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Crop Life cycle
Instead of using soil, we recommend using a mix of coco peat and hydrotons inside a net-pot for germinating seeds. The advantage of this method is that once germinated, the crop can continue to grow in the same net-pot throughout its life cycle without the need of transplanting it to another grow medium which may increase chances of stunted growth and transplant shock for crops.
You can go through our detailed article on CG University that gives step by step pictorial guide about how seeds can be germinated using coco peat and hydrotons.
Another alternative would be to invest in a seedling tray and germinate seeds using coco peat alone. The seedlings can then be transplanted to a chosen grow mix at a later date.
Yes, you can but it is not advisable because of two reasons.
- Seeds germinated in soil may get bacteria or pests from soil and you will need to clean the roots thoroughly before transplanting these to CG Kitchen Garden(s)
- When you take saplings out of soil and transplant them into a different medium, plants may undergo a transplant shock leading to stunted growth
The yield production depends on the crop variety you prefer because different plants produce yield in different time interval. Generally, your crops will be harvest ready within 8 – 10 weeks from the day of installation.
Yes. In fact there are many around us like money plant, water lily that we routinely grow outside soil.
Having said that, soil does play an important role by providing ideal conditions for seed germination, acting as a store house of nutrients, providing stability to plant roots and allowing roots to access oxygen through multiple pores. If all these conditions can be replicated outside soil, plants can very well survive without soil and in fact can be relatively healthier as they do not get impacted by pests or bacteria that thrive in soil.
Soil does not have any nutrients of its own. It however acts as a storehouse of nutrients that get added to it naturally through atmosphere, weathering of rocks, bacterial conversion, decomposed animal waste etc or artificially by adding fertilizers, manure and compost etc.
In Vertical Farming techniques, water acts as that storehouse of nutrients and nutrients are added externally (in liquid form) at periodic intervals just like you would add manure or compost to your garden.
An inherent virtue of vertical farming techniques is that since it does not use any soil, plants grown using these techniques do not get impacted by any soil borne pests. Having said that, just like Organic produce, food produced using vertical gardening can also get impacted by air borne pests however, chances of same are still limited and will depend upon cleanliness and hygiene maintained.
In the unfortunate event that the plants do get infested you can contain the infection by replacing the plant that is impacted or by using any herbal or organic plant medicines that are widely available.
Same as for plants growing in soil. Water at normal temperature (ideal between 25° C to 30°C), pH slightly acidic (ideally between 5.5 to 6.5) and sufficient access to light.
Yes, of course.
Just ensure that seeds you procure are of good quality and from reputed vendors. Remember, the seed houses not only genetic information but also initial nutrient required for germination. A healthy seed will mean a healthy plant.
Why not? Reach out to us through any of the contact forms on our website or through Whatsapp or mail with approximate details of area available and crop expectations. We will take it from there.