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Discover your recipe for growth


Innovative farming technologies mean that plants can now be grown in indoor environments without sunlight. This cultivation process, known as city farming or vertical farming, is ideal for propagating young plants, cultivating full head crops and growing healthier, pesticide-free crops. It maximizes production by using ground-breaking LED to light multiple layers of crops, achieving a higher yield with a smaller footprint.

With our extensive lighting know-how and plant expertise, Philips Lighting can offer vertical farmers the best advice on successful growing with LED, along with the most reliable techniques and LED products for growing indoors.

Predictable growth
Fresh produce all year round with no disease, climate or pesticide worries. 
Higher quality
Specific growth recipes for enhanced flavor, nutritional value and shelf life.
Higher yield
A controlled environment with less waste and short production cycles year around.

Possible applications


City farming techniques vary greatly in terms of the space, technology, and investment in time and money that is required to set them up. Here we compare four different applications to give you an idea of which one might be your recipe for growth. Remember, you’ll always need green fingers to make a success of these applications.

High tech plant factories

Plant factory


This large-scale production technique is ideal if you want to cultivate in a customized, closed environment of more than 2000 m2. Plant factories are very high-tech, highly automated, and can be serviced by robots.  They also have fully-automated irrigation, climate control and logistics with a growth process and production line that can be tailored to your crop. You’ll need sensors and data available to help you manage, steer and improve the process.

Level of high-tech
Climate rooms for indoor cultivation

Climate chamber


Climate rooms are for small-scale production. They can be used for a specific part of the cultivation process e.g. propagating young plants or for researching the effects of light on your crop. At 500 to 3000 m2 the enclosed, box-in-box chamber can be accommodated in existing buildings or halls. Irrigation and climate control are semi-automated and light recipes may be measured with sensors.

Level of high-tech
Warehouse farm - Philips Holticulture City Farming

Warehouse farm


At less than 1000 m2, a warehouse farm can be placed in an existing building or warehouse for small-scale production. Compared to other applications it requires only a medium level of investment and is relatively easy to start up if you have growing knowledge, with only standard racks and a climate computer needed to start growing. Existing buildings often can’t accommodate robots and fully-automated systems, so the system is only semi-automated.

Level of high-tech
Horticulture container garden



For research purposes, standard, ready-to-use containers of 20 to 30 m2 growing surface are easy to start and have a fast turnaround. Containers are suitable for both one or multiple layer applications. They can be placed in a warehouse to propagate young plants before they are transplanted into a greenhouse. Only suitable for small scale projects as production runs are limited.  Low tech irrigation and climate control are available but no automation. Technical knowledge on the total growing system is required to carry out research.

Level of high-tech
Philips GrowWise Research Center



At the Philips GrowWise Research Center, our experts study the conditions needed to optimize plant growth. This includes the effect that different lighting, climate, nutrition, irrigation, sensors and data collection can have on plant health and quality. It enables us to develop growth recipes for vertical farmers that will produce specific characteristics and create healthier plants with higher yields.


GreenPower LED production module Static

GreenPower LED production module Static


A static module for multilayer applications with the ideal light recipe for higher yield, better quality, higher propagation success rates and year-round production. Suitable for multilayer, indoor cultivation of herbs and leafy greens.


GreenPower LED production module Dynamic

GreenPower LED production module Dynamic


A dynamic module which allows you to individually adjust the LED colors and light intensities. It’s an easy and flexible way to research different lighting strategies on various crops and crop stages with the option to integrate a lighting control system with a climate or logistics computer.

GrowWise Control System

GrowWise Control System


This lighting control system is an easy way to create and run custom light recipes to meet the needs of specific crops and improve quality and productivity. Suitable for use with the GreenPower LED production module Dynamic, the software can be controlled from a mobile device or climate computer.

GreenPower LED toplighting

GreenPower LED toplighting

Control both light and temperature separately to optimize light levels and gain more control of growing conditions. Shortens growth cycles and increases yield in greenhouses without glass.
LED toplighting can shorten growth cycles, increase yields,  and reduce energy.

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Check list


Before you can start a city farm, you must have certain things in place.  You’ll find the most important ones in our check list.

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