Hydroponics literally translates to ‘water-working’. It’s a soil-less method of of growing plants with systems that work with recirculating nutrient water.
Yes, Hydroponics offers numerous advantages over traditional farming methods in terms of operation as well as production output.
Light Expanded Clay Aggregate or LECA is a popular grow medium for Hydroponics. The clay pellets are heated at around 1200*c (2100*f) and are virtually weightless, highly water absorbent and ph neutral. These also have the added benefit of evaporative cooling for the roots.
Plants absorb a multitude of nutrients from the soil. Primary among these are Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, hereafter referred to as NPK. These elements are delivered via water in Hydroponic systems.
70% of the most common plant diseases are soil borne. Further, by eliminating soil, you’re eliminating water wastage and agricultural run-off.
Very little. In fact, our home units use less energy than a standard issue tube light. We use low energy consumption motors that range between 3W-30W for home units and 1.5 HP upward for entire large scale installations.
Theoretically, any plant can grow hydroponically, given suitable climates and temperature. Currently, Future Farms manufacture systems that let you grow:
Most leafy-greens and herbs; on our Leaf Station and Leaf Pyramid systems.
Fruiting vegetables and flowers; on our Air Bucket systems.
Sunlight is essential for healthy plant growth – the more the sunlight, the better the growth. Regardless of whether the plant is growing in soil or in Hydroponics, we recommend 6 hours of sunlight/day.
*with hydroponics, plants can also grow with artificial lighting
Our systems are highly durable, using the best materials. The primary component of our systems is uPVC, which research indicates is long lasting, regardless of climate or condition.
The amount of nutrient to be mixed with the water depends on what stage of it’s growth the plant is in. We provide a nutrient feeding chart, on request.
Organic nutrients have unrefined minerals. Semi-Organic nutrients have refined minerals, tested to be 100% safe and toxin free. Future Farms have both types, we recommend semi-organic for better results
Nutrient Film Technique is one of the base Hydroponic technologies that some of our systems are designed to utilise. Ideal for growing leafy greens and herbs. Allowing for greater water saving, the smaller root systems are kept in constant contact with a layer/film of the nutrient enriched solution which is recirculated through the system
Deep Water Culture is another of the base Hydroponic technologies that some of our systems are designed to utilise. It allows for larger plants to be grown as the roots are fully submerged in nutrient water. With more water and nutrient available to the plant, and a larger reservoir area, most common fruiting vegetables, some fruits and flowers can be grown successfully.
You’ve heard that plants grow faster when grown in water. As the plants expend less energy for absorbing nutrients, more energy goes towards the plant growth. The difference in growth rate varies according to the type of plant being grown, but studies and evidence suggest that a 2-3x increase can be expected.
Space saving is one of the key benefits of Hydroponics, owing to vertical farming. Our systems occupy different areas, but the amount of space used will be more optimal than a traditional soil garden. For example, our Leaf Station One lets you grow 20 plants in 10sqft.
Compared to traditional farming, 85%+ water saved with 0 water wastage. 100% clean produce with no harmful toxins used. You can expect incredibly healthy and consistent results.
We recommend clean (R/O or Distil) water for best results
To familiarise yourself with the technology, you can start growing from your own window sill or balcony. For people who are looking for commercial viability, we recommend a 5000 sqft + sized installation.
6 hours of direct sunlight would be required for healthy plant growth. However, we do have indoor lighting solutions as well. Ask us more!
Our advances in tropical Hydroponics have led to all our systems being designed with power-cuts in mind. Your plants will be fine, even with no power for as long as three days.
Our systems ensure 0% water wastage. The water in our systems will only have to be topped up if water evaporates or is absorbed, usually once every 2 weeks.
We include grow chart information, as this might differ from plant to plant. Generally, once every 10-15 days is recommended.
Yes, we use premium, food grade material for our systems.
Being technology centric, the initial expenditure to set up one of our modular farms can be high. Thereafter, the running costs are minimal compared to soil – due to 85%+ water saved, no pesticide and limited labour requirement. The advantages keep piling up: reduced harvest time, increased, consistent yield and increasingly scalable vertical farming options.