When it comes to a container farm, you’ll hear a lot about how it grows crops like lettuces, herbs, and other leafy greens.
So, it’s probably not surprising when you find out a container farm grows great arugula or something similar.
But container farms aren’t limited to those same old crops you keep hearing about over and over.
In this article, you’ll find out about 5 surprising crops you can grow in a container farm.
Violas are the parent flower of violets and pansies.
Flowers usually need lots of light, so they tend to grow the best outdoors.
That’s why this crop is so surprising!
Grow and sell your violas for flower arrangements, or for use in cuisine.
They can be used for garnishes, decorations, or desserts.
Violas should continue to grow in a container farm, for as long as you keep it alive.
Just be sure to remove any seed heads, so that it will continue flowering.
While mushrooms aren’t technically a plant, they’re still considered crops.
It might be surprising to learn that you can grow mushrooms in a container farm, because mushrooms don’t have roots.
How are they supposed to grow in a hydroponic system without roots?
Well, all you have to do, is make sure the growing media gets saturated with nutrient water.
Mushrooms don’t hold up to storage and transport well.
So, the closer to the market a supplier is, the better.
It might seem odd to grow an underground crop in a hydroponic system.
But radishes are root crops, and hydroponics is all about giving nutrients to the roots.
You just need to make sure you have enough room in your growing medium and net cup for the fruit to grow.
Radishes are well-known for being one of the fastest growing crops.
There’s only one downside to growing radishes in a container farm.
You probably won’t be able to achieve the same hefty-sized fruits you can get in the ground.
Growing mushrooms in a container farm can be quite profitable.
Container farms are all about growing a lot, in a small space.
And rosemary is known for being a big and bushy plant.
So, it might surprise you to know, that this herb thrives in container farms.
In fact, if you prune it enough, you can prevent it from outgrowing the system.
Rosemary is also very sensitive to overwatering.
So, you might not have thought it would grow well hydroponically.
But if you avoid getting the plant itself wet and give it some dry periods, you can avoid rot.
Rosemary will grow for as long as you want, so keep on harvesting.
Like flowers, fruiting crops usually do best outdoors.
Plus, strawberries actually like to hibernate in the winter.
So, they don’t usually agree with the year-round growing container farms are popular for.
But you may actually find success growing this fruit in a container farm.
Stick to day-neutral varieties like seascape, quinalt and hecker for strawberries all year.
Outdoors, strawberries are pollinated naturally by bees or the wind.
Indoors, you’ll have to do it by hand.
To grow strawberries in a container farm, start with frozen and virus-tested runners.
If you’ve already started a container farm, consider trying your hand at a couple of these plants.
You might just find these surprising crops to be better, than what you had before!
To learn more about container farms, visit our website or call 602-753-3469.