What is Hydroponics?
Hydroponics (from Latin, “working water”) is a method of growing plants in greenhouses on nutrient rich water, without soil, only their roots submerged in the water. Seeds are planted in a soil-free growing medium like gravel, and after 2 weeks, when the seedlings have developed a root system, they are transferred to beds full of running water, where they grow until ready to be harvested.
For the plants, the main advantage of hydroponics over conventional agriculture is the control over all parameters essential to plants growth (like nutrients, heat and light), while minimizing the effect of undesirable factors such as pests, harsh weather and seasonality.
The climate in the greenhouse is adjusted to fit the crop requirements. Water and air quality are monitored and filtered, so they are always clean.
In hydroponics water serve both as a growing medium and as a nutrient solution, providing the plants with all the minerals and nutrients they need. Plants, not having to invest any energy in growing their roots to reach water and nutrients (as they do when grown in soil), can channel all their energy into growing, resulting in an overall higher quality plant – bigger, prettier and healthier.
Better For You
No dirt, mud or dust.
No insects and worms.
Just clean vegetables that you can eat straight from the pack.
FREE FROM PESTICIDES / HERBICIDES RESIDUES
Cleaner vegetables, with no unwanted chemicals residues. Our produce complies with FDA requirements.
LONGER SHELF LIFE !
Our vegetables will last longer. Not only are they cleaner to begin with, the fact that we do not wash our produce further lengthens shelf life.
No weather damage to plants, no dry leaves or defects, means fewer waste for you.
Better for the environment
Hydroponics saves up to 75-90% water compared to traditional agriculture.
The main reasons for water waste in conventional agriculture are completely nonexistent in hydroponics, and are evaporation (especially at high temperatures) and percolation into the ground, too deep for plant roots to reach. In addition, water in a hydroponic greenhouse are recycled, filtered, purified and returned to the system.
Hydroponics enables growing more crops on a limited amount of land compared to traditional agriculture, a major advantage in areas where fertile land is scarce.
If more hydroponics-suitable crops were transferred from land to hydroponic greenhouses, the limited available land could be better utilized for crops that are not suitable for hydroponics (like root vegetables and grains).
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Hydroponics provides plants with exact amounts of nutrients, thus preventing any excess from polluting land and groundwater.
Determining exact amounts of nutrients is a challenge in conventional agriculture, because some of the nutrients are present in the soil, and farmers need only to supplement those absent. But levels of nutrients in soil vary and are hard to gauge, causing over- or under-fertilization. Too little fertilization is not a threat to the environment, resulting in fewer crop yield and lower quality vegetables. The main concern is the extensive environmental effects of over-fertilization. The excess chemical cause soil salination, seep into groundwater and disrupt the balance of eco-systems in soil and water sources. Continued over longer periods, soil and water risk being no longer suitable for agriculture.