Common Media Used in Hydroponics
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How to Cite

Pinkerton, Morgan, Brianna Whitman, Hannah Wooten, and Celina Gomez. 2022. “Common Media Used in Hydroponics: EP623/ENH1359, 8/2022”. EDIS 2022 (4). Gainesville, FL.


Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without using soil. In hydroponics, plants can be grown either directly in a nutrient solution (water-culture) or in an inert media (media-culture). In media-culture, the type of media is critical to the success of plant production. Designed for hydroponic beginners, this new 5-page publication of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department will cover the basic properties of media and specifically discuss media commonly used in hydroponics. Written by Morgan Pinkerton, Brianna Whitman, Hannah Wooten, and Celina Gomez.
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