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The Last Goodbye

June 20, 2018
PH&G Publisher

The Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses website will close in 10 days. The magazine, required reading for many hydroponics and greenhouse growers’, will close on 30 June 2018. The closure is attributed to a decline in advertising revenue.

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine was an early starter in the emerging commercial hydroponics industry, playing an important role sharing practical high-tech growing information. It all started back in 1991, before the introduction of the Internet, when the protected cropping industry was in its embryonic stage of commercial development.

The magazine was founded on three assumptions:

  • 1. That there were more failures than success stories to produce commercial crops using hydroponics technology
  • 2. A reluctance by experienced growers to share information
  • 3. That hydroponics was a practical and sustainable growing method to produce high quality nutritious food.

It’s clear from the many emails and comments on social media that our articles changed lives, inspiring many to pursue commercial hydroponics as an occupation and career.

The circumstances that made Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses finally close were far beyond our control, but the magazine and website closes in the knowledge that it has contributed to the development of a multi-billion dollar commercial hydroponics industry worldwide. Today, hydroponics is mainstream technology; no longer a niche segment of the horticulture sector.

Finally, the Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses shop is still open for business for another 10 days. We have been overwhelmed by the number of requests for our dual DVD set, Making the World a Greener Place, which contain every issue of PH&G since the first issue, from 1991 to 2018. Since making our announcement to close the magazine and website, the dual DVD set sold out quickly. Therefore, in one last hurrah, we have produced a limited run of dual DVD sets, which can be purchased directly at before the website closes on 30 June 2018.

Goodbye and happy growing in what is an exciting and dynamic Industry…

Steven Carruthers

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine closes

February 28, 2018
Steven Carruthers

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine has closed owing to a decline in advertising revenue. According to the latest Standard Media Index (SMI) released in January, newspaper and magazine advertising spend has dropped significantly over recent years. The Index does not include direct advertising spend where the situation is far worse. Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses (PH&G) has not been immune from the decline in advertising spend. Read More »

Website Closure & Clearance Sale

June 3, 2018

Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine and the website will close on 30 June 2018. 


Book & Multimedia Clearance Sale

For the book collector or hydroponic and greenhouse purist, the Publisher’s clearance sale lists many of the industry’s  most iconic books and multimedia products at low prices. Many of these titles are exclusive to the Publisher.

Every issue of Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses magazine since the first publication in 1991 can be purchased on a dual DVD set. This interactive DVD is a great educational resource for educators, researchers, students, as well as new, experienced and future hydroponic and greenhouse growers. Fully indexed, each issue is in PDF format.

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Book Clearance Sale

March 28, 2018

For the avid book collector or hydroponic purist, the Publisher’s clearance sale lists the industry’s most iconic books and DVDs, many no longer in print or available. Bargain books, DVDs and downloads at read-iculously low prices. Limited stock.

Bold vision to grow Australian agriculture into a $100 billion industry

March 23, 2018
Rural Queensland

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud has welcomed the release of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) blueprint, Talking 2030: Growing agriculture into a $100 billion industry.

“A bold vision for a bold industry,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The Coalition Government is investing to grow agriculture and supports NFF’s ambitious vision for agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030. Read More »

3rd Greenhouse & Hydroponic Technical Management Course for India

March 21, 2018
Hands-on training

Delish Veggies, Graeme Smith Consulting and Future Farms have announced the 3rd Greenhouse and Hydroponic Training Program in Pune, India, after the successes of their two training courses in 2017. Read More »

Autonomous greenhouses challenge using Artificial Intelligence

March 21, 2018

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is organising an international challenge to boost vegetable production using artificial intelligence and autonomous greenhouses. The challenge is sponsored by Tencent, Holdings Limited, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate whose subsidiaries specialise in various Internet-related services and products, entertainment, AI and technology both in China and globally. The goal of the challenge is to produce a cucumber crop within 4 months with a high level of production and a high resource use efficiency.

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Experts wade into World Water Day discussions

March 20, 2018

World Water Day – held on 22 March every year – is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

A range of Western Sydney University experts have come together to share their views on water sustainability and what it will take to ensure that the 2.1 billion people living on the planet have access to safe drinking water. Read More »