Vertical farms inside restaurants: hydroponics is creating a farming future indoors

Based on cultivation techniques that do not require the use of soil and which generally have an excellent application even in much smaller spaces, hydroponics creates a more favorable environment for the growth of plants.

The secret lies in the use of water and nutrients like the classic NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), but also calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. “Crops find the nutrients that will support the plant’s roots directly in the water,” explains Pedro Brito, Sales Manager at Tregren, an interior gardening store. “In our case, we use coconut pods.”

“One of the latest projects we worked on is a vertical farm inside a restaurant,” Stefano Sergiani, Technical Manager of Hydroinvent Group, tells. “This way, customers see on the wall the growth phase of the same food that they eventually find on the plate. This specific type of cultivation takes up very little space in proportion to the final product and can grow at a height of 3-5m.”

This kind of project raises the quality of the environments, making them greener and more pleasant, and transforms them into a sort of educational center where it is possible to witness the crops’ growth process. 

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