Blue Ridge Hydroponics

An Introduction to Hydroponic Gardening

If you have a few square feet or more to devote to intensive indoor growing, we will proudly help you gain further understanding and have a real good time. Indoor gardening requires neither an expensive green-house, or lots of sunny windows. Today’s technology can help you duplicate mother natures best anywhere indoors. Your indoor garden will do well if you provide the right conditions by playing mother nature.

It is easy to create the ideal growing environment:

  • Lighting – the right spectrum and intensity
  • Air – the right temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide level
  • Growing Environment – clean and well ventilated, Water and Nutrients

History of Hydroponics

The word “hydro-ponics” is believed to have come from two Greek words Hydro-meaning water, and ponics – meaning work, in simple terms water works. Hydroponic gardening has been around for ages, the hanging gardens of Babylon, even the Aztec Indians grew plants on rocks in shallow streams and lakes, these where all forms of hydroponic gardening.

Blue Ridge Hydroponics is dedicated in providing the Roanoke Valley and its surrounding areas with the latest technology in home and educational hydroponic supplies. We provide a variety of home brewing equipment and supplies. Our new location, excellent customer service, and prices are more convenient to the customer which saves precious time and money. Come to our location to see the actual hydroponic process in progress.

Advantages of Hydroponics…

Hydroponic gardening is much easier, once a few basics are understood. The advantages of hydroponic gardening are far too numerous to ignore.

Fast Growth

With hydroponics, food and water are delivered directly to the plants roots, so plant energy can be directed into vegetative growth above the surface, instead of being directed to development of a large root system in search of food, water and oxygen. This results in faster growth and earlier yields. This is not the case with soil grown plants where roots compete for food and oxygen, and also can get compact and root bound.

Greater Yields Per Sq. Foot

With hydroponics you can plant or grow more plants per square foot. Smaller root systems and immediate availability of food and water means less competition among plants, so each does not require as much root growth area. You’re limited only to the size of the mature plant, and with training of branches, you can grow many more plants in a small area than you could in soil. There is much better root aeration in hydroponic systems.

Cleaner and More Sterile

Very important when gardening indoors,

Easier Control of Watering-Feeding

Most hydroponic gardens incorporate timers that automate feeding of plants. You simply add water and nutrients in the reservoir, or holding tank, always making sure it is full.

Less Work

With automated watering and feeding, a hydroponic garden requires less manual labor and valuable time.

Fewer Pests

No soil born pests. The cleaner environment and healthier growth usually results in fewer pest problems of any kind.

No Over Watering or Under Watering

These two big problems cause more plant deaths in soil than anything else, with hydroponics these problems are solved.

Healthy Bushier Plants

Hydroponic gardening assures you of maximum yield, faster growth, and healthier plants.