Hydroponic gardening is an advanced technique employed as an intensive horticultural practice among many. Developed in order to get rid of unpredictability that comes with traditional methods, hydroponics is an effort to seek complete control over the plant development.
Growing crop under controlled environment does not guarantee desired growth pattern among the plants. This is one of the vital points that to be taken into account when planning of commercial hydroponic gardens.
Need to go for hydroponics: Commercial hydroponics growers for majority are the ones are already involved in the business. When turning to a new technique of growing, one should recognize the critical aspects of task he/she tends to improve on; which may be the pursuit of better yield or quality if not the inherent desire to try new things.
Market research: This is something much easier for growers with established business and contacts within the available market. For a new person, sufficient research must be carried out to determine the demand a crop has among the customers. To make the enterprise financially feasible, the start-up and operational cost of a hydroponic system should be properly estimated with respect to the financial return at the end. A cautious grower tends to observe yearly changes in the crop-price to make sure the profit factor remains viable.
Resources: Among the simple aspects of home hydroponics such as land and water; choice of a certain system requires supply of tools and hardware. In an available land, enough space should be there to not only support the actual cultivation; but also the support systems as well. Water source is an imperative factor as its quality determine a strain that is exerted on the budget; to ensure acceptable quality is made available. Among the other things, help is expected for number of reasons when starting something new. Easily accessible expert advice may come in different forms, but is needed on many turns throughout the crop cycle. Other forms of help include availability of professionals in building or maintaining the whole operation.
Crop: The chosen crop for every grower is may be something he/she is already experienced with in the first place or it may be something entirely new. In both cases, the systems components should reflect every growing need of the plant including growing media, nutrients, lights, humidity, temperature and regular care.
Systems: Choice of crop echoes down to individual components of the hydroponics system, as also with amount of control the grower desires. The system could be recirculating or non-circulating; as along with the proper sub-irrigation technique, the types crop forces the choice of appropriate growing medium as well.
Overall yield: Sufficiently correct estimates prior to the start helps to calculate the amount of produce that is possible in the given area. Plant density affects this decision something which in turn affects environmental requirements. Risk of diseases and appearance of pests should be taken into account given the prior occurrence of both in the given area.
Management and finance: Every system comes with its relative ease of control, but overall management is required to avoid any kind of failure. A preliminary estimate should be made in order the cover all the important factors so that grower can carve out a monthly ‘cash flow budget’. A small trial system can provide some approximation useful in arranging overall budget for the operation.
The planning sequence at the end of the day improves with relative experience quite significantly; but a cautious start can always helps to thin out financial burden.