History of Hydroponics

Researchers discovered in the 18th century that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water. In natural conditions, soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir but the soil itself is not essential to plant growth.

When the mineral nutrients in the soil dissolve in water, plant roots are able to absorb them. When the required mineral nutrients are introduced into a plant's water supply artificially, soil is no longer required for the plant to thrive.

Almost any plant will grow with hydroponics. Hydroponics is also a standard technique in biology research and teaching.

One of the earliest successes of hydroponics occurred on Wake Island, a rocky atoll in the Pacific Ocean used as a refuelling stop for Pan American Airlines.

Hydroponics was used there in the 1930s to grow vegetables for the passengers. Hydroponics was a necessity on Wake Island because there is no soil, and it was very expensive to airlift in fresh vegetables.

In the 1960s Nutrient film technique NFT was developed, in 1976 our founder John Molyneux was conducting hydroponic trials for his phd and impressed by the trial results he decided to design hydroponic systems for hobby growers.

At the time the only hydroponic systems available were large-scale commercial set-ups.

No-one would make the small quantities John could afford to pay for, so he bought a plastic forming machine and a workshop and learnt how to form plastic himself. Nutriculture Grow Systems was born.

Nutriculture are pioneers and were the first company to relate commercial hydroponic techniques to the needs off the home grower.

The first Gro-Tank NFT kit John produced quickly became popular and word got around the country that John’s Gro-Tanks produced huge yields.

Our grow systems now cover every hydroponic technique and are sold all over Europe and North America, but we remain true to our roots.

With over three decades of growing experience, our expertise sets us apart from the competition. Our growth has been thanks to recommendations from grower to grower.