• Question: What is the best way to grow plants Hydroponics or Soil? My class did Hydroponics in the beginning of the Schoolyear

    Asked by Victoria to Ana on 25 Apr 2016. This question was also asked by Doreen.
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      Ana Páez Garcia answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      It depends on what you are trying to study. For example, for studying the root system hydroponics is great!! You have the whole root system available and clean for imaging and comparing roots of different species… the plants use to develop a big root system in hydroponics and they look very happy. But, the plants normally don’t grow in hydroponics in nature, they do in soil. So, they normally find this impediment in their growth. What I mean with this is that if you look at the same plant growing in soil and in hydroponics, you will find a huge difference in their root system, which influence their upper part growth, too. Besides, a good soil should be more rich in nutrients that the only liquid subtract you use in hydroponics.