noun, plural in form but singular in construction
hy·​dro·​pon·​ics | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈpä-niks How to pronounce hydroponics (audio) \

Definition of hydroponics

: the growing of plants in nutrient solutions with or without an inert medium (such as soil) to provide mechanical support

Other Words from hydroponics

hydroponic \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈpä-​nik How to pronounce hydroponics (audio) \ adjective
hydroponically \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈpä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydroponics (audio) \ adverb

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Hydroponics, also known as aquaculture or tank farming, began as a way of studying scientifically the mechanisms of plant nutrition. Hydroponically grown plants may have no solid material under them at all; instead, their roots often simply hang in water with a rich mix of nutrients dissolved in it. The principal advantage to hydroponics is the savings from reduced labor costs, since it's generally carried on in enclosed areas and the irrigation and fertilizing are done mechanically. Peppers, cucumbers, and various other vegetables are produced hydroponically in huge quantities.

Examples of hydroponics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And with the growing popularity of hydroponics, the possibility may not be too far away. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 Its Hawthorne Gardening Company subsidiary has scooped up the biggest players in hydroponics, lighting and other supplies used for growing. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 31 May 2022 Other ideas remain somewhat vague, like a general call for more urban agriculture, including hydroponics and rooftop farms. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Besides, that’s a harsh color to have in your living space. Web research on lighting choices will lead to hobby forums (aquariums, vivaria, hydroponics, orchids, etc.) and multiple discussions about which fixtures and color blends are recommended. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 27 Jan. 2022 A year later, Publix partnered with local hydroponics company Brick Street Farms, to add a 40-foot hydroponic farm in a parking lot outside its store in Lakeland, Florida, where Publix is headquartered. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 25 Jan. 2022 Vertical hydroponics is a method of farming that is both faster and more efficient than traditional farming. Kaylee Staral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Dec. 2021 In 2017, Baird supported organic certification of farms relying on hydroponics, or growing without soil—a scandalous idea to some traditionalists. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 The company’s products include harvesting, soils and mediums, containers and trays, pest and disease control, nutrients and additives, hydroponics, grow lights, fans and ventilation and cloning and propagation. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 10 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hydroponics

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydroponics

hydr- + -ponics (as in geoponics agriculture)

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“Hydroponics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroponics. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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