Hyderbad: A five-day 8th All India Horticulture, Agriculture and Grand Nursery Mela kicked off here in the city today at People’s Plaza at Necklace Road. It will continue till January 27. It is organised by Telangana Event Organisers. The mela is inaugurated by Venkatram Reddy, Commissioner of Horticulture, Government of Telangana.
The highlight of the mela include hydroponic plants, robotics cultivation, handmade and designer pots, vertical, rooftop, kitchen and home garden plants. A small stall was set up on agricultural robotics. These are robots deployed for agricultural purposes.
Hydroponic plants were a new addition this year. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. These plants do not require soil, instead the root system is supported using an inert medium such as perlite, rockwool, clay pellets, peat moss, or vermiculite.
“Some plants work very well for hydroponic gardening,” says, Dr. Satyanarayana Reddy, Infinity Green Farms. Greens like lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and kale, Herbs like basil, parsley, oregano, cilantro, and tomatoes work well for them. These are organic and natural. They grow fast and are not prone to diseases, they are affordable and yield very well, he informed. It is a new trend now, he shared.
The mela has 120 stalls with nurseries from Bangalore, Pune, Kalimpong and Hyderabad, Kakinada, Faridabad, Khalid Ahamed informed.
A Chrysanthemum garden was another highlight....