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It is my belief that roots seek out water. This is not contradictory in hydro, since it can clearly be seen that roots grow toward the water flow. Plants need oxygen, but it would be hard to prove that they seek it, moreso than the water.Maybe there is no contradiction. By cycle-less I mean no wet/dry cycle; I thought people just ran their air pumps continuously. I know oxygen is what's important, but you seemed to be scientifically emphasizing how wet/dry cycles are crucial for weed thriving. It confused me when you say weeds thrive by seeking out water, but they're always in contact with water in hydro and still thrive... then you really mean roots seek out oxygen?
In a container, wet/dry cycles are crucial for developing the plant. Roots need oxygen and they need the soil to drift through the pH range to unlock synthetic nutrients. I fail to see why you are asking a soil and container expert to compare what I know with what happens in a hydro grow. First of all, I am not a hydro expert and second, this thread had nothing to do with hydro until you asked your questions, and clearly in your lead question you did in fact ask me to compare between the two systems, "Is a pot of soil superior when watered correctly?"
So, you got my answer. It was yes... if done correctly.