I want a website to market hydroponically grown melons. The site must also act as an online store where customers can order individual fruits or in bulk.
We are in the process of starting a melon farm in Thailand. The melons are a variety of musk melon (not watermelons) sometimes referred to as rock melons, yubari melons etc. The melons are spherical in shape and weigh about 3 Kg. See attached image.
These melons are premium quality and are given as gifts in places like Japan. They are not what are commonly found in supermarkets (smaller and with less taste). This aspect needs to come across strongly on the website as does the method of growing the plants.
The melons are grown in hot houses (see attached photos - higher quality will be available for the website) using a system known as hydroponics.
Each plant has an individual supply of water and nutrients (see small black tube in photos) which is controlled carefully to deliver the correct dosage four times daily at specific times. Instead of soil in which plants are normally grown with this hydroponic system coconut fiber is used to support the roots and help retain water and nutrients.
Each plant has just one melon - at an early stage after pollenation smaller fruits are discarded so that all energy goes into growing a single specimen. Leaves are also removed every two days for the same reason. The plants are pollenated by hand as no insects or birds can enter the environment.
The grow houses are sealed so that no insects or airborne diseases can enter. The silver covering you see at the base of the plants prevents over-heating. The melons thrive in very hot temperatures but can be damaged is the temperature is too high. Because of the climate in Thailand it is possible to get five crops per year.
The market for these fruits is expected to be both in Thailand and overseas. The website will be in English initially but these must be a facility to easily add other languages at a later stage.
We currently do not have a logo to go at the top of the home page so suggestions are also required.
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