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Unit 6 Part (B). Modern History of Hydroponics

[A picture of Dr. Gericke's Hydrponic]

In this century hydroponics was invented by a Dr. Gericke, a plant professor at University of California at Davis.

Dr. Gericke became quite famous as he was credited with producing tomato plants 25 feet tall.

The Gericke method is explained in his classic book Soilless Gardening.

Dr. Gericke named the science hydroponics which means in Greek water working or water labor.

The modern concept is that hydroponics means growing plants without soil. However, a more accurate definition is growing plants by supplying all necessary nutrients in the plants water supply.

Revised: 1 May 2016
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