What are the 4 factors driving hydroponic growing trends in 2016?

There are 4 main factors driving the hydroponic growing trends for 2016. Aside from the fact that hydroponic gardening and farming takes less water, less space and even can produce better tasting products, it can also be highlighted as an economic driver for many local communities ready to embrace the future needs of a growing population with a higher value placed on healthy food. In choosing the top 4 factors driving hydroponic growing trends, we’ve religiously read the local news feeds from across the US and through a combined 20 hours of intensive research and review of commonly reported statistics (and sometimes very boring statistics) we think the following 4 sets of articles help paint the future picture of hydroponics.

Since our blog’s start in 2014, we have noticed that there are 4 particular factors that are driving the trends emerging into reality, which we believe will set the stage for the following few years and wanted to call them out along with 4 articles (and 1 video) that we hope you will enjoy and inspire you to support the hydroponics revolution (okay, so it might not be a revolution…yet.)

4 Factors Driving Hydroponic Growing Trends in 2016
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Just like we searched online to bring you the best hydroponic supply products in the hydroponic system shop section of our blog, we have also searched the web to find you our Top 4 rated “Best Hydroponic News Stories” that  help frame the future prediction for accelerated hydroponic growth in 2016.

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF HYDROPONICS

The first factor we wanted to highlight is highlight and focus on the necessity for driving our food production from the fields to controlled environments to help grow 365 days per year.

In a commercial setting; this type of trend is ranging from start-up companies retrofitting old retail store buildings (these are the places people went to shop before Amazon) with hydroponic and LED grow light systems to regionally focused companies buying old fashioned cargo containers that can host large vertical farms inside, which can then be easily shipped around the world to locations that may not have historically been able to produce food (think lettuce being grown in Alaska in January).

FRESH PRODUCE IN THE WINTER

We believe that with the global weather patterns changing and the more extreme types of weather (droughts in California where our lettuce used to be grown) happening around the world, it will only make sense to bring our food sources closer to the communities we live and place them in more controlled environments.  It costs a lot of money to ship a head of lettuce to Alaska in the winter and it probably will not show up that fresh, but if we had the capability to grow lettuce in an old retail store in Alaska – that would be amazing for those individuals to enjoy fresh lettuce in the winter.

The following article, which was recently published in TechCrunch, quotes a another fantastic statistic that we think will set the stage for accelerated growth for the hydroponics industry. Particularly, the fact that the earth will house nearly 9.7 billion people by 2050, which will drive the demand for food production over the next 4 decades to be more than has ever been produced in the prior 10,000 (ten thousand… that is not a typo) years.

This growth combined with transportation costs makes our current system very inefficient and not sustainable.  Enjoy the entire Necessity Is Driving Agricultural Innovation Indoors by Joshua Bateman article.

HOMEMADE HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS

As you can see, commercial farms are beginning to embrace hydroponics and we will all feel the benefits at the grocery store in the future with fresher, cheaper and tastier food options all year long (think fresh organic blueberry pie in December.)  Now we want to also think about the individuals who want to grow their own sources of food on a balcony, in a basement or in their kitchen with the help from hydroponics and LED technology. Most folks who start to grow hydroponically either start with a store bought kit; however many folks that read our blog want to create their own homemade hydroponic system.

We have found that the DIY and home hydroponic enthusiast is also benefitting from starting their homemade hydroponic system with much cheaper LED grow lights now available, affordable grow tents (check out these grow tents available on Amazon to compare and price) made by an ever increasing number of manufactures and simple hydroponic systems that can be made from components found online or at the local hardware and pet stores.

When it comes to a backyard homemade hydroponic system, we think you will love the ideas documented in this University of Florida publication paper describing (with pictures for each stage) on how to build a low-cost vertical soilless system for growing vegetables and small fruit using… recycled plastic bottles!

The team does a great job showing pictures for every stage for building the vertical “grow bottle” hydroponic system.

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CHEATING THE SEASONS – WITH TECHNOLOGY

Since many of our readers indicated that they would like to see more video, we have included a video recently produced along with this article on Fox5NY and embedded it below.  This Long Island vertical farm featured in the video is growing 6,000 heads of lettuce per week!

