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Top 10

Hydroponic fruits & vegetables

and their health benefits

Top 10 Hydroponic Fruits & Vegetables to Grow and their Health Benefits

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants, in water, without soil. Minerals and nutrients are added to the water at optimum levels so the plants can devote its energy into producing fruits and vegetables and results in a larger yield.

Using hydroponics you can grow just about anything. Here’s our top ten fruits & vegetables to grow in a hydroponic greenhouse:

#1 Tomatoes

Vining plants such as tomatoes are ideal for indoor gardens as they require a small amount of ground space and you’ll have room to train them up to the ceiling. Being able to watch and control the nutrients the plant received enables the grower to enjoy a continuous harvest all year long without sacrificing taste. Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A, C and folic acid. They contain strong antioxidants that help protect against the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

#2 LETTUCE

Lettuce is a top choice for hydroponic gardeners as it requires little space, little attention and you can harvest leaves as it grows. You’ll get your first harvest in a matter of weeks when you can enjoy the rewards of your first crispy crop. Lettuce is a very low calorie veg that contains phyto-nutrients that possess health promoting and disease preventing properties. Rich in vitamins A, C and K and contains minerals such as iron, calcium magnesium and potassium which are essential for body metabolism.

#3 Cucumber

Water loving fruits make a good choice for your hydroponic garden. Given enough space and support cucumbers will grow abundantly. Cucumbers are rich in micro-elements iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc. They also contain vitamins B, C and folic acid. These elements make cucumbers effective at cleaning the body from cholesterol, slowing down the process of ageing and regulating metabolism.

#4 SPRING ONION

Spring onions are, in fact, very young onions harvested before the bulb gets gets to swell and grow. One pot can sprout dozens of onions and be harvested every 3 or 4 weeks! The antioxidants in spring onions help in preventing damage to DNA and cellular tissue by inhibiting the action of free radicals. Spring onions are loaded with vitamins C and K which are both essential for healthy bones. Spring onions natural properties are most commonly used to treat viral infections such as flu and colds. They also contain vitamins B and A.

#5 PEPPERS

Peppers will grow in very similar conditions to tomatoes, however raising night time temperatures and decreasing daytime temperatures improves fruit production after plants reach their mature height. Peppers not only add flavour and spice to your food but are low in calories and high in vitamins and nutrients. Full of vitamins A and C and a great source of fibre, folic acid and potassium give them great health and disease fighting properties.

#6 SPINACH

Just like lettuce other leafy vegetables like spinach grow well in hydroponic systems. Spinach is fast growing and prolific if you keep it harvested. Spinach is an incredibly healthy green leafy vegetable well known for its antioxidant properties. It provides protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, E, magnesium, folic acid, copper, zinc and many more making one of the healthiest green leafed vegetables going. It protects the heart, lowers cholesterol, helps with digestion, reduces ageing and provides a rich source of iron.

#7 STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries thrive in wet conditions and grow well in hydroponic conditions. Providing bigger fruits than in soil and can provide harvest all year round. Strawberries are high in antioxidants and vitamin c which are well known immunity boosters. They also aid in lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure.

#8 BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries require high acidic soil conditions and therefore grow better in hydroponic conditions. Controlling the ph content and nutrients are much easier and will make for a much bigger, healthier crop. Blueberries are well known for being high in antioxidants that protect the brain and nervous system. They are ranked one of the highest fruits for providing antioxidants and vitamins needed for a healthy body.

#9 BASIL

Herbs are a very popular choice as require little care and can produce an impressive crop. Not only do herbs provide taste and fragrance but they have a wide variety of health uses. Research shows basil helps reduce inflammation and swelling, it is high in antioxidants and helps protect against free radicals that cause ageing.

#10 CORIANDER

Coriander is a great herb to grow that only takes around 4 weeks and can produce 2-3 harvests. It requires no special requirements and while plenty of light will give you the heaviest harvest. Coriander has multiple health benefits. It contains vitamin c, vitamin k and protein and is a source of magnesium, iron and fibre. It is know to help with skin inflammation, high cholesterol, mouth ulcers, digestion and many other ailments.

Remember, this is just our list of what we think are great things to grow with hydroponics. There are literally hundreds of different plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables you can grow yourself very easily using multiple ways of growing them. The shops we supply will all sell equipment and nutrients you will need to grow your own produce, so if you are interested, check out our store locator to find your nearest horticulture shop!

28 Comments

  1. Leon

    In the peppers paragraph, you say,

    …”raising night time temperatures and decreasing daytime temperatures improves fruit production…”

    but I thought this was the other way around.

    Reply
    • Easy Grow Ltd

      Hi, the daytime temperature will be higher than the night time temperature. But to help to move on to fruit bearing stage quicker you can also change the temperature – raising the night temperature and lowering the daytime one. – See more at: http://hydroponeast.com/en/previous-issues/16-2013/pepper-on-hydroponics Hope this helps!

