THE ADVANCES OF SOILLESS CULTURE IN CHINA
In recent years soilless culture in China, mainly NFT, rock-wool culture, bag culture and water-gas culture has been developed progressively with the domestically-produced apparatus systems, fertizers and control devices. It is largely used to produce tomatoes, lettuces, strawberries, chinese chives ect. vegetables and small amount of flowers or as a tool for special soilless seedlings. The total soilless culture area is about 5ha, and serves mainly tourist enterprises, export oriented agriculture and oil field. Owning to larger population and fewer cultivated land per capita, the inhibition of continous monoculture in protected horticulture in recent years, the stronger lack of labour in the suburbs of cities, and the requirement of integrated technology of biology, it can be predicted that soilless culture will be further developed. The history, area distribution, main facilities of soilless cultivation in China and some problems awaiting solution will be discussed.
Shijun, L. (1988). THE ADVANCES OF SOILLESS CULTURE IN CHINA. Acta Hortic. 230, 319-322