“But don’t plants grow in the ground?” That’s the first thing many people say when they learn about vertical horticulture — that is, growing plants in stacks that ascend skyward (vertically) instead of across a layer of topsoil.
Their lack of industry knowledge is not unfounded. For how much this technology has revolutionized urban farming and made it accessible, it’s still relatively unknown to the casual and/or rural-dwelling farmer. Growfilm®, a vertical LED grow light company, is here to remedy that. Below you’ll find an overview of vertical horticulture, its types and possible uses, and a few ways it has changed urban farming for the better.
Vertical Horticulture: A Crash Course
As stated above, vertical horticulture is, alongside technologies such as hydroponics, a way in which farming has begun to move into the cities. Much like a tall office building, indoor vertical farming involves using vertical space to take advantage of as much room for plants as possible. This spatial optimization is why it’s so often used to make urban farming operations easier, right alongside controlled environment agriculture technologies, such as commercial grow lights.
Though they all function similarly, vertical horticulture gardens fall into multiple categories depending on how they are built:
1. Container/Trellis type: This type of vertical garden is supported by various pots on the floor, in which vine-like plants (such as Common Ivy or Hydrangea) are encouraged via trellises to grow upward and around the walls of a building. This type of vertical garden is also called a green facade.
2. Modular Panel type: Growing media (soil, etc.) is affixed horizontally to a vertical frame via panels. It’s also, fittingly, called a living wall.
How has Vertical Agriculture Innovation Changed Farming?
Obviously, for one, it’s allowed it to move into the cities. Urban areas have a shortage of horizontal space—hence the need for tall buildings and apartment complexes. If there’s nowhere left to build, going up becomes the only option. The same rule applies to agriculture.
In addition, vertical agriculture tends to give hobby farmers more control over soil quality and foot traffic, two things that can be extremely variable in urban environments. It thus increases urban production capabilities, especially when used with products such as the Growfilm® LED lights.
Need Vertical LED Grow Lights?
If you’re in an urban area and would like to get in on the vertical agriculture trend, you’ll need commercial grow lights to do so. Contact Growfilm® today or peruse our selection of products. We guarantee you’ll find the best LED lights to fit your needs. To find out more about our LED lighting products and services, call today at 952-944-9863, or you can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.