In the realms of sci-fi (movie or TV) with extra-terrestrial environments, from the perspective of life support, technological systems are present in order to allow human beings to survive and function. Hydroponics, as a plant nursery, is one of them.

Hydroponics, a soil-less plant-growth method for a sterile environment, enables plants to grow healthy (disease-free) without the use of pesticides and less water.

I remember from the TV series Lost in Space in the 60s about the use of a hydroponic garden. But, when was hydroponics used successfully, or not, in a sci-fi movie or a TV show.

I found that in The Time Travelers (1964) there is a scene with a hydroponics but I think that exist other prior sci-fi movies or sci-fi TV shows featuring this concept.

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  • Seems like, at least, since the 50s, but probably another 30 years older. I mean its kind of a variant on the greenhouse which has been around for a long time. Oct 23, 2018 at 18:20
  • Real world hydroponics started in the 1620s, so this could go back to the early history of SF movies.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Oct 23, 2018 at 18:44
  • I'm going to guess mayyyyybe 1956's Forbidden Planet has hydroponics because of all the sophisticated underground stuff, but I can't be sure.
    – Spencer
    Oct 23, 2018 at 20:22
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    @Spencer, nothing like that is shown. The earliest big example I can think of is 1972’s Silent Running Oct 23, 2018 at 23:01
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    @JamesMcLeod Yeah, I was thinking Silent Running at first, but OP mentioned Lost in Space which was well before that.
    – Spencer
    Oct 24, 2018 at 1:42


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