When we talk about hydroponic crops, we are referring to a highly sustainable cultivation technique: the plants are grown outside the soil and they do not need irrigation but only a nutrient solution to grow.
Less use of fertilizers and chemicals, high product quality and water savings are just some of the advantages of hydroponic cultivation.
Artigianfer, which has always been attentive to sustainability and technological developments in its sector, has given ample space to research in the field of hydroponic crops and in 2019 it created Sfera, the largest hydroponic greenhouse in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.
But are hydroponic greenhouses suitable for all kinds of products? Which vegetables should be grown? Here's our short guide.
Tomatoes lend themselves well to hydroponic crops and there are several varieties that have shown good aptitude for growing above ground, adapting easily to different types of substrate. In addition, it is a crop that does not present any difficulties in the agronomic management of the plant and reach excellent levels of production.
There are two varieties that are best suited to be grown in hydroponic greenhouses:
• Ardiles, with a strong taste, rich in fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene and with a strong consistency.
Salad is probably the easiest vegetable to grow with hydroponic crops. Among the different varieties, lettuce is certainly the one that lends itself best to grow in a hydroponic greenhouse: this technique allows the roots of lettuce seedlings to develop better and faster than a traditional cultivation system; the roots are able to receive and assimilate nutrients better and faster. The salad will grow quickly and in abundance.
Lettuce is not the only variety suitable for hydroponic greenhouses. Valerian and rocket can also give high levels of productivity.
FOR HYDROPONIC CROPS
Not only salad and tomatoes lend themselves well to hydroponic crops. More and more vegetables are grown with this innovative technique because the products obtained are good, sustainable and genuine thanks to the drastic reduction in the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Among the most suitable vegetables for hydroponic crops we find:
Today we can consider hydroponic crops as the future of cultivation: the reduction of waste, reduced water consumption and limited use of chemicals lead to low environmental impact and high sustainability.
Artigianfer has developed professional hydroponic greenhouses for all types of customers, both for those already working in the sector and for those who want to start growing. Thanks to our customized and turnkey solutions, we are able to propose tailor-made projects for any need.