Container Growing | Your success as a grower become our success story.

These stunning photos were sent to us last night from one of our container growing clients, with such a lovely message: ‘Thank you NFT Hydro for all your support & guidance.”

This absolutely emulates the essence of the NFT Hydro brand. 

Great brands have experiences and values.

What you will experience with NFT Hydro, as one of our clients is that we will grow with you.

As the growers of hydroponic produce, we apply our skills & knowledge gained to work alongside our growers to ensure they flourish as hydroponic farmers. As you grow we GROW.

sales@nfthydro.co.za

Tips to extend the life of microgreens after harvest.

Most varieties of microgreens will last about 7 to 12 days when stored properly in the refrigerator, about the same amount of time as other leafy greens like lettuce. 

  1. Keep  your microgreens live on your NFT Hydro Microgreens Fiber paper (supplied as part of all our Microgreens Systems)

  2. Harvest microgreens early, when cool, when possible, try to harvest your microgreens in the early morning when your crop is still cool.

  3. Microgreens definitely need to be refrigerated, just like lettuce and other leafy greens, microgreens need to be kept cool to extend their freshness.

  4. Saltwater bath, is a process usually reserve only for sunflower shoots.  Salt is a natural preservative and will help sanitize and extend the life of your crop. After harvesting your sunflower microgreens, give them a quick bath in a saltwater solution.

    Shop Microgreens Systems in our store

    sales@nfthydro.co.za

Algae Control and Prevention in Your Hydroponic System

We have had a few clients this week expressing concern about algae growth in their hydroponic systems.  It is important to understand that soilless farming is a high-intensity method of farming, you cannot leave your greenhouse or in-door growing area for weeks on end without checking and taking responsibility for the well-fare of your plants and keeping a hand on any algae growth. After every growth cycle, you have to clean you hydroponic profiles.

Algae can be difficult to control. Prevention via light exclusion from the nutrient solution, reservoirs, growing channels and surfaces of growing media is the main form of defense for most growers and is the most effective.

Complete control over all algae growth in most hydroponic systems can be difficult. Most growers tolerate small amounts of algae in their system, provided it does not become excessive, and this usually causes no problems.

Come grow with us

You can read the full article via the link below.

https://www.maximumyield.com/algae-friend-or-foe/2/1180

Edible Flowers can be grown in our Hydroponic Systems

Feasting on brightly colored flowers has a long culinary history. In the Victorian area, edible flowers were particularly popular and frequently used to create elegant designs of candied violet and borage to top cakes and desserts. In more recent times, edible flowers are recognized not only for their beauty and decorative value, but also for flavor, aroma, and nutritional aspects. Edible flowers are incredibly versatile;  hydroponically grown they are used as a spice or vegetable or simply displayed as a decorative garnish in salads and a variety of dishes to add color to the plate.

They are grown commercially by hydroponic producers for restaurants, salad mix producers, and bars, where modern mixologists incorporate edible flowers and floral infusions into drinks.

Edible flowers like borage and pansies grow very well in all our Hydroponic Systems 

Come GROW with us today! 

Contact us: sales@nfthydro.co.za

Source: Maximum yield 

Rooftop Urban Farmers – Firts Crop of Microgreens

This lovely photo was shared by our clients on our Instagram page this morning. The microgreens are grown on our MG-26 Commercial Microgreens System. Just 7 days old they are nearly ready to harvest in a beautiful array of colors.

MG-26 Microgreens system for growing commercial microgreens

Please contact us if you would like to start growing microgreens today sales@nfthydro.co.za 

 

Hot Hydroponics Farming Business Trends Changing Agriculture

     

      

    

     

   

Start growing today 

Contact us: sales@nfthydro.co.za

source: Business First Family 

rise of the hydroponic lettuce

In Vietnam, the switch to growing hydroponic lettuce is a big topic at the moment. “We see an increase in hydroponic lettuce cultivation already. This is due to high interest from the consumer for safely grown product. We expect the growth of lettuce on water to continue over the next couple of years, like it has already happened in Thailand and Malaysia”, says Jean-Marie. The current acreage of hydroponic lettuce cultivation may be only around 30 to 40 hectares, but he expects this to multiply over the next years.

