Hydroponic Fruit Trees: Birkat Ha’ilanot


According to Halacha, should the beracha of Birkat Ha’ilonot, made when seeing a fruit tree for the first time during the month of Nissan, be made on fruit trees which are grown hydroponically or no? Is it a different din to regular fruit trees, or the same?



  1. The question of Birkat haIlanot is similar to the questions that are asked about all halachos pertaining to agriculture. The contemporary Poskim are of the opinion that tress that are grown hydroponically (of which there are not many species that can be grown successfully in hydroponics) are considered trees, and the laws of Orlah and the like are applicable. If so, this would include being able to make Birkat haIlanot over such trees.

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