeds hydroponically. Instead of filling seedling trays with potting soil, add seeds to the cells of the All Roots tray and allow them to root directly in the water reservoir below.
Seedlings won’t fall into the reservoir because they are held in their cells by a biodegradable floating plug. Once your seedlings are large enough to transplant, remove them from the cells and plant in your garden. The system comes in several sizes, so you can choose the tray that’s large enough for your seed starting needs.
Using a hydroponic seed starting system can increase germination time, shave days off of the time to transplant, and it also ensures strong healthy seedlings because they are pulling nutrition directly from the water instead of searching for it in the soil.