If you think you can’t grow your own food because you live in the city, think again!

If you think you can’t grow your own food because you live in the city, think again!

Home farming is an example of urban gardening, which brings food production into your home. NFT Hydro have designed a few hydroponic home systems to fit onto balconies or into small urban greenhouses. For many of our customers, these NFT Hydroponic systems have become a constant food source for their homes, to supply restaurants or to start small hydroponic businesses with.

Urban Hydroponic Systems

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The easiest crop to GROW hydroponically

Basil thrives very well in our NFT systems, and it is indeed among the most grown herbs in Hydroponics. Once this plant reaches the mature stage, you harvest and trim it weekly.  Once basil flowers, its leaves lose their flavor, but regularly cropping it can prevent flowering and provide a fresh harvest of the foliage. Cropping the plant also keeps it compact and encourages branching, which results in more leaves.

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Scalable Hydroponics Systems designed with new growers in mind

Many of our customers are new to Hydroponics. As a result, NFT Hydro has specifically designed a scalable Hydroponic system to allow our clients to start growing on a small manageable scale and then progress to a commercial set-up without having to replace any of the NFT equipment they have purchased.

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Growing Fresh Produce in Namibia

Namibia’s potential for agriculture is severely limited due to climatic and soil factors. During the past five years agricultural output has been seriously constrained by recurring drought, floods, locusts, insects and worm invasions. No wonder there is such an increase in the demand for growing Hydroponically in Namibia.

Grow Fresh Hydroponic Produce in Africa

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Instructions for growing microgreens

As microgreens become more popular by the day and NFT Hydro get more inquiries about growing these, we thought to share some instructions on growing these on our NFT Microgreen Systems. 

Instruction for growing Microgreens


Growing Hydroponic Basil

Basil is the most popular culinary herb that is produced hydroponically. Hydroponic production not only allows basil to be produced fresh and flavorful year round, but also, the growth is much faster compared to the field production.

Propagating basil in OASIS® Horticubes® XL* ensures uniform germination and growth, without any concerns of disease-causing pathogens. Following are the salient features and benefits of OASIS® Horticubes® XL medium:
• The OASIS® foam growing media are a uniquely engineered propagation media.
• They are thermoset foam materials and are considered to be sterile because of the high temperature involved during the manufacturing process.
• The OASIS® foam growing media are inert with no buffering capacity. As a result, all the applied nutrients are readily available to the plants.
• Horticubes® is a relatively higher drainage and higher density medium and Horticubes® XL is a lower drainage and lower density medium.  The lower density and finer cells of Horticubes® XL promote faster root penetration, and also promote profuse fine secondary roots, which in turn promote faster shoot growth.

Want to know more? Growing Basil with Oasis Grower medium

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Strategies for Combating Excessive Heat in your greenhouse

1)    Reduce Nutrient Concentration
Highly recommended for hydroponic growers! This is a tried and tested commercial technique. In hot conditions your plants are transpiring more moisture than normal. This means that your plants are using a higher water : nutrient ratio. The net effect is a concentration of your nutrient solution which then places cumulative stresses on your plants. Try reducing the concentration of your nutrient solution by 25%. (E.g. If you are running an E.C. of 2.0  try reducing it to 1.5 in hot conditions.)

2)    Temporarily raise your Grow Lights
By positioning your grow lights further away from your plants, (an additional 6 – 12 inches) the canopy will be exposed to less radiant heat emitted from the lamp. Of course, if your grow lights are too far form your plants for a prolonged period of time your plants will inevitably begin to stretch in reaction to insufficient light levels, but this is a good strategy for a heat wave lasting just a few days.

3)  Dim your Grow Lights
Some models of electronic ballasts now carry a dimming or dial-a-watt feature affording growers the option of running their HID grow lights at 75% or 50% full power and thus, producing less heat. Growers should note that the spectral distribution of some lamps can change in dimming mode (i.e. some parts of the spectrum dim more than others.)

4) Power Down
It’s much, much more preferable to simulate a cloudy, overcast day than a scorched desert. Don’t be afraid to switch off half of your grow lights for a few days during a heat wave.

5) Add Air Conditioning
An A/C unit is the ultimate way to control temperatures in your indoor garden. Reasonably priced, portable, self-install units are available.

6) Keep Your Roots Cool
The optimum temperature for active metabolism in most plants’ root zones is around  (18-20°C). Ensure that your water or nutrient solution is at this temperature too. If using tap water, be sure to add just enough from the warm tap so that the water feels tepid-not warm, not cold, just silky to the touch. Better yet, invest in a nutrient thermometer or a thermostatically controlled nutrient heater

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source: Just for Growers 

Inside the NFT Hydro Manufacturing plant

Our purpose designed Hydroponic NFT Profiles are manufactured to the highest international standards and specifications to guarantee years of growing. We export around the world attesting to the high quality of our products.

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