Soilless Growing

Growers in Wales came together to find out how one of the latest innovations in horticulture can help both their businesses and the environment. 

The two events were hosted by Tyfu Cymru/Grow Wales; Kevin Thomas, Project Director for Tyfu Cymru commented,

“Soilless Growing is a future looking, innovative method of growing which offers not only economic benefits to growers but also to the environment. These new methods of growing have exciting potential for Welsh growers and have been shown to boost root growth and absorb more nutrients.  We have brought together experts and growers to help turn the theory into practice”.

Dr Barry Mulholland Director, ADAS Horticulture, commented,

“Hydroponics is used extensively for high value edible and non-edible crops because it is an efficient and highly productive growing system.  Crops are grown under protection so that the root and aerial zone can be precisely controlled and there is less wastage of marketable product compared with crops grown in the field.  It is also common to use “closed systems” so that water and nutrients are not discharged to the environment”. 

Anglesey grower, James Hooton from Hooton’s Homegrown talked about his experience of soilless growing.  He remarked,

“Soilless growing has offered our business many advantages, including higher yields, greater efficiencies through ease and speed of picking, and more sustainable (and cheaper) use of water.  The system was quick to establish, and once the initial investment and construction has been made, the system can be used time and time again.”

Kevin Thomas continued

“It has been great to hear about a grower’s practical experience and how James has seen benefits in his business.  We are very keen to highlight the advantages which soilless growing might offer other Welsh growers as part of Tyfu Cymru’s aim to help commercial growers make the most of market opportunities and grow the sector in Wales”.   

Further to the events, we are pleased to launch our free Soilless Growing Toolkits as part of our commitment to knowledge exchange. Four information toolkits have been produced to give you resources and guidelines on incorporating soilless growing in to your business. These toolkits cover salads, herbs, strawberry growing and ornamentals.

To request your copy, please email