Drenched in magenta LED lights. Grown with no natural sun light, no live soil, no worms, no bugs. What wrong could this do to our bodies and the bodies of factory farm fed live stock? Something is not right here!
The owner- Jay- first came to take an interest in hydroponics and Indoor Gardening by visiting Disney Worlds Epcot Center after it opened back in the 1980’s.
“The controlled environment leaves little room for unpredictability,” he asserted. “Our technologies were invented by farmers out of necessity due to drought conditions, and supply chain bottlenecks. By converting wasteful and unreliable long supply chain agriculture into local chains, our technologies profit and protect people, resources, and economies. Our CubicFarm Systems enable farmers to grow sustainably and efficiently. Combine this with growing public demand for fresh local produce, and the opportunities here are undeniable.”
Photomorphogenesis is defined as the influence of light spectrum on plant development. While there can be significant differences amongst plant species, light spectrum tends to impact plants in the following ways:
• Far Red (700-800nm): Promotes stem elongation
• UV (300-400nm): Activates plant defenses, disease resistance
(400-500nm): Promotes leaf/root growth, inhibits stem elongation (500-600nm): Photosynthesis, may inhibit nutrients (such as anthocyanin) (600-700nm): Promotes flowering/fruiting
Over the past decade LEDs have displaced incumbent lighting technologies for most applications. In the case of grow lights, benefits of LEDs include high energy efficiency, long life and tunable spectrum. Today, LEDs are commonly used where fluorescent and ceramic metal halide (CMH) formerly dominated. High pressure sodium (HPS) lights maintain a substantial share in greenhouses and other very high light intensity applications, but LEDs are currently being designed into many new construction installations for those applications.
When upgrading to LED lighting with different spectrum, intensity and uniformity profiles, fertigation strategies may need to be modified. We know that as light intensity (PPFD) increases, transpiration typically increases. Higher transpiration rates will pull more water out of the fertigation solution – leaving behind a relatively high concentration of mineral ions from the ammonium nitrate (nitrogen salts) in the media or root zone. This can make it difficult for the plant to take in water and nutrients, thereby creating nutrient imbalances.