Instead of traditional HID lighting (High Intenstiy Discharge), which produces a strong white light suitable for plants, Hydro Masta is installing modern LED lights (Light Emitting Diodes). These are specially selected LEDs in the blue and red spectrum which plants use to photosynthesise and unlike HID lamps, do not produce much waste heat. The increase in efficiency of these lights is well worth the higher cost, as LED lamps have a fully rated lifespan of 50,000 hours.
Here we are using the LEDmasta 600 units, which have a total of 32 individual 3 Watt LEDs. This unit effectively replaces a 600 Watt HID lamp, runs more cheaply and does not produce any unused light frequencies for plant growth.
Fresh hydroponic lettuce meet the eye and the pallette in Sydney's very popular salad bar,and Hydro Masta was happy to show off the living produce!
The herb window box shown above, is fed in a similar fashion, however this system also has a level indicator so the client can monitor when watering is required.
In the same store, Hydro Masta has designed another living wall incorporating hydroponic channel built into wooden pallets which we built especially for this project.
Fresh herbs, which sit inside the hidden hydroponic channel, use natural capillary action to draw up the water containing a slow release fertiliser. Lighting is provided by special LED grow light strips with both blue and red frequency lights plus natural white ones for a more 'natural' appearance.
So when you sit down to eat at the Crown Street's Sumo Salad you can see these herbs growing on the wall: sorel, mint, parsley, oregeno, rosemary, thyme, and rocket. Over coming months more stores here in NSW and QLD will have their own living walls.
The first stage is a 24 bench NFT system, initially for lettuce, with a capacity of 4,000 plants. Later expansions will see a wide variety of salad greens and herbs grown on their site in Port Moresby, picked and packed fresh for daily distribution to their stores.
"Have you got a showroom?"
Yes, we do, at Seven Hills, and it's open Monday to Friday but by appointment only! So please call first to arrange a suitable time!
Put your hand on what you need, or order from this website and just pick up later...you choose what suits you.
And don't forget to let us know you're coming, so you can be sure we're here to meet you.
Hydro Masta's designs begin with a range of Mini-Farms for school, home hydroponics, hobby farmers, and progress up to full acreage NFT systems.The full Mini Farm (pdf) brochure is available here, and whether you have a balcony, a small yard, or a hobby farm, there is a Mini Farm to suit you.
An updated quote for commercial installations can be supplied on request. Please give crop specifications and site requirements.
The Hydro Masta online Library is a resource for the education and training of the hydroponic growers of tomorrow.
Using the links above, growers of hydroponic herbs, strawberries, vegetables or flowers can find useful information on techniques such as NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) and flood and drain, and all aspects of environment control from airflow and carbon dioxide enhancement through to optimal tank operation.
Check out Trev's home hydroponic garden, to see what can be produced in a small area:
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So whether you're after a complete hydroponic kit or a pH probe, it's very easy to find and buy right here...right now!
Hydro Masta supplies an extensive range of hydroponic kits and nutrients, and stocks all major brands of hydroponic additives and growth promotants, and we also ship goods Australia wide within a couple of working days!