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What Fruits can be Grown Hydroponically?

People always enquire whether fruits can be grown hydroponically or not. Yes, they definitely can, and there are many fruits to note down. Hydroponics is a very effective technique to grow almost any kind of plant and the best thing about it is that they are environment friendly. Another thing about it is that you will grow more yield in a shorter period of time. Also, you can produce fruits and vegetables all year round and never miss your favorite food be it any time of the year.

The Himalayan Greens is a Hydroponic farm situated in Haldwani, Uttarakhand. It is one of the first hydroponics farms in Uttarakhand that grows herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Let us look at some of the fruits that can be grown Hydroponically.

What Fruits can be Grown Hydroponically?

  • Strawberries
  • WaterMelon
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Cantaloupe

Strawberries-

Strawberry is a fruit that no one can resist. It is one of the most preferred hydroponic fruits that are both easy to grow and is very high in demand by the customers. With hydroponics, you can grow strawberries all year round. Yes, you don’t have to freeze and store, just enjoy fresh strawberries any time of the season you want. Another best thing is, the fruits of hydroponically grown strawberries are very healthy, big, and juicy. It is very easy to grow strawberries than you think. You will know it once you try growing It with hydroponics. We would suggest beginners start with strawberry plants as it will boost their confidence once the plants bear fruits.

There are basically two types of popular strawberry fruits that you should know about before starting.

  • Day-neutral
  • Short-day strawberries

Short-day berries are those types of Strawberries that grow outdoors and they are called so because they flower for less than 14 hours. Day-neutral berries are preferred by hydroponic farmers because they’re easy to manipulate.

Watermelon-

Watermelon is a popular summer fruit that everyone enjoys in the summer heat. But it is a sad feeling when the season finishes and you have to let go of watermelon. But, with hydroponics, you can enjoy this summer fruit even in winters. Usually, there is false information among the growers that it is difficult to grow watermelon with hydroponics. Many say they are quite heavy for hydroponics. Though being a heavy fruit, it can grow well if you provide good weight support and light access. There are different types of hydroponic systems that are perfectly designed to grow watermelons.

The ebb and flow hydroponic system are one of the best for watermelons. To know more about the ebb and flow systems you can read our blog on ‘Different types of Hydroponic Systems’. When designing your watermelon hydroponic setup, the most important thing is to take the growth medium into account. For watermelon clay pebbles and coconut, coir is one of the most popular options and is great for beginners. They can retain water and ensure nutrients are distributed throughout the plants evenly.

Hydroponic Berries-

Other than strawberries, there are other berries like Blueberries, Raspberries, and Cranberries which you grow in your hydroponic garden.

Berries are not the best choice but they can survive if they are grown in a controlled environment. In an ideal situation, the berries should be grown in an elevated system that is a little above the ground. Doing this will allow you to prune the plant easily when it falls down. It is best to use the drip-fed system for your berries because exposing the roots to too many nutrients can create problems for the plant. With a drip system, you can guarantee that the roots gently and slowly receive the nutrient-rich solution. The pH of the nutrient solution for your berries should be between 5 and 6.

Grapes-

Grapes are a delicious and versatile snack that you can enjoy all year round, if grown in the hydroponic garden. Given that hydroponics is known as the "farm of the future," according to NASA, it's no wonder why vineyards are considering hydroponic grapes. By providing enough support to maintain the weight of the fruit, you will support juicier and healthier fruits. You also won't have to worry about space, because something as small as a Dutch bucket is more than enough space for grapes.

Like many of the above varieties of berries, you will want to consider growing grapes from cuttings rather than seeds. You will also want to make sure that you surround the roots with a substrate that can drain quickly, such as cocoa fiber or perlite.

 

Cantaloupe

Arguably it is one of the most popular melons in the world. Growing cantaloupe in hydroponics is not as difficult as you might think. You can also use this method of growing cantaloupe with other tropical melons, called muskmelons. You will want to establish a similar circadian rhythm as they would experience nature outside. It's a good idea to consider lowering the temperatures at night when their lights are off.

Another great tip is to make sure their roots are slightly cooler than the rest of the fruit. Cantaloupe require sufficient oxygenation near their roots, ensuring that melons receive more than enough food. Be sure to install a bubble stone to provide excess oxygen to the roots, especially with deep water growing. The biggest downfall in cantaloupe is that their seeds are among the most expensive.

Conclusion-

These were some of the fruits that can be grown hydroponically. In hydroponic setups there will be some plants that will grow better than the others. There are a number of fruit plants that you can choose to grow in hydroponics.You just need to create a perfect environment so that they can produce high yields of fruit. It is much better than soil farming and it saves a lot of water as well.

You can order fresh hydroponic veggies and fruits from Himalayan Greens by visiting our website. You can also read more interesting blogs in our blog section where we write about hydroponic related stuff.

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