A hydroponic system is the technique of growing plants without using soil as a substrate. Hydroponics utilizes a solution with the necessary nutrients for plants to grow strong and healthy. The seeds are sown in the selected substrate (wool rock, Leca, sawdust, coconut fiber, vermiculite, etc) to create seedlings. The seedlings germinate in the nursery and are then transferred to a place where they can grow until the plants are ready to be harvested or produce fruit.
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