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      • Joshua Simmons

        The same would go for tomatoes night shade plant grow at night hint the name

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    • Vipin poswal

      Hii ..this is vipin . I want to started hydroponic system but i have no any experience .. I am farming in open land but i want to farming like in these tyoes of hydroponics system ..please guide me

      Reply
      • Easy Grow Ltd

        Hi Leon, sorry we do not conduct training on farming with hydroponic systems.

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    • R

      It is correct raising temps at night.it sounds against the grain but it’s TRUE for many plants

      Reply
  2. Angela

    The picture of coriander is actually a cilantro plant.

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      • Abraham Koshy

        coriander and cilantro are the same. Difference is that of the plant is grown in longer duration so that seeds form then it becomes corander and if grown only just before seed formation it is cilantro

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        • Kurt

          Coriander is cilantro !

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        • Gea Vox

          Not really, in British English it’s always been called ‘coriander’, from the Greek: κορίαννον, ‘koriannon’, via Latin: ‘coriandrum’, and, later, translated into Old French as: ‘coriandre’ and from there into English.
          The name applies to both the herb and the seed.
          Cilantro.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander#Etymology

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          • RAJA BISHT

            in HINDI language (india) its DHANIYA

      • Anne

        Would only E.M. (Effective Microorganisms) be sufficient as an organic fertiliser for my hydropknic plants?

        Reply
        • Easy Grow Ltd

          Hi Anne, no only E.M would not be sufficient as an organic fertiliser, the microorganisms would need fertiliser to break down and make more effective.

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      • Eagertolearn

        It’s Coriander in the UK, in the US it is Cilantro, and a lot of Australians call it Chinese Parsley! It’s essentially the same plant.

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    • Nita Cotney

      Coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant.

      Reply
  3. Roy Lloyd

    I am interested in setting up a commercial growing business in Lancashire. Is it a profitable enterprise? I will be using an old sports hall on 2 floors.
    How do professional chefs view the product?
    I presume the set up would be on a rolling harvest so product is available weekly?
    Do you advise on a viable set up to achieve an income?
    Thanks for your help

    Reply
    • Easy Grow Ltd

      Hi Roy,
      Commercial urban farming is becoming more and more popular with a number of businesses being formed in recent years. While there are significant challenges involved there are a number of profitable businesses in trading. Professional Chefs continue to show a keen interest in this produce and there are partnerships in place where the produce is sent straight from farm to Restaurant.
      While we can’t advise you on a viable set up to achieve an income, we recommend you research some of the businesses that are currently in operation. To name a few:
      Gotham Greens
      Growing Underground
      Grown Up
      We hope this helps and wish you all the bests for your future venture.

      Reply
  4. David Keith

    Hi, just starting out with a DWC system. My question is: when can I transfer the seedings from an indoor propagator to the cold greenhouse DWC system? Any advice welcome. Thanks

    Reply
  5. NG

    hello…I was just wondering how healthy the vegetables are which are grown using the aeroponic system…is it organic or inorganic?

    Reply
    • Easy Grow Ltd

      Hi, thanks for getting in touch! This is debatable and there is no clear answer and lots of opinions. You can derive aeroponic fertilisers from organic sources and not synthetically produce them (from chemical rather than biological processes). However Organic fertilisers tend to have more particulate matter in them, and usually end up clogging the tiny holes in the spray heads of high pressure aeroponic systems – unless an inline filtration system is used.
      Whether this is an organic method is under question, that being; is growing plants without a biological soil, an organic method? Here is some more detailed information for you: https://www.thepacker.com/article/organic-board-aeroponics-out-hydroponics-aquaponics

      Reply
  6. Ali Jaffari

    Thank you, I am very much interested in learning about Hydroponic farming. We can all benefit from this amazing science of growing nutritious vegetables and fruits at home.

    Reply
  7. K P

    Hi, do you conduct practical courses in hydroponic farming or could you recommend any place where I could do such a course as I want to learn this art. Also is it possible to grow various varieties of flowers with this method of farming? Thanks, look forward to hearing from you, cheers!

    Reply
    • Easy Grow Ltd

      Hi, sorry we do not conduct practical courses in farming. It is certainly possible to grow various varieties of flowers with hydroponic farming.

      Reply
  8. Vinayak

    Hi, I love in the Caribbean and have my own hydroponic set up. However I want to go large scale and produce as much fruits and vegetables as possible. I would like you advice on growing strawberries and blue berries hydroponically as the weather is hotter here and the room in which the berries grow would be temperature controlled. Thank you for your time.

    Reply
  9. syed sadiq

    can i have a roof covered with solar pannels and do the farmings on roof

    Reply
    • M.Asif Ali

      I want to start the hydroponucs system,but i have no experience.the temperature where i want to install the hydroponics system us 20 to 28 at day time and 10 to 15 at night in summer.So which crops i can grow now in july.plzz guide.

      Reply
  10. Deon Rush

    Hello,
    This is a very beneficial article and hydroponic fruit- vegetables are very good for a healthy body. thank you.

    Reply

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