In Rimworld, hydroponics is a way to produce crops without soil. By using water and nutrients to feed plants, you can create a sustainable food source in your colony. In this guide, we will discuss the different layouts for hydroponic systems, as well as the stats that are important for keeping them running smoothly. Let’s get started!
What Are Hydroponics?
Hydroponics is a type of agriculture where plants are grown in water rather than soil. The plants receive their nutrients from the water, making it possible to grow them in any location without needing access to traditional soil. Hydroponic systems can be used for both commercial and home gardening purposes.
There are some benefits of Hydroponics
There are several benefits to using hydroponics for growing plants. First, it reduces the amount of space required to grow a large number of plants. It also makes it possible to grow certain types of crops in areas where soil is not available or would be very inefficient due to factors such as climate change and water scarcity issues. These issues may be difficult for conventional farmers to overcome due to their reliance on specific weather patterns and geographic locations.
Hydroponic systems can also produce higher yields than soil-based agriculture, which means more food per square foot of land used in production. This allows growers to grow more crops without needing additional space or resources such as fertilizer applications that would otherwise be needed if the plants were grown in soil.
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Unlocking the Hydroponics Basin
To be able to grow plants inside the hydroponics basin in RimWorld, you must first discover the necessary item. Hydroponics is a term for plants grown in water. It’s difficult to achieve, but growing plants in water does have certain advantages over soil-based agriculture. Water is a lot easier to manage than dirt, and hydroponics holds much promise for the future of food production because it doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides. The first step is to figure out what you’ll need for your electricity research. You’ll have to acquire some of the items on this list before you can start researching hydroponics. As you can see on the left side of the image, there’s nothing more unlocked by finishing this study than the Hydroponics basin itself.
“An artificial nutrient bath for growing plants. If the nutrient pumps stop working, the plants will die.”
Building and Using the Hydroponics Basin:
The hydroponics basin is the heart of a successful hydroponic farm. It’s where your crops will grow, so you’ll want to make sure it’s set up correctly. The following are some tips on how to build and use a hydroponics basin:
Building a Hydroponics Basin
In order to build a hydroponics basin, you will need:
First, select the Architect tab from the bottom of the screen. This will allow you to choose the layout and design of your hydroponics basin.
Next, you will need to choose the Materials tab and select the Hydroponics Basin. This will allow you to place your hydroponics basin in any location on your map.
Now that you have selected the layout and materials for your hydroponics basin, it’s time to start building!
The following items will be required to construct the hydroponics basin:
- 100 Steel
- 1 Component
- A Colonist with at least Level 4 Construction
Once you’ve dropped the plans somewhere, a colonist that you’ve assigned to construction will build the Hydroponics basin once they have time. If you want the basin to be constructed faster, you may choose the colonist and right-click on the hydroponics basin blueprint, then click Prioritize. The pioneer will then drop what they’re doing and start working on the basin.
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Hydroponics and Power
Another thing to consider about the hydroponics basin is that it will require a steady supply of electricity. When the power to the basin is turned off, the plants will die out. Because each basin uses 70W of electricity, you’ll have to plan ahead if you wish to have a large number of basins in your colony. You’ll also need to maintain the plants at an appropriate temperature. The Sun Lamp is the greatest item for doing this indoors.
When your colony has access to a power grid, hydroponic farming is an interesting option.
Hydroponics uses half as much water and fertilizer than traditional agriculture does. The only disadvantage is that it requires power, so you will have to plan for a generator or solar panels. It’s one of the few structures in RimWorld that needs electricity from a power grid.
If your colony is powered by solar panels, you will have to make sure that the hydroponic farms are not obstructed from direct sunlight. If they are completely shaded or partially covered by walls or other structures, the growth rate will be reduced significantly. This can result in malnutrition and starvation for your colonists if you don’t plan accordingly.
Using the Hydroponics Basin
There are several alternative settings and methods to use the hydroponics basin in your colony. If you wish to modify the basin in any way, simply left-click on it. A bar of options will appear at the bottom of the screen if you click on the basin. I’ll go through all you can do with this basin in depth.
- Deconstruct: It is a three-step procedure that breaks down the Hydroponics basin to extract the resources required to construct it. If you’re running short on steel and have enough food, this is a wonderful way to go.
- Allow: You have the capacity to restrict or allow colonists to use the Hydroponics basin for whatever purpose you wish. Keep in mind that even banned basins draw power from your colony.
- Reconnect: You may use this option to reconnect the hydroponics basin to the nearest power source. If you’ve repaired your electrical lines and relocated them, but the basin still reads “No Power Connected,” try using this method to reconnect the electricity.
- Designate toggle power: You may utilize the toggle to make a decision regarding whether or not you want to switch on and off the hydroponics basin. If you switch the power on or off, one of your colonists will have to manually walk to the basin and flip a switch before any change in results is apparent.
- Plant: You may choose the sort of plant you wish to cultivate in your hydroponics basin. The plants that may be cultivated are determined by the plants you’ve researched previously. Note that before your colonists can grow and maintain certain species, they must first reach a certain growth level.
- Build Copy: I would personally advise eliminating some of the plastic parts. You’ll have to build a separate Hydroponics basin for each reservoir, and you’ll lose time doing it this way. This makes it quick and simple to construct another Hydroponics basin without having to go through the necessary menus in order to do so.
Aside from being extremely versatile, the hydroponics system is also highly programmable. Each function of the basin is assigned a hotkey. The icons in the image above each have a letter associated with them, as shown by the red circles around them. Creating another hydroponics bench may be as simple as pressing the ‘O’ key and putting it down anywhere.
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The hydroponics system is a highly programmable and versatile method of farming that can be used in any climate. It’s the perfect way to grow food indoors when you don’t have access to natural light or soil, but it does require power. If your colony generates its own electricity – either through solar panels or generators – then this will not pose an issue for you.
You’ll also need plenty of space outdoors if possible because most crops grown on these systems are harvested at least once every few days (depending on the season). Hydroponic farms should be placed near your other structures so colonists with jobs like “Hydro Farmer” may reach them quickly without having to travel too far from their work area.
Some settings of the hydroponics basin, like the plant type and toggle power, can be customized to suit your needs. With a little bit of planning, you can easily set up a thriving hydroponic farm in your colony.