Lettuce is one the salad crops grown commercially across the world. The demand for lettuce is increasing day by day due to the health benefits and the ease of use. In the early 21st century, bagged salad products increased in the lettuce market, especially in the US where innovative packaging and shipping methods prolonged freshness.Traditional Farming
Traditionally, lettuce can be cultivated in rich soils, and although this is the most common way of growing, it does come with the risk of pests and insects. These risks can then only be over turned by the use of harmful pesticides.n.
In the UK lettuce can be seen to be growing in large greenhouses in long rows, this method of growing is effective for the UK as the greenhouse protects the plants from the unpredictable weather. However, because the climate is crucial when growing these plants, farmers may struggle if the winters are too cold and the summers too hot.
Traditional farming methods are regrettably well known for the large amount of water wastage and the agricultural industry is always looking for more sustainable ways to farm. In the search for sustainability aeroponic technology has become the most viable option.
Aeroponic technology provides a soil-less growing system that uses 95% less water than traditional agriculture, runs on rain water and solar power, does not emit harmful run-off into the environment, uses no pesticides, massively reduces the need for fossil fuels in food production and most importantly; can be used 365 days a year with no worries of climate or weather..
This method of farming is a very effective and efficient way of growing a wide variety of plants. Since air acts as a medium to grow plants, considerably less maintenance is needed. In this system, the plant roots are exposed to sufficient oxygen and they can easily absorb it, a system which works incredibly well with lettuce.
The Pros of aeroponics are that it is light, efficient, scales very well and produces exceptional quality and growth speed because of the unfettered access to oxygen at the root.For information about aeroponic farming contact us today.