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Not to provide nutrients, but so the roots can support the plants weight and hold it upright. Just about any inert material can be used as a growing media.
Hydroponic growing media is simply a soil-less material that is generally porous so it can hold the moisture and oxygen that the root system requires to grow. Non porous materials can be used as well, but watering cycles would need to be more frequent so the roots don't dry out between watering's.
See the List of different types of growing media for hydroponics The growing medium won't be able to grow anything on its own. If you placed plants in hydroponic growing media, and watered it with plain water, the plants would starve from nutrient deficiency.
The nutrients the plants need are provided by the nutrient solution, and is what the growing media is watered and moistened with. While there are a lot of materials that can be used as growing media in hydroponics, they can all have very different property's than another type of media.
We have even seen the use of hay bales as growing medium to grow tomatoes, using a drip lines on top to drip the nutrient solution onto the hay bales and tomato plant roots. There isn't one growing media that is better than the rest. Especially with so many different hydroponic system designs possible.
However many growers eventually favor one type over others. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing what to use as a growing media. The type of system your growing in, and how you design and build that system is the biggest factor.
While there is no one best growing media for all situations, some growing media's work better than others in different systems. You just need the roots to be moist, not soggy and saturated. If the growing media is saturated and soggy, the roots will suffocate from lack of oxygen.
That situation can easily lead to roots dying, and root rot.
Things to consider about growing media for each type of hydroponic system Drip systems Drip systems are fairly easy to control moisture in. As long as you design it so it has good drainage, and limit water pooling at the bottom you should be able to keep your growing media from being too soggy.
We like to use river rock at the bottom to aid drainage, and keep the growing media from sitting in a pool of water at the bottom. NFT systems NFT systems use a very shallow, but continuous stream of water at the bottom of a channel where the roots wick up moisture.
Most NFT systems either use small starter cubes or small 1 inch baskets, then let the roots just hang down into the flowing water. If these cubes or baskets are to close to the water supply, and your growing media can become saturated easily, that combination can lead to "stem rot" if the growing media around the stem is always saturated.
Ebb-Flow flood and drain systems Flood and drain systems can vary quite a bit in design. But generally you would want to stay away from any growing media that floats like Perlite and Vermiculite.
Each time the system cycles on for the flooding stage the growing media will become weightless, then your plants will loose all their support and want to tip over.
Depending on your system you could lower the flood level so floating is minimal, as long as the root-ball can still get plenty of moisture and you don't loose much plant support. Plant support may not be as much of a factor if growing vine type plants like tomato's, peas or melons that would be tied to a trellis as well.
Also with flood and drain systems, and depending on the type of growing media you choose, you want to make sure you have good drainage so that the growing media isn't continually saturated.
Grow rocks won't wick up much moisture, but we like using coco chips a lot because they are inexpensive, but coco chips wick up water if they are sitting in it. So a layer of river rock at the bottom keeps it from sitting in the water.
Water culture systems Water culture systems don't generally use much if any growing media because it is designed so the plants roots are submerged into the nutrient solution itself. So plants are generally started using small starter cubes or small baskets.
Starter cubes typically are suspended above the water line, while baskets can suspended either just above or just below the water line.
The growing media you choose and how much it absorbs moisture will make a difference. You don't want it to become saturated, you just want it to be moist at the bottom, the top should be dry.
The roots will grow downward into the nutrient solution. Now you may be wondering if it's so bad if the growing media becomes saturated, why won't the roots become suffocated if their under water all the time in a water culture system.
First not all plants do well in water culture systems. Second and most important, a water culture system uses an air pump to generate a lot of air bubbles to the roots under water.
The plants get oxygen from these air bubbles directly, as well as the air bubbles increase the dissolved oxygen levels in the water itself. Aeroponic systems Aeroponic systems typically don't use much growing media at all.
Aeroponic systems are designed to allow the roots hang in the air while getting frequently getting misted with nutrient solution so the roots don't dry out.Peter From 'American Vandal' Might Be Growing Up, But Tyler Alvarez Hopes Season 3 Will Be As Immature As Ever.
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