The Lavish Life of an Aeroponic Tomato Root System Indoors
Many have appreciated the role of aeroponics in the industry because it does not use a support frame system, such as soil. This means tomato plant growers can just proceed growing tomatoes aeroponically inside greenhouses without worrying about the soil quality or how much pesticide to use on the plant.
Studies also find that growing tomatoes aeroponically yields higher crops in a shorter periods of time. This is quite promising because for commercial growers, more yields mean more income. And for home growers, more yields mean fewer expenses.
How Aeroponic Tomato Farm is Installed:
- 1. Preparation
An aeroponic system is set up inside a greenhouse or a room with good lighting. The system can either be bought from manufacturers or built from parts. In any case, professional help from plumbers or electricians may be called for depending on the aeroponic system installed.
For beginners, it is probably better to buy commercial aeroponic systems when growing tomatoes aeroponically because they require less work and you are assured of the proper system setup. These systems may cost a lot but when used, growing seedlings in the system do not need to be transplanted outdoors and may remain in the system until harvest period. DIY systems can also be installed and they are quite cheaper, but the system needs more attention and constant inspection to make sure it works well.
In setting up the aeroponic system, a few considerations should be remembered to achieve the most positive results. One major consideration is the space for the system. While a room with a good lighting is fine, the expense of artificial lighting can be burdensome. This is why a greenhouse is a better option because it allows natural light to penetrate into the rooms which are perfect for growing plants.
- 2. Planting and Nutrients Provision
The tomatoes may either start from propagated cuttings or seeds. In both cases, the cuttings or seeds are inserted into the individual pots or chambers, depending on the existing system purchased. After which, required nutrients are provided to the seedlings by âmistingâ.The nutrients are similar to those used in hydroponic systems and consist of a solution mixed and poured in misting system. Growers should stay away from water with high mineral content when watering their plants. The minerals may foul the system and may cause the plants to die. But if growers are left with just that type of water, it is recommended that a filtration system be added to the aeroponic system.
- 3. Monitoring and Inspection
The provision of nutrients is a regular and continuing process. As time passes by, plants must be inspected to check if they are being nourished properly. Changes in the plants will tell the grower if more water or nutrients are needed so that the grower can also alter the solution integrated in the misting system.The roots should not be exposed to air for too long. The plants must be provided with all the water it needs. Thus growers must make sure the plants are watered well by the misting system. In cases of DIY systems, spraying the plants by hand multiple times a day will do.