The Hydroponic Greenhouse - Hydroponics Using Sunlight

Grow Plants Hydroponically Using Sunlight With a Hydroponic Greenhouse


Most people think that hydroponics is typically used indoors, and that’s true; however, you can grow plants hydroponically outdoors as well. While it has some advantages compared to growing indoors, such as not needing grow lights, it also introduces certain challenges, such as having less control over growing conditions and being dependent on the weather. With that said, I think many people haven’t heard about hydroponic greenhouses. It combines the benefits of growing indoors and outdoors, and building a greenhouse is not as difficult as it might seem. Just like with hydroponic systems, you can even get greenhouse kits. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of hydroponic greenhouses so that you can make an informed decision as to whether building a hydroponic greenhouse is right for you.


Greenhouses serve as a shield between nature and what you are growing, and they allow growing seasons to be extended as well as possibly improved. They also provide shelter from excess cold or heat as well as pests


Greenhouses work by converting light energy into heat. Since they have glass or plastic sheeting, it allows the light rays from the sun to enter the greenhouse, where it then heats up everything inside the greenhouse. The walls of a greenhouse help keep the heat in. Greenhouses can get too hot sometimes, so you’ll need to have vents and fans to prevent the plants inside of your greenhouse from overheating.


The main benefit of having a greenhouse is the growing environment inside the greenhouse can be controlled, which is perfect for a hydroponic garden. You can control the light that comes in, the temperature, and the moisture in the air. Greenhouses don’t have many disadvantages apart from the fact that they can be quite expensive to build.


Hydroponic Greenhouse - Lettuce


If you’d like to build a hydroponic greenhouse, there are a few things to consider:


  • A greenhouse should receive direct sunlight most of the day through all 4 seasons. If you don’t have a sunny spot in a place where you plan to build your greenhouse, it is most likely not even worth it. You will have to provide artificial lighting with grow lights, which mostly defeats the purpose of having a greenhouse.

  • Just like a grow room, a greenhouse needs a proper ventilation system. Vents and exhaust fans are a crucial element in any greenhouse plan.

  • Your greenhouse has to be built close to your house so that you can easily hook it up to power and running water. If you live in an urban area, you may be able to put a greenhouse on your rooftop or patio and be the envy of your neighbors, but it’s always best to check with the local authorities before you buy any parts or a kit.


You have two options when building a greenhouse—you can either buy a kit or build one yourself. Building a greenhouse yourself allows you to customize it completely according to your needs and will probably be cheaper than buying a kit. You can find a lot of greenhouse plants online, and you can even customize them to make a greenhouse that’s perfect for you. A kit is more convenient and easier to assemble, but they can get quite expensive, and customization options will be limited. Regardless of whatever option you choose to go for, building a hydroponic greenhouse has a lot of benefits and is definitely worth it if you can afford it.


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By Max Barnes

Max Barnes is a long-time homesteader and author. Max grows the majority of his own food year-round using a variety of different methods, including hydroponics. Hydroponic gardening plays a huge part in his homestead and self-sufficiency goals.


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