Here are four of our favorite quotes from the video:

1. “Growing hydroponically allows farmers to cheat the seasons.”
2. “There is nothing you can’t grow hydroponically”
3. “Hydroponic farming in general has been on the upswing in general, particularly because of severe weather patterns”
4. “As with any kind of farming, it starts with a seed. There are also no pesticides.”

FARM IN A BOX: Shipping containers are reused for fresh produce

The previous 3 articles really help show how hydroponics makes sense (did you hear in the video embedded above how it takes 50 gallons of water to grow vs. only 1 to 2 gallons hydroponically) and is actually a much more efficient way to grow a food supply locally and all year long.  Technology also plays an important role now since the conditions can be controlled and monitored from the farmer’s smartphone anywhere in the world.

THE FUTURE OF HYDROPONICS

It is now easy to start thinking about the new possibilities for the future farm.

The future farm could be on your roof, in the old retail store on the North side of town or even in your neighbor’s empty lot. There is also a new trend in future farming that is growing through the use of special LED grow lights that are much more affordable than historic grow light bulbs.

Many systems even use solar power to generate the power needed to run these little LED grow lights that duplicate the sun’s rays. One company is now reusing those old cargo containers (remember when the economy was in full swing and we used these containers to transport products from China) as farms in a box. From Atlanta to Alaska, there are articles featuring these new kinds of farms that benefit from a controlled environment and can be customized for hot, cold and dark environments.

This article from Redding.com highlights how containers plus the use of technology to control the environment will really produce some tasty results.

Climate controls, automated lighting and irrigation systems, and mobile apps for monitoring and maintaining crops remotely also allow farmers to grow year-round with minimal oversight.

We hope you enjoyed these 4 articles.  We believe they provide a great foundation and frame up the future need for embracing hydroponics as it will become an integral part of our food production whether it be accessed in the product sold in your grocery store, grown in your backyard or bought from your local farmer’s market.

Happy Growing!

Two Very Different Schools Teach The Future In Hydroponics

Two very different schools benefit from hydroponics

We love reading the hydroponic news online and would like to share articles that our visitors may find of some interest – because we love these stories, we want to share the positive impact hydroponics has on the schools across the country.

The first article we love is from Ironwood, Michigan (with a population around 5,400) where local State Police donated hydroponic system equipment and grow lights to the local Ironwood schools. The school hopes to use the equipment to raise their own fruits and vegetables for snacks. Read Entire Article Here

The second article is from Stony Brook University where they report that in late August, a former shipping container made its way onto campus. This container will be the home to grow over 2000 heads of lettuce all grown in water and controlled through a smartphone app. Check out the picture of the container and read more from the sbpress.com Read Entire Article Here

Promoting Hydroponics & Aquaponics for Every US School?

Cultivating Action

We love the recent news out of Vermont!

Emily Donaldson is looking to grow both hydroponics and aquaponics education in the local Vermont schools; however needs some growth fuel! As the article states, “she turned her interests into a non-profit bringing ideas for sustainable development into schools. She calls it Cultivating Action. It started with the building of a hydroponic system in her old school.”

Read the complete article at: http://www.wcax.com/story/30179329/a-push-for-hydroponics-education-in-every-vt-high-school

Read more about Cultivating Action at: http://www.cultivatingaction.com/index.html who has a goal to “Place an aquaponics system in every public school in VT by the end of 2017”.

Rhode Island Greenhouse to by Hydroponic Greenhouse

Hydroponic greenhouse putting down roots in R.I.

Thursday’s unveiling of 8,400-square-foot West Kingston facility is first step for Atlantic Produce

Original Source: Providence Journal
By Paul Grimaldi
Journal Staff Writer Posted Sep. 16, 2015 at 11:47 amUpdated Sep 16, 2015 at 5:34 PM

A Massachusetts entrepreneur has staked out territory in Rhode Island for a new agricultural business he said will help Americans change the way they grow and consume produce.

The hydroponic greenhouse operated by Atlantic Produce near the University of Rhode Island in is the first commercial one in the state, according to the R.I. Department of Environmental Management.

Lewis Valenti, the founder of Atlantic Produce, is working with URI on the prototype for a hydroponic growing facility that can grow lettuce and other greens, in a chemical-free environment, year-round.

