Since 2016, HortiPolaris has grown a plethora of tomatoes and lettuces in high-tech greenhouses, distributing popular varieties to local and regional markets. The company switched to LED solutions to improve quality and margins, leveraging broad-spectrum VYPR LED lighting in their greenhouse and RAZR LED lighting in their vertical propagation racks. Tactically, AnthoSpec lighting is leveraged to improve the color and desirability of red lettuce, a crucial factor in consumer purchase behavior.
Through close cooperation with seed companies, HortiPolaris grows more than 20 varieties of tomatoes and 8 types of lettuce, which cannot be grown in the winter without a controlled environment. Fluence LED solutions have several key advantages: growers can control temperature, light uniformity and light intensity during different stages of development, as well as CO2 levels and humidity, eliminating once-crucial concerns about overheating as a result of growing under HPS lighting.
Because LED lighting is 50 percent more efficient, HortiPolaris was able to increase light intensity by 50 percent, yielding more produce and higher quality fruit and vegetables following the first harvest with Fluence. Lighting uniformity has improved both growing and grafting, while a flexible light intensity schedule has enhanced morphology and coloration. Altogether, HortiPolaris is proving that the combination of art and science in horticulture can overcome great challenges and provide lasting solutions to current markets and future generations.