What are Net Pots and Hydroponic System explained
Todays Topic is in brief on What is a Net pot and What is a Hydroponic System.
What are Net Pots?
Net pots also termed sometimes as Hydroponic pots, rooter pots, germination pots, are mini plastic pots with a net framework, commonly used in hydroponic gardening, and are used to anchor the plants in the hydroponic system. They can be used with or without a growing medium like cocopeat, soil, neoprene collars, etc.
Hydroponic net pots are often reusable and made from rigid plastic mesh to promote drainage and air circulation. Net pots have also been known to optimize root growth and plant development. Because of the holes that are present at all the sides of the pots, plants can easily acquire moisture and nutrients.
Many different plants can be grown using net pots in hydroponic systems.
What does Hydroponic System mean?
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without using soil (i.e., soil less). This technique instead uses a mineral nutrient solution in a water solvent, allowing the nutrient uptake process to be more efficient than when using soil. There are several types or variations of hydroponics.
Hydroponics is suitable for commercial food producers and hobbyist gardeners alike. Hydroponics possesses several advantages over a soil medium. Unlike plants grown in soil, plants grown in a hydroponics system do not need to develop extensive root structures to search for nutrients. It is easier to test and adjust pH levels. In the hydroponics method, plants are raised in an inert and perfectly pH balanced growing medium where the plants only need to expend minimal energy to acquire nutrients from the roots. The energy saved by the roots is better spent on fruit and flower production.
Its broadly of 2 types – Active and Passive.
An Active hydroponic system moves the nutrient solution actively using a pump.
A passive system moves it using a wick – this is not the preferred method and unreliable.
Hydroponic system includes the following methods or growing techniques most of which are built with plastic:
• Static Solution Culture
• Nutrient film technique (NFT) or Continuous flow solution method.
• Wicks system – that’s passive system
• Ebb and flow (flood and drain)
• The commonly used Drip irrigation system is also a part of hydroponic system.
• Aeroponic system.
Because Net pots are cheap and easily available, they are commonly used by small-scale agricultural planters and gardeners. These are available in different sizes ranging from 2 inches to 6 inches diameter.
The net-pots are especially beneficial for smaller plants and the pots can additionally be used with several types of growing media. Roots can grow directly through the open meshwork as the plants develops and infact this can actually encourage healthier and stronger root system in plants.
In hydroponics system with netpots, different types of potting media are added to help the plants grow and thrive. Like, Gravel or growstones, coco husk, perlite, vermiculite, rockwool, hydroton, etc and any other growth medium that is large enough not to come out through the holes of the net pot. In some cases, net pots are used on bubbler buckets as well.
Net pots make it convenient to transfer the hydroponic plants without causing any damage to the roots or stems. The oversized lip around the top of the Net Pot makes it easier to grab, lift, and transport.
Whether you’re using netpots for either hydroponic or soil-based, the Net Pots work with all types of growing media.
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