Horizontal hydroponics is the oldest known hydroponic system. It is a floating and passive hydroponics culture that does not consume electricity and uses nature to function. Hydroponics simple and not expensive.
Origin of horizontal hydroponics
It is the Incas who first developed horizontal hydroponics, which then resurfaced when it was discovered by the conquistadors in the 15th century. Without electricity, it is a passive hydroponic system using stagnant water and light.
Operation of horizontal hydroponics
- The system consists of a flat surface such as a water-repellent board, plastic or polystyrene placed over a water tank that is perforated to accommodate the young shoots.
- Longer germination is necessary to allow the plant to grow slightly more so that it can be planted in moss or wood (1-2 weeks).
- The seeds are then placed in its substrate and nature is allowed to do so.
Different types of possible cultures:
There are several types of possible winter cultivation in horizontal hydroponics, starting with lettuce, mustard, watercress, mint, mizuna, curly leaf, cabbage, etc.
In summer, however, the choices are more limited, but it is always nice to grow basil, cucumber, chard or flowers such as sunflower and zinnia.
If you are a fan, then you can also try the traditional hydro crops that you are used to working like tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, etc.
In principle, say that floating culture is far from being a simple culture, the elements have trouble growing in it, so it is better to prefer plants with shorter growing cycles that support moisture well.