On Thursday, state officials will join URI administrators as they unveil the 8,400-square-foot facility in West Kingston, near the URI campus.

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One University’s Commitment to Hydroponics

Believe it or not, The Commons, Kennesaw State University’s state-of-the-art dining hall, feeds more than 5,000 guests each weekday! The facility opened in August 2009 and coincided with the introduction of the campus meal plan program. The staff of Culinary & Hospitality Services took advantage of an incredibly unique opportunity to incorporate industry-leading sustainable practices in a new building from the ground up.

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Did You Know?

The Commons has more than 10 hydroponic units. Hydroponics refers to the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients and without soil. Rainwater run-off from our buliding is used as a water source.

The process consists of three steps: germination, propagation, and cultivation.

The Commons will produce 600 heads of lettuce every three weeks, which will result in about 9,600 heads of lettuce per year for use in the dining hall.

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Hydroponic system, a great gift for the guy who has everything

What do 30,000 online shoppers, over the past few months, know about the perfect gift idea for every guy in 2019? Plenty, and with a few clicks through a vast database of web site shopping trends, Sync Internet Marketing, has created their first annual Gift Guide for Today’s Modern Guy.

What makes Sync’s database different? After a year of creating content specifically designed to attract guys, shopping online for their own personal items, we compiled this data into a quick reference, which should provide enough insights for anybody looking to buy an gift for guys who tend to enjoy technology, like the outdoors and strive toward a healthy lifestyle.

How This Men’s Gift Guide Is Bringing Sexy Back For 2019

  • Mens underwear for 2019 is hot this year, and with all the new pouch underwear styles, we can see why. With our own team trying a few different underwear brands, these stood out to be a fun change of pace from the standard pair of boxer briefs, trunks or boxers in our closet.  If you have that special guy, who you would like to surprise with a great pair (or buy for yourself), check out the top underwear brands for working out, with a pouch this year.
  • Swim suits are also becoming very patriotic this year, and any guy would love to have an American flag swim trunk in their swimsuit arsenal, no matter their physical shape, as everyone loves to feel good at the beach, pool or lake. With so many styles to choose from, including the board short, the trunk or the bikini, we found the American print to be a hot seller over the past year, and predict the style to even grow into 2019.

Why This Men’s Gift Guide Will Change Their Life

  • Growing our own food is at the root of human nature, in our opinion, so why not put your modern guy up to the challenge of growing their own food hydroponically, which is only using water, with a nutrient solution.  It is fun to try, and if you purchase a hydroponic system with an LED grow light, you can get some great tomatoes in the winter.  With so many brands of these small hydroponic systems, we found a even greater selection for 2019, designed to accommodate a kitchen, a patio or even a porch growing locations. These systems are amazingly small, surprisingly affordable, and fun to experiment.
  • Let’s face it, we are all getting older everyday, and many of today’s guys like to make sure they are getting all of their nutrients, so we have seen an increase in men’s specially formulated multi-vitamins, which makes a great gift for those guys, who might not yet be thinking about all the great benefits, which many of these are being created to support.

Technology Can Now Always Be Wrapped As A Gift

  • Technology is always changing, so most any guy can benefit from a new gadget.  In 2019, we are predicting explosive growth for many of these small and now affordable home automation gadgets. Many are designed to help guys, modernize and automate their apartment, their 1950s ranch or even their parent’s basement apartment.  Door locks have never been a fun gift, but when you add a Wifi to a door lock, you open the world of home automation serenity. Pair that new lock with a set of wifi powered light bulbs and internet controlled switches, their old fashioned home, can now be a voice controlled home automation that only million dollar systems would have been able to have a few year ago.  These devices make is easy, and most can be controlled from a smart phone.

With these 5 gift buying ideas, there are really so many products that can be purchased, for the techie, the athlete or the grower.  We continue to grow our shopping destination traffic online everyday, which means our gift guide for 2019, will even become smarter, and help you buy that perfect gift, especially for the guy who has everything.

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LED Grow Light Color Spectrum

LED Light Colors are important. Different manufactures create their own blends of red and blue, which are the biggest contributing colors for growing healthy plants through veg and flowering phases. Red lights are great for photosynthesis.


