Aeroponics is plant-cultivation technique in which the roots hang suspended in the air while nutrient solution is delivered to them in the form of a fine mist.
Just about anything you could grow in a regular garden! We’ve had great success with most herbs, leafy vegetables, and even strawberries. Small to medium sized flowers can also be grown. For best results, avoid root crops, bushes, and trees – the sizes and shapes of those plants don’t do well in the small plant spots of AERO systems.
All AERO grow systems use rockwool instead of soil for growing. Rockwool is a spun molten rock medium that promotes growth and nutrient absorption. The plant roots grow through the rockwool and hang down in the center of the columns.
The pump runs in a cyclic on-then-off pattern throughout the entire day, though the times may vary by environment and what is planted. We recommend a cycle of 15-minutes on and 60-minutes off. We include a timer in each AERO residential unit kit.
We suggest draining out the water reservoir every 4-6 weeks (or as needed) for a Kitchen Garden and 10 – 12 weeks for the Mini and Mobile Garden or as needed. Many people find for the Mini and Mobile garden they only clean once or twice a year and just top off the water/nuttiness mix on a regular basis. If you keep the reservoir cap on and the water free from sunlight exposure, your tank should stay clean. The columns can be removed in the AERO Mini and Mobile Gardens and sprayed clean from root debris as you harvest your plants. This prevents build of or stray roots, plant matter, and algae that can ruin your pumps and filters. The outside of the units can be wiped down as needed to reduce algae. We recommend that you avoid using harsh, toxic chemical cleaners while there are plants in the units.
There are a few factors involved in getting you plants to grow, namely sunlight, temperature, and nutrient-water. When all three are working in harmony, you can have plants at full bloom in 4 – 6 weeks. During the winter months (particularly in northern climates), plants can take 8 – 10 weeks to fully mature. Adding supplemental lighting will increase plant growth when sunlight is limited.