Hort Americas’ special projects manager Tyler Baras is using a 12,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse to teach company staff and customers what it takes to economically grow leafy greens and herbs.
Hort Americas, which is a horticulture and agriculture wholesale supply company, provided the materials for the retrofit along with the hydroponic production systems that Baras will be using. The production systems include a capillary mat system, a deep water culture floating raft system, a nutrient film technique (NFT) system, a hydroponic tower system and grow racks. Hort Americas has also provided a variety of equipment and products, including substrates, fertilizers, LED lights and other products it offers to its wholesale customers.
We want to be able to assist customers who are starting to build a greenhouse and are looking to install hydroponic equipment. The greenhouse will enable them to see what is involved before they make any purchases.
We grow two main categories in the greenhouse, currently: basil and lettuce. Both of these can be purchased at the Ruibal’s Rosemeade Market.
Products being used in greenhouse trials
ARIZE™ Life GE LED Grow LightsCall for Price Read more
Calcium Nitrate$30.00 Add to cart
Grodan AO Plugs$170.00–$195.50 Select options
Hort Americas Hydroponic Fertilizer 25 lb bag$74.62 Add to cart
Magnesium Sulphate K+S$22.00 Add to cart
OMRI-listed Pre-Empt | Hydroponic Nutrients 2.5 gal jug$52.00 Add to cart
Riococo Closed Bottom Organic Plug (CBOP)$109.99–$149.99 Select options
Terra Bella$225.00 Add to cart