For the growers though even with hydroponic cultivation, finding the connection to the market and the consumer still is difficult. Therefore the greenhouse growers try to differentiate their products from the open field vegetables. “For example, when they grow lettuce hydroponically, they intend to keep the roots when they sell it, to show they grow it in the water, an innovative way with less spraying. Some growers also try to cut the steps to the wholesale market to connect more directly from grower to end users. And with Rijk Zwaan, we also inform the supermarkets and consumers by giving demonstrations on NFT cultivation. That way we show them what hydroponics is and what the benefits are for the end product.”

Semi- Commercial Hydroponic Systems to grow your lettuce

Contact us: sales@nfthydro.o.za 

 

 

 

Rijk Zwaan Hydroponic Seed

Rijk Zwaan has been working on varieties that are suitable for growing in water for many years. In this time, they have developed a wide range of leafy vegetables that are specifically suitable for hydroponic production methods. Worldwide, hydroponic production of crops such as lettuce is becoming increasingly popular.

Suitable for hydroponic production

When developing varieties that can be grown in water, Rijk Zwaan pays attention to aspects such as fast and compact growth, lack of delicate leaf edges, good colour intensity in the case of red varieties, a healthy and uniform crop, and ease of processing and packaging. Bremia is not such a problem in hydroponic production, but aphids can be a problem which is why most varieties have resistance to aphids.

Extremely clean, fresh and stable

The high-tech water-based growing systems make it possible to produce lettuce without using crop protection agents. Hence, we are helping growers to meet retailers’, foodservice companies’ and processors’ demands for clean products. The leaves are free from sand, grit and dirt so the lettuce no longer needs to be washed thoroughly to remove such residues. Since the root ball remains attached, the product can be sold as a ‘living lettuce’ and stays fresher for longer.

We are the suppliers Rijk Zwaan hydroponics seed to your purchase of any of our NFT Hydroponic Systems. 

Rijk Zwaan Hydroponic Lettuce

come GROW with us

 

 

Growing indoors with LED Lights on our Hydroponic Systems

This article will discuss the a few common things you should pay attention to when using LED grow lights so you can grow healthy looking plants and avoid any unnecessary hassle. NFT Hydro collaborate with grow light specilissts to ensure you grow successfully indoors.

  1. Overheating the Plants – You will know the plant is taking too much heat if the leaves that are closest to the light start turning brownish.
  2. Providing Insufficient Lighting – It is important to consider the scale of your operations. Think about how many plants you’re growing and how many LED lights you’ll need in order to illuminate them properly. You should also be aware of the luminosity of the lights you’re using.
  3. Setting the Lamps at an Improper Distance – Overheating or insufficient lighting can result from having too many or not enough lights, but it can also result from placing the lights too close or too far from the plants. There is no universal rule for setting the distance but it’s recommended that LEDs are placed 12 to 18 inches away from the plants.
  4. Using Inferior Products – Light is among the most vital factors to consider when growing plants because it triggers the photosynthesis process. If you’re using regular incandescent lights, you’re not very likely to grow strong and healthy plants. Therefore, for best results it is recommended that you use full spectrum LED grow lights. They are specifically designed for the purpose and have the feature to deliver light in the exact spectrum the plant needs.
  5. Selecting the Wrong Light Spectrum– In order to grow efficiently, plants need different types of light for each growth stage. With full-spectrum LED lights this is easily achievable, but if you select the wrong setting, the plant will not develop well. You should also take into consideration the conditions in the room where you’re doing the growing. For example, plants benefit most from light in the blue spectrum when they’re in the vegetative stage of growth. That means that if you set the light to emit light in the red spectrum, you will only be hindering the plant’s growth.

         Come GROW with us

        Contact us info@nfthydro.co.za

The popularity of microgreens

When a food goes from unknown to a hot food trend, there is money to be made. Unlike most other specialty food crops, microgreens are easy to grow, and can be ready to sell in just ten to twenty days. They can be grown indoors or outdoors, so microgreens are a perfect crop for urban farmers who may not have access to a patch of dirt. In fact, many small growers prefer indoor growing, as it allows more control over light and temperature, so crops can be grown more quickly, and harvests are more predictable. Because microgreens are expensive, selling  growers can produce a solid income in a very small space compared to traditional farming.

We have designed a variety microgreen systems to suit everyones budget, to grow indoors or outdoors.

MG-6 Microgreens System

MG-26 Microgreens System

MG-52 Microgreens System