Big Buddha Box Hydroponics System Just Used To Produce Nearly World Record Sized Basil Leaves
Posted by Little Buds | July 23 2012 | 2355 views | Comments ↓
Big Buddha Box, a SuperCloset hydroponic system, was used to grow basil leaves that were just harvested and measure an incredible 14 square inches. The world record for the largest basil leaf ever grown was 18 inches, grown in 1996 by Susan Sauter from West Virginia. SuperCloset is now in the race for the World Record for production per square foot for an indoor hydroponic basil grow as supposedly they have just harvested leaves that measure 32 square inches. This fact however, has not yet been verified.
If this is possible with basil, how long until we start seeing world record competitions for creating history's biggest buds!?
Basil is of course, usually grown outside. However the herb thrives at a pH between 5.5 and 6.5, which is the perfect range for hydroponic gardening. As such, this indoor hydroponic system produces leaves faster, and leaves that are significantly larger.
The Big Buddha Box system is a four-walled vertically oriented box with a light column in its center. With this vertical box, the grower can grow 2-5 times more plants than with any other traditional horizontal growing method. The box can hold up to 78 plants. It features three tiers of systems so that one can grow a plant up to 108 feet in a 6ft x 6ft growing area. Plants are coaxed to grow towards the center of the box, which causes maximum production.
The box also features a vertical net trellis that allows the plants to be tied up in any direction to completely fill all of the walls. This increases the density and stability of the plants and allows for four six-foot tall walls of grow space. However plants don’t actually need to grow 6 feet before they are harvested. With this box, a plant can be two feet tall and be so dense that it can be harvested. This vertical growing method features what is called Verticalponics, a combination of Superponics and growing your plants vertically.
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Monday, 23 July 2012
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Article by Little Buds, on Jul. 23rd 2012