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Difference Between Hydroponics and Aeroponics

Main Difference

The main difference between Hydroponics and Aeroponics is that the Hydroponics is the method of plant cultivation in which plants are grown in the nutrient-rich water rather than soil, whereas Aeroponics is the method of cultivation in which plants are supplied through the high pressurized nutrient-rich air.

Hydroponics vs. Aeroponics

Hydroponics is the method of cultivation that includes both the aeroponics and aquaporins; on the other hand, aeroponics is the method of cultivation that is the type of hydroponics. Hydroponics is the method of plant cultivation in which plants are grown in the nutrient-rich water rather than soil; on the other hand, aeroponics is the method of cultivation in which plants are supplied through the high pressurized nutrient-rich air. In hydroponics, the plant roots are directly in contact with the highly nutrient-rich water; on the flip side, in aeroponics, the plant roots are directly in contact with the highly nutrient-rich air.

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In hydroponics, a large amount of water is required; on the opposite side, in aeroponics, very less amount of water is required. In hydroponics, plants are less exposed to the outages; on the other side of the coin, in aeroponics, the plant is easily exposed to the outages. In hydroponics, plants are made hold still with the help of the chemically inert media; on the other hand, in aeroponics, plants are made hold still with the help of the boards, foam sheets, and plastic clips.

In hydroponics, the medium is used chemically inert such as clay pellets, perlite, gravel, sand, or rock wool; on the flip side, in aeroponics, no chemical medium is used. In hydroponics, it has the ability to modify all the types of plants; on the opposite side, in aeroponics, there is the only olive, and citrus plants are modified. Hydroponics need low maintenance, whereas aeroponics needs high maintenance.

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Comparison Chart

HydroponicsAeroponics
Hydroponics is the method of plant cultivation in which plants are grown in the nutrient-rich water rather than soil.Aeroponics is the method of cultivation in which plants are supplied through the high pressurized nutrient-rich air.
Significance
It includes aquaponics and aeroponics.It is the type of hydroponics.
Roots
The roots of plants are directly in contact with the water.The roots of plants are directly in contact with the highly pressurized and nutrient-rich mist.
Amount of Water Used
It needs a large amount of water.It needs a very small amount of water.
Outages
Plants are less exposed to outages in hydroponics.Plants are more exposed to outages in aeroponics.
Holding the Plant
Plants can hold still with the help of a chemical medium.Plants can hold still with the help of the plastic clips, boards, or foam sheets.
Medium
It includes a chemical medium such as clay pellets, rock wool, sand, or gravel.No medium is required in it.
Types of Plants
It can modify all types of plants.It can modify only the olive and citrus plants.
Advantages
It needs only low maintenance.It needs a very clean and effective method.
Disadvantages
It is a very expensive method.It just requires to establish indoors.
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What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is the system of growing all the plants without the use of soil, so it is also known as the water culture, and as they need water for the process so also known as the water culture. It requires a considerable amount of water. It is the system that can be easily exposed to outages, and that can still modify all kinds of plants in the water culture system without the need for the soil in the process. It is the method that may include aquaponics and aeroponics.

This method has many significances in which one is that it does not need very high maintenance during the process. But the main drawback is that this process is very expensive to perform for an ordinary person. This system can hold the plant in one place with the help of a medium that is chemically inert. The chemically inert medium includes sand, rock wool, clay pallets, or gravel.

Plants in the hydroponic system are generally less exposed to the outages. The roots of the plants in the hydroponic system are in direct contact with the water rather than the air. This water is a nutrient-rich source that is useful for the growth of the plants during the method of cultivation.

What is Aeroponics?

Aeroponic is the system of growing all the plants with the less use of water but generally uses the high energy and nutrient containing air, so it is also called as the frogponics. It is the system that is hardly exposed to the outages and can still modify only the olive and cactus plants. It is the type of hydroponic system. This method has many significances that it needs very high maintenance means it needs an efficient and precise method of plant cultivation.

But this system also has a drawback that it can perform only indoors. An aeroponic system can hold the plant still in one place with the help of the plastic clips and boards or foam sheets. The highly pressurized and nutrient-rich mist or air is just used in this process the growth of plants. This system can modify only the olive and cactus plants as it needs only a small amount of water during the process. The roots of plants in the aeroponic system are in direct contact with the highly pressurized or nutrient-rich air.

Key Difference

  1. Hydroponics is the type of plant cultivation in which plants are grown in nutrient-rich water rather than in soil; on the other hand, aeroponics is the type of plant cultivation in which plants are grown in the highly pressurized and nutrient-rich air mist.
  2. Hydroponics includes both aquaponics and aeroponics; on the flip side; aeroponics is the type of hydroponics.
  3. The roots of plants are in direct contact with the surrounding water; on the opposite side, the roots of plants are in direct contact with the surrounding air.
  4. Hydroponics used a considerable amount of water during the method; on the other side of the coin, aeroponics uses a very small amount of water during the method.
  5. Plants in hydroponics are very less exposed to the outages; on the other hand, plants in aeroponics are more exposed to outages.
  6. In hydroponics, plants can hold still with the help of the chemically inert medium; on the flip side, in aeroponics, plants can hold still with the help of plastic clips, foam sheets, or boards.
  7. In hydroponics, the system can modify all the types of plants; on the opposite side, in aeroponics, the system has the ability to modify only the olive and citrus plants.
  8. In hydroponics, the system needs very low maintenance; on the other side of the coin, in aeroponics, the system needs a very efficient and clean method of cultivation.
  9. Hydroponics is a costly system; on the other hand, aeroponics is a system that can on;y be established at indoors.

Conclusion

The above discussion concludes that hydroponic is the cultivation method that includes both aeroponics and aquaporins, whereas aeroponics is the cultivation method that is the type of hydroponics.

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