Decoding the science of growth
Imagine the perfect plant, imagine the perfect vegetable on your plate.
What does it look like? What does it taste like? What does it do to your body and health?
What you would ideally expect is:
1. 100% vegetable, 0% Harmful Pesticide residue.
2. The exact amount of nutrition that the vegetable promises to give you and not an iota less. That’s the whole reason we include fresh vegetables in our diet, isn’t it?
3. Natural and Vibrant color
4. The velvety texture of leaves
5. The taste exponentially compounded
6. No holes, no lesions, and no insects.
That’s what we do.
We at our farm grow the perfect plants that give out the perfect vegetables which are consistent every day of the year.
We use science to achieve the perfect plant. Want to know more about our science? We will walk you through the entire science of growing the perfect plant...
What does it take for a plant to grow to its genetic potential i.e. to be the perfect plant?
1. Availability of All Essential Nutrients in the right proportions throughout its lifetime
A typical plant needs about 16 essential nutrients out of which Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen are freely made available through water and air around. The remaining 13 nutrients can be broadly divided into two categories namely Macro and Micro-nutrients.
Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorous, Calcium, Magnesium, Sulphur
Iron, Boron, Copper, Molybdenum, Manganese, Zinc, Chlorine
2. Access to all nutrients in the available or ionic form throughout its lifetime
Just like humans need to convert raw food into cooked meals that are ready to be consumed, plants also need all the manures and fertilizers to be converted into its final edible form called the Ionic Form or the Available form. Plants depend on the complex ecosystem consisting of millions of microorganisms in the soil to break the manure and fertilizers to ionic forms. Thus, plants have zero control over the availability and accessibility of the nutrients required for them.
3. Conducive root zone environment throughout its lifetime
Right Root Zone Oxygen, EC, pH conditions in the soil solutions
4. Conducive ambient environment throughout its lifetime
The right amount of ambient light; Right temperature and humidity conditions
5. Minimum Pest Pressures throughout its lifetime
Few or no pests and diseases translates to less stress on the plants.
How can one ensure that all these variables work towards a plant achieving its growth potential?
Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)- Controlled environment agriculture is an emerging branch of agriculture that enables a grower to scientifically and systematically control all of the above variables to create the most conducive environment for the plants. Under this branch, multiple technologies can be used to grow some of the best food in the world today. Hydroponics is one such technology
How do we grow our produce?
Plants are grown on rafts floating in a nutrient-rich solution inside climate-controlled greenhouses. All the root zone oxygen needs of the plant are met by continuous aeration of the nutrient solution.
1. Availability and accessibility of essential elements
Imagine, you dissolve a tablespoon of common salt NaCl (Sodium Chloride) in water. Do you know what happens after that? Sodium chloride gets converted to sodium and chlorine ions. This is the ionic form the plants absorb the nutrients in. We use the same technique to deliver nutrients to the plants. In hydroponics, we use imported, fully water-soluble salts that readily dissolve in water just like common salt leaving minimum residues and making all the nutrients available in an ionic form to the plants. Additionally, we constantly filter and sterilize the water used to not have any foreign particles which may hinder the absorption of nutrients by the plants.
2. Root zone environment control
We closely monitor the dissolved oxygen, temperature, salinity (EC) and acidity (pH) of the water every day and any deviation from the right conditions is corrected immediately
3. Ambient Environment Control
We also monitor and control to some extent the temperature and humidity of the ambient environment
4. Minimum Pest Pressures
We grow our plants under a protected environment called a polyhouse or a
greenhouse. Our zero pesticide policy drives us to practice the highest standard of hygiene while growing.
Organic Vs Hydroponics cultivation
No control over the variables
Use of biopesticide instead of chemical pesticides
Use less energy but more water
Bad leave texture and risk of bacterial contamination
Not easy to scale as different parcels of land will have different soil quality and different microclimate
High degree of control over the variables
Absolutely no use of any pesticide
Use more energy but only 10% of water
Excellent leaf quality and no risk of bacterial infection
Easy to scale as plants are grown in a controlled environment
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7A, 3rd Floor, 5th Cross Road, St. Thomas Town Main Road, Kammanahalli, Bengaluru,
Karnataka - 560084
Farm located in Doddaballapura Taluk, Bangalore Rural District, Karnataka - 561203
+91 90192 93941