Vertical Vegetable Growing in Oman: A Hydroponic NFT System Greenhouse Success Story
Greenhouses are divided into small greenhouses and large greenhouses, as well as personal greenhouses and commercial greenhouses. In addition to these, there are PC board greenhouses and glass greenhouses. If you want to build a greenhouse, you need to know what kind of greenhouse you want to build, and we will give you some suggestions accordingly.
In Oman, a customer built a hydroponic greenhouse, and he carried out hydroponic cultivation in the greenhouse. A variety of hydroponic systems are used in the hydroponic greenhouse, but the most common one is the vertical NFT system. You can learn more about hydroponic greenhouses from the video below.
The following hydroponic planting accessories are used in the hydroponic greenhouse in Oman:
Hydroponic tower system
Rock wool: Rock wool is usually used for seedling cultivation. Small cubes of rock wool can make vegetable seeds grow better. Usually, green leafy vegetables will grow successfully in about 12-15 days.
Hydroponic tower system: You can directly transplant the cultivated seedlings to the tower system, such as lettuce, which will mature in about 4 weeks. There are types of hydroponic tower systems with and without lights. The tower system equipped with plant growth can better provide sufficient light for vegetables, and the vegetables grown will be of better quality.
Hydroponic NFT system:The NFT system has a flat type and a vertical type. Usually, our first choice is the vertical NFT system, because the vertical planting will save space and can grow more hydroponic vegetables.
On the NFT system, you can grow a variety of green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, salad, kale, cabbage, and cucumber, among others.
Dutch bucket: Usually, the Dutch bucket adopts substrate cultivation, which is suitable for growing crops such as cucumbers and tomatoes, as well as peppers. The advantage of the Dutch bucket is that it saves water, because it uses drip irrigation technology, which is very suitable in the Middle East.
Advantages of Hydroponic Greenhouses
- Seedling raising and planting can be carried out in the greenhouse at the same time, which is very time-saving.
-In some areas with dry climate, hydroponics is more suitable for growing vegetables. Even if the outdoor temperature is relatively low, hydroponic planting can proceed smoothly.
-Using soilless cultivation methods in glass greenhouses and smart greenhouses, crops will grow faster and have higher yields. For example, the yields of tomatoes, cucumbers and other crops will be more than double that of soil cultivation.
-Avoid soil pollution and be able to obtain green, pollution-free, high-quality vegetables. Hydroponic fruits and vegetables are less prone to pests and diseases because no organic fertilizers are used. Hydroponic vegetables are grown without pesticides and herbicides, so they are cleaner and healthier.
- Save time, effort and water. Because there is no need to use soil for planting, the labor intensity is reduced, which can save manpower. Under artificial regulation, the scientific regulation of the nutrient solution can ensure the sufficient supply of nutrients and water, which can greatly avoid the loss of water in the soil planting in the greenhouse project.