Hyponica is a method of growing plants based on the use of air
and water. It was first demonstrated in public in 1985 by agronomist
Shigeo Nozawa in a tomato plant project for the Tsukuba Science
and Technology Expo. He was successful in growing more than 12,000
giant "hyponica tomatoes" per plant by giving the young plants
only fresh water and fertilizer. He commented: "The only thing
I did was remove conditions that would be hazardous to the trees'
growth. I just facilitated their fullest self-realization."