Enter the costs of the plants or seeds, equipment, growing medium, and nutrients and supplements into the calculator.

## Hydroponics Cost Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the cost of a hydroponics system:

C = (P + E + M + L) * T

Variables:

- C is the total cost of the hydroponics system
- P is the cost of the plants or seeds
- E is the cost of the equipment (e.g., grow lights, pumps)
- M is the cost of the growing medium (e.g., rockwool, coco coir)
- L is the cost of the nutrients and supplements
- T is the number of times the hydroponics system will be used

To calculate the total cost of the hydroponics system, add up the costs of the plants or seeds, equipment, growing medium, and nutrients and supplements. Then, multiply the sum by the number of times the hydroponics system will be used.

## What is a Hydroponics Cost?

Hydroponics cost refers to the financial investment required to set up and maintain a hydroponics system, a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. This cost includes the initial setup expenses, such as purchasing the hydroponics system, which can range from simple homemade setups to more complex commercial systems, lighting equipment, growing medium, nutrients, and seeds or plants. It also includes ongoing costs such as electricity for the lighting and pumps, water, replacement nutrients, and maintenance of the system. The cost can vary widely depending on the scale of the operation, the type of plants being grown, and the specific hydroponics method used. Despite the initial investment, hydroponics can be a cost-effective method of gardening due to its efficient use of space and resources, and potential for high yield.

## How to Calculate Hydroponics Cost?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Hydroponics Cost Recovery Ratio.

- First, determine the total revenue generated from hydroponics ($).
- Next, determine the total operating costs of the hydroponics system ($).
- Next, gather the formula from above = CRR = Revenue / Operating Costs.
- Finally, calculate the Hydroponics Cost Recovery Ratio.
- After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

**Example Problem:**

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

Total revenue from hydroponics ($) = 500

Total operating costs of the hydroponics system ($) = 200