Aeroponic Growing: The Future Of Indoor Gardening
Indoor gardening can be a rewarding endeavor that enables people to grow healthy and delicious foods like vegetables and herbs from their home. A major challenge to indoor gardening is imitating large, outdoor soil-rich spaces. A lot of indoor gardeners find themselves switching to hydroponics in order to do away with the need of deep soil for plant growth. As gardeners acquire experience in indoor gardening, they often move to aeroponics.
Whether you are new to indoor gardening or are seasoned in hydroponic growing, aeroponic growing is perfect for you!
What is Indoor Aeroponic Growing?
Aeroponic growing is an indoor gardening method which enables you to grow plants without the need for soil. In place of planting herbs, vegetables and other green plants outdoors the system allows for plant growth in chambers like tubes and troughs. Seeds are put in mesh holders in the growing chambers, and these chambers donât contain any solid material such as soil and rockwool. Plant roots are not dug up in soil or soaked in water, but dangle in the air. Aeroponic systems then feed the plants with âsmartâ lighting and nutrient mist.
Plants put in aeroponic chambers have larger space to grow than in troughs or pots. Neoprene collars hold the plants in place. These collars are flexible and strong, can accommodate growth and support the plants. These attributes create adequate space necessary for rich nutrients and rapid growth.
There are two systems of aeroponic growth to choose. You could either purchase a stadium styled system that has a V-shaped growth area with higher light concentration in the center, or get a system with continuous root chambers. Both systems come inclusive of collars, pumps, lower and upper chambers, and sprayers.
In aeroponic growing, it is important to use superior fertilizer for your system. Fertilizer needs to be correctly sprayed not to cause clogs. PH buffering and ratios are another critical aspect, necessary for nutrients to enter roots in the right balance.
Advantages of Aeroponic Growing
A major advantage of aeroponic growing is that plant roots are suspend in space. This creates enough room and allows for them to grow larger and uninterrupted. It also makes it easy for roots to absorb oxygen and other nutrients. An increase in absorption and root size accelerates the rate of growth. Aeroponic systems claim a harvest after 26-30 days, and at times even less.
Another advantage of using aeroponic systems for plant growth is the reduction in chances of root zone diseases developing. Roots that are free from soil and other solid materials are less prone to infection because thereâs no place for pathogens to flourish in.
Aeroponic growing also improves floral growth and survival rate. Plants that grow in aeroponic systems yield more flowers, and they are easy to transport. You simply detach them from collars and place in different pots to give as a gift.
Hydroponic Vs. Aeroponic
Both aeroponic and hydroponic systems provide a well-controlled way of growing indoor plants without the need to contemplate lighting and temperature issues. They also allow roots access to vital oxygen. In hydroponic systems, plants donât grow in soil but in media sterile root zones. These could be rockwool or volcanic rock. Most media donât have any nutrients in them, and youâll need to feed the plants. Other media have little amounts of nutrients, but not enough to sustain plant life.
Despite this, hydroponic systems are more effective and efficient than soil systems. Plant roots in their chambers easily absorb nutrients from media root zones than soil based plants. The system allows gardeners to have more control of the nutrients and ratios they choose to use.
However, on the other hand, aeroponic growth systems are a popular choice to hydroponic systems because plants suspended in air tend to have greater access to much needed oxygen. Plants also grow faster in aeroponic systems, are easier to transport and require less care due to the cycling nutrient mist. Aeroponic systems are also easier to clean and maintain.
Regardless what you choose, aeroponic or hydroponic systems, the bottom line is all about individual preference. Hydroponic systems have been around for much longer than their counterparts but aeroponic systems are in many ways more advanced and efficient.