HydroponicS Background


Hydroponics is no longer a mystery or secret technique anymore. It is a simple, reliable way to grow plants.

It is easier and more consistent by far than growing them in soil.


All you need is to master and apply a few fundamental principles in a systematic order.


However, some background knowledge is essential if you want your project to be a financial success.


It is here where this Compendium of Hydroponic handbooks come into play!



"A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words."


This compendium of handbooks forms part of a series of textbooks, each covering a single aspect of the vast and stimulating field of Hydroponics and Greenhouse Technology.


Most of the books contain a host of colourful images, tables, graphs, bullet lists, etc. to reduce or eliminate unnecessary text.


A few typical pages are illustrated in the examples below.


These few pages give you an overview and some background of what you can expect from to the rest of the compendium of handbooks. 


Books are easy to read and understand

All these handbooks have been written in a practical and understanding manner, which makes it easy to read and understand.


You can read some of them almost like vintage comic books, which I enjoyed reading when I was still a child some 75 years ago.


The images selected were chosen to reduce your reading time to a minimum.


Yet some of the essential handbooks (e.g. Water Disinfection, Strawberry Manual, etc.) contain more pages and require more time to read and study.


The water book is written conventionally, as it is practically impossible to cover every aspect of this critical field with images, tables, graphs, etc. only.


That specific book contains detailed practical and scientific information on water and the purification requirements for hydroponically grown plants in Greenhouses, Tunnels and under shade netting.


The focus falls on water treatment, purification and chemical requirements of water for open and closed hydroponic systems

Who would benefit by studying the book contents? 


The information contained in this series could be of great value for people who intend to get involved in hydroponic crop production but is also of importance for those already involved.

Owners and managers of seedling nurseries or other types of plantations, nurseries and landscaping, can also maximise their yields and Returns on Investment by applying the information contained in this series of publications.

All the books in this series are richly illustrated, often with photos, graphs, diagrams and PowerPoint images. You may feel as though you are sitting and listening to my lectures while attending one of my short courses, which I developed over many years.


My handbooks titled "Successful Hydroponics" (609 pages) is appreciated by students and commercial growers on the lookout for more advanced technology. You can order it in Black- and White format from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. if you're lucky. 


I cancelled the distribution of the Black and White version because of the loss of quality, which didn't match that of the full-colour images and photos in the original PDF USB version.


Books are based on Sound Scientific, Engineering and Horticultural principles


Sound scientific and engineering principles, which have been tested and proven in modern Hydroponic and Greenhouse applications around the world, are described in the text.


However, a scientific background is not required to understand its contents. Early chapters in the book focus on the way plants grow.


These chapters include some of the histories of Hydroponics. Also, the pros and cons of Hydroponic crop production and short notes on the growth in Hydroponics and Greenhouse interest around the Globe.


Hydroponic crop production can be highly profitable, especially under greenhouse conditions where growers have some control over the climate. However, it requires practical knowledge and technical expertise to optimise production and viability.


The production of a quality product is an exact and expensive venture that involves high technology. The nutrient solution is the basis of all Hydroponics; it is the most important item to come to grips with, and it is the key to success.


These methods are described in detail in a separate publication (WATER)  so that you can maintain the necessary chemical and biological requirements for optimised crop production throughout the production cycle.


Benefits and Drawbacks


Literature has indicated that Hydroponic crop production in containers or gullies has many advantages over soil growing methods. Soilborne diseases are more comfortable to control in hydroponic substrates, which ensures optimal plant growth with carefully balanced nutrient solutions.


Most of the artificial growth media are sterile, but the soil needs sterilisation.


There is an abundance of fresh pine shavings and sawdust, and a limited supply of bark and other suitable materials that are suitable for substrates.


Many South African growers prefer to use sawdust or wood shavings due to the low cost. Still, there are many other alternatives with excellent or comparable results that you shouldn't ignore.


Remember!  I kept you, the reader, in mind at all times.


Read on and Enjoy!


Gert Venter