At the end of last year, Hydroponic Systems introduced its drainage collection system for hydroponic crops, HS Evolution Growing System. Throughout this year the first installations have been carried out in different countries and for different crops, and the benefits it brings are already being verified and the results are very satisfactory.
Elevated gutter system
The HS Evolution Growing System is an elevated gutter system that has a Spacer, lifting the substrate, on a metal gutter integrated into the design.
"The HS Evolution Growing System provides greater aeration between the substrate and the gutter through which drainage water flows. Also it prevents the roots from leaving the bag and coming into contact with the drainage water, improving its circulation and flow, while preventing moisture from accumulating underneath," shows Fued Alle with Hydroponic Systems. Als it prevents heat absorbed by the metal gutter from being transmitted to the substrate and roots.
""This way root diseases are reduced throughout the cycle and roots grow healthier and stronger," Fued adds. "Plants have a better development, for all the above, and arrive healthier and with more vigor at the end of long production cycles. For all these reasons, better yields are obtained."
Mexico is one of the countries in which projects have already been installed with the HS Evoluton Growing System, by Hydroponic Systems.
"From the beginning, in Hydroponic Systems we have been concerned to be very close to our customers, to develop our different Systems and Solutions, based on their requirements and needs, and also to collect and monitor the results obtained when using them," the director of Hydroponic Systems Mexico shares. "With the HS Evolution Growing System it has been no exception. The System emerges as a revolutionary alternative to existing elevated gutter systems for hydroponic crops, and the main innovation and advantage is that it has a Spacer built into its design."
Hydroponic Systems launched the Spacer in 2014, and since then, it has become an essential accessory in soil level gutter systems for hydroponic crops, in medium-tech greenhouses.
"By having a Spacer integrated into the System, the HS Evolution Growing System adds to the advantages of elevated gutter systems for hydroponic crops, all the advantages that a Spacer has. So, the HS Evolution Growing System really revolutionizes elevated gutter systems. And this is what we have been able to verify with the customers who have trusted in our System."
He adds the testimonies they have received from customers who have trusted to install the HS Evolution Growing System, by Hydroponic Systems. There are several advantages that stand out, according to the customers' own testimonials.
"In the HS Evolution Growing System, the substrate bag has no direct contact with the metal gutter, since it is supported on the Spacer. This allows that when it is hot and the metal gutter inevitably heats up, that heat is not transmitted to the substrate bag, and therefore neither to the roots of the plants."
"The Spacer allows the substrate to drain perfectly and there is no accumulation of moisture between the bag and the gutter, while facilitating aeration."
"The drainage water is collected by the metal gutter, which in our HS Evolution Growing System, has the shape of a perfect "U", so the distance between the Spacer that supports the substrate bag and the drainage flow is 8 cm, so the roots of the plants will never be even close to having contact with the drainage water."
"All of the above helps to prevent the forming of lama, fungi, bacteria, etc., so that root diseases are greatly reduced," he concludes.
Healthier and stronger plants
In Hydroponic Systems' soil level gutter systems, in which a Spacer is also placed, it has been possible to observe, in over more than 7 years, all these benefits, and it has been proven that, by decreasing the incidence of root diseases, the plants grow healthier and stronger, and arrive with greater vigor at the end of the long growing cycles. By having fewer diseases, fewer plants are lost during the cycle, on one hand, and on the other, by having greater vigor until the end of the cycle, the fruits produced are of better sizes and better nourished. With this, it is possible to have a better yields and productivity.
"In few words, you're really seeing the same benefits that you have in soil level gutter system with the use of the Spacer, now in our HS Evolution Growing System, in addition to the benefits that you already have by using an elevated gutter system in a hydroponic crop. And the best thing is that we are installing it, both in a system with floor supports with adjustable height, and in "Hanging" systems that are hung from the structure of the greenhouse. And even more, we are also already installing it in elevated systems for Strawberry", Fued reveals.
The team with Hydroponic Systems is very proud and very satisfied with the results they are seeing. "Hand in hand with our customers, with the HS Evolution Growing System, which came to revolutionize the market of elevated gutter sytems for hydroponic crops."