San Francisco firm grows carrots hydroponically

05/06/2014 10:46:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

click image to zoomcarrotsCourtesy WikimediaSan Francisco-based Got Produce? has developed a way to grow root vegetables, including carrots, hydroponically.

Because of their rapid growth rate, carrots were used as a beta test for other root crops, according to a news release.

Like other crops, carrots require a specific moisture-to-air ratio.

The achieve this, the firm cut Styrofoam blocks in various shapes, most commonly square and round.

Carrots were grown from seed in the mold using hydroponic irrigation systems.

Once the carrots were ready to harvest, the molds were turned upside down to release the vegetables.

Got Produce? franchises its greenhouses and technology both nationally and internationally.



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John    
UK  |  May, 07, 2014 at 09:16 AM

Since when do carrots have a rapid growth rate? 60-80 days to maturity??

Vicky Boyd, editor    
May, 07, 2014 at 09:55 AM

"Because of their rapid growth rate, carrots were used as a beta test for other root crops." Carrots are 50-80 days to maturity (depending on variety and size when harvested). Rhutabagas are 80-100 days to maturity; red beets, 55-70 days.

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