With the continued implementation of new equipment and new concepts and methods, such as hydroponics and soilless practices, crop growth has improved and become more efficient. Focusing on the basic principles and practical growth requirements, the Complete Guide for Growing Plants Hydroponically offers valuable information for the commercial grower, the researcher, the hobbyist, and the student interested in hydroponics. It provides details on methods of growing that are applicable to a range of environmental growing systems.

The author begins with an introduction that covers the past, present, and future of hydroponics. He also describes the basic concepts behind how plants grow, followed by several chapters that present in-depth practical details for hydroponic growing systems:

These chapters cover the nutritional requirements of plants and how to best prepare and use nutrient solutions to satisfy plant requirements, with different growing systems and rooting media, under a variety of conditions. The book gives many nutrient solution formulas and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various hydroponic systems. It also contains a chapter that describes a school project, which students can follow to generate nutrient element deficiency symptoms and monitor their effects on plant growth.

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Complete Guide for Growing Plants Hydroponically

Author(s): J Benton Jones Jnr

Hydroponics

With the continued implementation of new equipment and new concepts and methods, such as hydroponics and soilless practices, crop growth has improved and become more efficient. Focusing on the basic principles and practical growth requirements, the Complete Guide for Growing Plants Hydroponically offers valuable information for the commercial grower, the researcher, the hobbyist, and the student interested in hydroponics. It provides details on methods of growing that are applicable to a range of environmental growing systems.


The author begins with an introduction that covers the past, present, and future of hydroponics. He also describes the basic concepts behind how plants grow, followed by several chapters that present in-depth practical details for hydroponic growing systems:



  • The essential plant nutrient elements

  • The nutrient solution

  • Rooting media

  • Systems of hydroponic culture

  • Hydroponic application factors



These chapters cover the nutritional requirements of plants and how to best prepare and use nutrient solutions to satisfy plant requirements, with different growing systems and rooting media, under a variety of conditions. The book gives many nutrient solution formulas and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various hydroponic systems. It also contains a chapter that describes a school project, which students can follow to generate nutrient element deficiency symptoms and monitor their effects on plant growth.

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J. Benton Jones, Jr., earned a BS degree in agricultural science from the University of Illinois and obtained MS and PhD degrees in agronomy from the Pennsylvania State University. He has written extensively on hydroponic topics and has been engaged in hydroponic research projects for much of his professional career. Dr. Jones is considered an authority on applied plant physiology and the use of analytical methods for assessing the nutrient element status of rooting media and plants as a means for ensuring plant nutrient element sufficiency in both soil and soilless crop production settings. At various times, he has served as a director of several university and commercial soil and plant analysis laboratories, and he still serves as an advisor for two such laboratories.

Introduction


Introduction


Hydroponics defined


Is hydroponics a science?


Hydroponic terminology


Historical past


The future of hydroponics


Hydroponic practice and the art of hydroponics


Value of the hydroponic method


Internet


Units of measure


Abbreviations


How plants grow


Introduction


Photosynthesis


Soil fertility factors


The plant root


Water content and uptake


Ion uptake


Root surface chemistry


The essential plant nutrient elements


Introduction


Terminology


Criteria for essentiality


The major elements


The micronutrients


Content in plants


Function in plants


Forms of utilization


The beneficial elements


Element substitution


Visual plant symptoms of elemental deficiency or excess


The nutrient solution


Introduction


Water quality


Water pH


Water and nutrient solution filtering and sterilization


Weights and measures


Nutrient solution reagents


Nutrient solution formulations


General purpose/use formulations


Plant species requirement adjustments of the nutrient solution


Nutrient solution control


Methods and timing of nutrient solution delivery


Constancy


Programmable controllers


Summary


Rooting media


Introduction


Perlite


Rockwool


Coir


Elemental content of perlite, rockwool, and coir


Systems of hydroponic culture


Introduction


Mediumless hydroponic systems


Rooting medium hydroponic systems


Hydroponic application factors


Introduction


Progressive developments


Nutrient solution formulations and their use


Cultivar/variety availability and selection


Constancy


Grower skill and competence


Factors for success


Controlled-environment agriculture


Outdoor hydroponics


Home gardener/hobby hydroponic grower


Educational role


Introduction


Demonstration project


Nutrient element deficiency experiments


References


Hydroponic reference books


Cited References


Appendix A: Measurement factors


Appendix B: Essential element summarization tables


Appendix C: Diagnostic testing


Appendix D: Common errors made when plants are grown hydroponically


Index


 


 

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