Plants do not require soil or dirt to grow. What a plant requires for healthy development and fruit production are the right variables:


1.      Light

2.      Humidity

3.      Root-zone temperature

4.      Water

5.      Wind

6.      CO2

7.      Nutrients

8.      Oxygen

9.      Temperature


Notice that soil is not part of the equation.


Hundreds of years of research have shown that the purpose of soil is to ensure that nutrients are in proximity to a plant’s root system. Even if nutrients are present in the soil, the plant can draw the same nutrients from other sources. 


Think of it like this: you go to a restaurant to eat food. Although the restaurant provides food, the restaurant is not the food. You can just as easily go to another restaurant to find food. So, the soil is essentially the restaurant that houses the nutrients. Once you understand that fundamental concept, then you can see how a plant can draw its nutrients from another source outside of the ground.


Today’s growers are developing practical and sustainable sources for plant nutrients while creating an environment that provides all the essential variables for plant life. For instance, lighting companies are developing LED grow panels that produce the same type of illumination as the sun’s UV rays. The plants respond to the photons in the LED bulbs in the same way as sunlight.

Why Soil is Not the Best Solution for Plant Growth

There are several reasons why putting a plant in the ground is not optimal for its growth and development:

●      The Soil is Tainted

Pollution, chemicals, and poor environmental conditions have destroyed the soil. The conditions are depleting the soil’s nutrients and poisoning the plants. Farmers have responded by finding healthier alternatives to traditional farming.

●      Environmental Conditions Are Unstable

The environment is slowly becoming too unstable to grow crops. For a plant to develop to its full potential, it requires consistency and stability. Experienced agriculturalists know how to create that stability in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) settings. Indoor farms, vertical farms, hydroponics, and other growing systems provide perfect environments for plants to flourish.

●      Cropland is Shrinking

U.S. cropland is shrinking due to the re-allocation of land for other initiatives by the government and large industries. Growers have responded by taking their farms indoors.

Are Plants Grown Without Soil Healthy?

Absolutely. Plants that are grown in controlled environment agriculture retain 100% of their nutrients with zero loss throughout the entire growing process. With new developments in CEA technology, growers and scientists are finding new ways to grow healthier fruits and vegetables that are 100% organic. In many parts of the country, the soil cannot provide this level of nutrients.

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