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What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil. Although plants need light, water, carbon dioxide and oxygen to grow, they do not necessarily require soil—only the vitamins and minerals that soil provides.

Hydroponic plants are grown in an inert medium and fed a balanced, pH-adjusted nutrient solution. The nutrient solution is easily adjusted so that the plants receive just the right amount of food, in the most efficient way.

The Advantages of Growing Hydroponically

Hydroponic growing has various advantages over traditional soil. With the ability to control the plant’s environment by adjusting the nutrients, pH and lighting you can successfully grow in areas normally impossible.

Growing in water eliminates the need for heavy pesticide use because most pests live in the soil, essentially making our food cleaner.

Plants are able to uptake their food with very little effort, as opposed to using soil where their roots reach for nutrients and extract them. Instead, the energy is better spent on vegetative growth and fruit and flower production—resulting in higher yields.

What can you grow?

Fruits & Veggies
Green Leaf Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Boston Lettuce
Swiss Chard
Mustard Greens
Kale
Arugula
Cabbage
Bok Choy
Cherry Tomatoes
Peppers
Chili Peppers
Cucumbers
Spinach
Beans
Strawberries
Herbs
Basil
Perilla
Lemon Balm
Mint
Oregano
Chives
Thyme
Fennel
Cilantro
Parsley
Lemongrass
Chervil
Sprouts
Wheatgrass
Alfalfa
Daikon
Buckwheat

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to know how to garden to use a GrowBox or GrowWall?
Not at all! Farming the OPCOM way does not require gardening experience. While it is useful to gain an understanding of how plants grow and what makes them thrive, previous soil-based gardening experience is not necessary. Everyone can grow in their own indoor environment; follow the instructions and check on your water weekly.

Where should I put my unit?
They can be placed anywhere indoors, in a variety of environments – not only in the kitchen or dining room, but also in a hobby room or even spare bedroom.

GrowBox should be on a sturdy surface that can support 70+ pounds. The important thing to remember is to maintain a stable indoor temperature; because of this a garage is not a good option. Note also that GrowWall leans against a wall, and to preview tipover accidents, it must be secured to the wall.

How much space do they take up?
GrowBox has a footprint of 41*28 inches with height starting at 23 inches. GrowWall has a footprint of 58*12 inches, with a height of 75 inches.

What type of hydroponic system are these products?
GrowBox is a Deep Water Culture system, while GrowWall is an Ebb and Flow system, also known as Flood and Drain.

What is the wattage of the light bulbs?
GrowBox: 4 bulbs at 18 Watts each; GrowWall: 5 tubes of 30 Watts each.

Can I use the units in commercial environments?
Absolutely. The systems provide a living, breathing ambience to restaurants and any commercial kitchen or cafeteria such as in offices and hotels. It can serve as a community garden in a condo building. We also highly recommend the products for educational environments.

How much water is required to fill the unit?
Up to max 4.2 gallons for GrowBox, and 7.9 gallons for GrowWall.

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