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Has anyone tried growing plants hydroponically?

I've heard most fruits or vegetables do not taste the same, if using hydroponics methods, but it's hard to point out what's missing in the taste. Anyone out there with a taste report?

On that subject, I would like to discuss where to find supplies, and share experiences with others.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsLoretta Buckner • September 16 2008 02:33PM

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Ask the Sate Ag College or the High School Science dept. for local info.  Our extension office from Clemson University has a lot of good information and a local high school grows and sells hydroponic lettuce and tomatoes at our farmer's market.  The texture is what I find different- a bit spongy.  The flavors are a bit watered down because the plant knows it will produce more in the water than in the dirt and needs to spread its flavor out.  This sounds crazy, but I come from a long line of growers and different soil types and climates send different messages to plants, that is why heirloom tomatoes from Maine have a greater flavor than ones grown in Florida- they have a shorter growing season.  You may find that hydroponics for you actually provide more flavor given the sandy soil. 

Posted by Jane Page Thompson (Aiken Properties) almost 12 years ago

That's a great suggestion, Jane--I need to do that.  I know there is a hydroponic farm over in Plant City, I've been menaing to go for the longest time and just haven't made it yet, but I have heard the same, that there's "something missing".

The way I explain it is that there are reasons that such things as fine wine only come from certain regoins, or coffee, etc.  The soil has alot to do with it!

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) almost 12 years ago

Just make sure you are growing fruits and veggies huh?   J/K

Katrina

Posted by Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196 (Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196) almost 12 years ago

I know someone who used to grow something with hydroponics...the police have all the equipment, might be a place to get some...what do they need it for!!  ONLY KIDDING...

Posted by Patrice Estess (PB APPRAISALS) almost 12 years ago

I have also been wondering what the taste difference is between hydroponically grown and organically grown fruits and vegetables. I heard that it wasn't a big enough difference to really make an impact on the quality, so I feel safe experimenting and growing some myself this winter. I know that there are different shops dedicated to selling the special equipment used, but you may have to search to find the one that is closest to you. http://www.southpacifichydroponics.com

Posted by Lewis Remington over 5 years ago

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