What Differs Indoor Hydroponic from Outdoor Hydroponic?

Hydroponics: Comparing Indoor Vs. Outdoor Growing

Hydroponics is an interesting way of growing crops and plants. Needless to say, it is one of the most innovative agricultural technologies available today. Some of the benefits include water economy, better nutrition control, high yield volumes per any given volume of space, ease of automation, and more. Through hydroponics, you can grow crops outdoor or indoors. In this article, find out how these two different growth approaches vary.


outdoor hydroponics, you have all the natural lighting you need to support growth. The benefit of this is that you don't have to pay for lighting and you have unlimited light 365 days/year. With indoor hydroponics, you have to install artificial lighting in the form of LED bulbs, fluorescents, incandescent bulbs, etc. This requires a bit of money for installation and monthly upkeep. The only upside to artificial lighting is that you can regulate lighting as much as you want.

Temp Control

Temperature is a key requirement for growth. Outdoors, the weather dictates the temperatures. You can install artificial heaters for the cold seasons at a cost if you wish to plant all year round. Indoors, artificial temperature control is absolutely needed round the clock; it is one of the major costs you will have to plan for in advance. Again, just as with lighting, the upside is that you can control the temperature to ensure maximum yields.

Space Economy

Space is critical when it comes to agriculture. Whether growing outdoors or indoors, you can take advantage of vertical space to create story growth mediums. The cost and installation requirements will be almost similar in both locations (indoors and outdoors). The only difference when it comes to space economy is that there is more outdoor space than indoor space available for agriculture, especially hydroponics.

Cost Of Space

Another cost that you need to evaluate is that of hiring space. Generally, indoor space is more expensive because you're using a developed space that is not easy to come by. Outdoors, you can find much cheaper land in non-urban locations.

Security And Durability

When it comes to security and durability, indoor hydroponics has better odds than outdoor hydroponics. This is because indoors, your growth facility is protected by stone, concrete or bricks. In the case of a storm or a vandalism attempt, an indoor facility has much better odds of not being ruined. Also, in the long term, indoor facilities are likely to endure better while outdoor facilities, especially the greenhouse covers, may need to be refurbished every now and then.

Not sure which to go with? Consult a hydroponics consultant first. They can provide you with a more specialized analysis depending on where you're planning to grow and what you're planning to grow.

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