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Israeli Hydroponic Lettuce with Crispy Leaves Grows without Pesticides

As a side benefit, there is no loss of fertilizer after the irrigation seeps into the ground water, and they remain uncontaminated.

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Hishtil Nurseries have developed lettuce seedlings that are suitable for growing on water.

The seedlings grow on a bed of foam plastic, floating on water. In this setup the plants don’t have to exert an effort to shoot roots into the ground, and so each plant is able to invest more energy and resources in growing its leaves. As a result, the lettuce contains a greater amount of minerals and forms a unique, crispy texture.

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The hydroponic plant grows detached from the ground, and raised in a closed environment, which is less exposed to infections, reducing the need for pesticides.

As a side benefit, there is no loss of fertilizer after the irrigation seeps into the ground water, and they remain uncontaminated.

The faster growth rate has the lettuce ready for market in 30 days, compared with 50-60 days in soil-grown lettuce.

Founded in 1974, Hishtil is a global nursery corporation which specializes in the production and sales of vegetables, herbs, seedlings and young plants, for the professional and hobby markets. A market leader in the world of advanced horticultural nurseries, the company is constantly developing unique technologies and production protocols in order to keep up with the ever changing market demands.

Hishtil established a global nurseries network comprised of five sites in Israel and six joint venture nurseries in Turkey, Italy, South Africa Bulgaria, Frence and Bosnia.

Hishtil also exports a comprehensive program comprised of a wide assortment of edible and ornamental plants, including vegetables, herbs and perennials, selected for use in modern urban gardening.



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