The History of Hydroponic Systems

Growing plants without soil may seem like a futuristic idea, but the concept of hydroponics has been around longer than you might think. The famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon employed the principles of modern hydroponics and provided inspiration for later growing methods.

In the 1600s, English philosopher Francis Bacon talked about the notion of growing plants without soil in his book, Sylva Sylvarum. Two centuries later, German botanists Julius von Sachs and Wilhelm Knop worked with mineral solutions in an effort to do the same. These individuals and others paved the way for today’s modern hydroponic methods.

Why are hydroponic systems so appealing?
To get a better understanding of the appeal of using hydroponic systems, it is important to first understand how they work. Hydroponic systems eliminate the need for soil and commonly involve some type of growth medium to support the root system of the plants. This offers several unique benefits over traditional cultivation methods, one of the largest being water conservation.

Watering plants in soil is a tricky business. If you use too much water, you deprive the roots of oxygen. If you use too little, the plants can become dehydrated and can die. On top of that, any unused water seeps into the soil and is wasted. Soil less growth systems use oxygenated water reservoirs to ensure plants get the oxygen they need, and any water not used by the plants is then recirculated back into the system to conserve resources. Hydroponic cultivation also offers more control over the growing environment and typically yields more plants in less time, as each root system has easy access to essential nutrients. Finally, growers have fewer problems with pests, fungus and disease.

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What makes the Sagegreenlife hydroponic system unique?
The Sagegreenlife living wall system is a hybrid hydroponic system that is both cost-effective and ecologically beneficial. It delivers water and nutrients evenly and efficiently only when the plants need them. The Biotile™, a patented hydroponic technology, is the foundation of our living walls and includes layers of dense Rockwool, a basalt rock-based growth medium that is recyclable and will not decay or change in size over time. And, because Rockwool is antimicrobial, there is no mold or bacteria inside it. The density of the Rockwool also insulates plant roots and provides extra protection throughout the winter months. This allows Sagegreenlife outdoor living walls to survive, even in the coldest climates. These insulative properties also extend to sound, giving Sagegreenlife living walls the added benefit of noise reduction.


At Sagegreenlife, our mission is better living with living walls. Learn more about how we have brought nature to the built environment.