I know there are a lot of factors that would impact this...
- Plant type.
- Plant neediness (i.e., even sibling plants will possess different needs, defects, etc).
- Automation efficiency.
- Water & nutrients quality.
And that is barely touching the surface, but assume that...
- We only have 1 healthy adult (meaning fully grown) plant who transpires 90% of absorbed water. The other 10% fuels photosynthesis, cell growth, etc..
- Its nutrient levels/requirements are (somehow) perfectly monitored/satisfied.
- The hydroponics system is enclosed s.t. nearly all the transpirated water is reintroduced into the water supply, rather than evaporated.
- The recycled water is kept clean & nutritious by an automated system.
So my questions are...
- Is it possible to create a system where the aforementioned 10% accounts for the only loss of water?
- Am I missing any other significant source(s) of water loss?
- Are there implementation factors which would jeopardize the plant's health?