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UV & IR is important for growing plants with LED.

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Temperature can play a big role, ensure that your grow lights are well ventilated, no matter if you are growing in a hydroponic grow tent kit or large greenhouse setting. The LED lights can still produce enough heat that you need to ensure heat dissipation through the use of fans or ventilation. LED grow lights can also benefit from a longer life when paired with a cooling system.


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Daily growth schedule depends on the stage of growth your plants are in; germination, vegetative and flowering. The taller your plant grows and the further along the growth phase, will reduce the number of hours your LED lighting needs to supply; typically ranging from 17 hours, to 14 hours, to 11 hours over time.


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What Is A Growing Tent?

A grow tent is a portable space, similar to a box or a room, made to help grow any plants you would like to grow within a safe and controlled environment. Grow tents have the ability to do so by creating an ideal environment specific to the plant’s needs. It can be placed anywhere in your home, from the garage, kitchen, living room, or even a small closet.

Different grow tents come with a variety of different sizes, fabrics, and features, but all generally come with lighting fixtures (we recommend adding LED grow lights), an irrigation system, and ventilation.

How Does A Growing Tent Work?

The way that grow tents work are they generate the perfect growing conditions for a plant with it’s unique features. They are able to simulate the right humidity and moisture that is ideal for your plant’s health.

Grow tents also allow you to efficiently grow all year long with LED grow lighting fixtures and control temperatures through the lighting and ventilation systems. Whatever ideal conditions your plant needs in order to thrive, you can recreate it perfectly with a grow tent.

What Plants Grow In A Growing Tent?

Literally any kind of plant would be ideal for a grow tent, and there is perfect reasoning for this. It is because of the way that the grow tent works. Since it has the ability to create perfect conditions for any plant, you can use a grow tent for virtually any kind of plant you want.

If you purchase a plant that thrives in tropical conditions, the grow tent can simulate a humid, warm climate for your plant. If you are starting seedlings that need help sprouting, a grow tent would be ideal for this situation. Any kind of plant, flowers, or vegetable and fruit plants would be suitable for a grow tent.

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Grow tents come with a number of different features, and it is important to consider each of them, as this will help you accomplish your growing goals. Taking time to learn about your plant and its specific needs will help you find the best grow tent with perfect features.

Some of the many features that grow tents have are the strength of their zippers, intensity and type of lighting, type and thickness of fabric, material and type of framing, mildew resistance, as well as size.

What Size Of Grow Tent For Growing 1, 2, 3 or 4 Plants?

The size of your grow tent as well as the size of your plant containers will determine how many plants will fit in a single grow tent. Obviously, smaller tents will hold a smaller amount of plants. Larger grow tents will be able to fit more plants more naturally.

The size of the plant containers also affects the number of plants that occupy a grow tent. Smaller seedlings will fit in smaller grow tents by the dozen, and larger containers will occupy more space in a tent, resulting in less space for extra plants.

Also, keep in mind that during the vegging stage, you will need to have your grow lights lower, and then as the plants move into the flowering stage, you will still need space at the top for your LED grow lights.

Also, you need to consider how much penetration of light is best for your plants, because if you squeeze in too many plants, the light penetration might not be sufficient for healthy plants.

Grow tents would also beneficial for seed starting and propagation. These stages of plants require specific temperatures and lighting in order to effectively grow.

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Common Grow Tent Features

When you compare grow tents, make sure that you read real customer complaints and not just the positive reviews.

Zippers

We found that ZIPPERS are a very important feature, so make sure that your grow tent zippers are very durable and that they keep the light in.

Poles

The POLES used to hang and hold your indoor garden can come in plastic and metal versions, so depending on your plans for growing and need for durability, we suggest metal poles for longevity.

Pole Extensions

Not sure how tall your plants will be this year, then we highly recommend that you purchase a grow tent with POLE EXTENSIONS so that you can raise the roof, as needed.

Shipping Box

SHIPPING BOXES can come in very discrete packaging, or very non-discrete, so make sure that you choose a company that fits your shipping needs.

Warranty

We also noticed that many grow tent warranties will require you to ship the grow tent back to the manufacturer, so we recommend USA based service centers.

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