We asked Holland Hydroponics in Burnley some top questions to assist any growers thinking about switching from traditional methods to the efficient and effective world of hydroponics. Here is what they had to say;
What are the main considerations for a grower moving from pots and soil to a hydro system?
The main concept growers have to think about when considering switching their growing methods is; do they want better results? If so, then hydro systems are the way forward.
The first most considerable factor is the use of less media and therefore less mess! Traditional growing methods can result in soil getting everywhere whereas hydro systems create a far slicker experience. The effect of better results also allows the grower to build more confidence in their ability, as you see your plants flourish so does your motivation to push your next crop even further.
What do you believe are the biggest misconceptions of grower’s who might be thinking of moving to hydro, but are scared to?
The biggest misconception is that you can just leave a hydro system, although you don’t have to watch it as much as you would an ordinary plant in a pot, you do still have to monitor your grow. Which is a good thing, despite the fact you aren’t physically watering your plants, it is still rewarding to see your plant at each stage until the end result.
What advice would you provide to a grower to get them over their fears?
This is dependent on the person, but let’s say they have been searching the internet and have seen things could go wrong with hydro systems, well yes they can, but no more so than with pots and soil. They should look to minimise the risk by keeping things simple. Choose a system like a Wilma, use clay pebbles and feed constantly. Nice and easy.
What kind of results do growers achieve that move from pots and soil to hydro?
If everything goes well and they encounter no problems, they should achieve a 30-50% higher yield than growing with pots and soil.
What type of system do newer growers move to from pots and soil?
The best system for hydro beginners is the Wilma. It was one of the most versatile systems you can use as it allows soil, coco or clay pebbles to be used in it. So if your wanting to put your hand to hydro this is the system to use – it’s easy and effective.
What is your one top tip for getting the most from a hydro system?
Be hands on and keep it simple!