Ever heard of aeroponics? Well, if you haven’t, it is the process of growing plants in a mist or air environment without using soil. Instead of using soil, the roots dangle in the air and are sprayed with solutions laden with nutrients needed for growth, using specially designed devices. Aeroponic systems utilize soilless growing mediums, liquid nutrients and water to efficiently and quickly grow nutritious produce.
To grow plants using this system, seeds are placed in pieces of foam, which are placed into tiny pots. The pots are then exposed to mist that’s filled with nutrients on one end and light on the other. The system uses foam as it holds the roots and stem in place as the plant grows.
Research has found that not using a growing medium, such as soil, is actually good for plants, as their roots are exposed to extra oxygen, which prompts even faster growth. Aeroponic systems have also been found to be extremely water-efficient because they use roughly 90% less water than plants that are irrigated in soil.
This is in addition to being an eco-friendly way to grow large quantities of food in tiny spaces, through the use of towers and other vertical approaches.
So, what can you grow using aeroponic systems?
Similar to hydroponic systems, these systems are mainly used to grow cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, cannabis, culinary herbs and leafy greens. You can also grow root crops using aeroponic systems, which isn’t possible in a hydroponic system, as the roots won’t have a lot of room to grow and will be harder to access when harvesting.
However, the systems do have some disadvantages. These include:
- Relying on electricity to pump water through the devices used for misting. This can, however, be remedied through the use of solar power and other alternative sources of energy in order to reduce the energy consumption of the cultivation process.
- Skill required for effective operation. Ensuring that your crops receive the right amount of nutrients may be a bit of a challenge, as even a slight deviation from the parameters stipulated may lead to their loss. Skill is therefore required to use this method.
- Quality professional systems that are equipped with a backup power supply and automated nutrient monitoring go for four figures or more. It should be noted that DIY models can be built for as little as $100 or even less.
If you’re interested in aeroponic systems and would like to use them to grow herbs and the like, ensure that you have an enclosure that can prevent light from reaching the plant roots, which can also hold in the humidity.
Cannabis companies such as Hero Technologies Inc. (OTC: HENC) have taken to growing marijuana using aeroponics, and this not only produces high-quality yields but also lowers the possible adverse ecological effects of marijuana growing.
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