Hydroponics is the method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions that supplies the all the nutrients plants acquire from soil.
Simple Nutrient Addition Program or SNAP Hydroponics is a safe, easy to use and low-cost hydroponics system that is ideal for household level and small-scale commercial vegetable production.
SNAP Hydroponics was developed in the Institute of Plant Breeding, University of the Philippines Los Baños (IPB-UPLB) with the support of the Bureau of Agricultural Research. Its goal is to introduce the Filipino masses to hydroponics.
The project was headed by IPB scientists Dr. Primitivo Jose Santos (retired) and Dr. Eureka Teresa Ocampo.
The project was started back in 1999 and many have benefited from it.
SNAP Nutrient Solution for Hydroponics is one of the outputs of the SNAP Hydroponics project. It’s hydroponic nutrient formulation based on Hoagland’s solution. SNAP nutrients come in two bottles: SNAP A and SNAP B.
Bottle and label designs of SNAP nutrients change regularly. IPB-UPLB is constantly trying to find ways the make SNAP packaging more secure and sturdy without driving up the cost.
Compared to other nutrient solution brands and formulations SNAP Nutrients has in the only one to be able to produce good results without requiring the constant monitoring of the nutrient solution’s pH. This allows beginners to fully realize the benefits of hydroponic crop production without the complexities of the science behind the system. In addition, SNAP doesn’t require additional tools or supplies like pH/TDS testers and pH adjustment kits. It’s just a simple nutrient addition program.
According to Dr. Santos and Dr. Ocampo: