Aeroponics is a method of growing plants that does not require a growing medium. Instead, plants are suspended in the air. Although it is a slightly less well-known technique, there are a number of advantages to growing weed using an aeroponic setup. This guide will give you everything you need to get a successful crop.
Aeroponics: A Quick Introduction
The most distinctive feature about aeroponics cultivation is that it doesn’t use a growing medium. When you use this technique, you use an apparatus to suspend plants in the air. The roots dangle down beneath while the rest of the plant sticks out above the aeroponics setup. Plants in an aeroponics system are fed by misting the roots with a nutrient-rich water solution.
The primary benefit to this type of growing is that it gives you more control over the growing environment than nearly any other technique. In this regard, it’s similar to hydroponics.
On top of the control this technique gives you, aeroponics also significantly decreases the chances that your plants will get sick or attacked by harmful pests. That’s because there is just so little that your plants come into contact with.
In other growing methods, diseases and pests can reach your plant by way of the growing medium. But since the only thing your plants will come into contact with in an aeroponics grow is whatever you use to hold them in the air, there isn’t a whole lot that can infect them.
Finally, a successful aeroponics grow can help your plants grow quickly. The plentiful supply of oxygen reaching your plants helps kick their growth into overdrive.
Now that you’ve got a basic understanding of aeroponics, here is one of the easiest ways to set up your own aeroponics grow operation. Here’s what you will need:
- A large plastic bucket or tote (the size you use depends on how many plants you want to grow).
- Net pots with neoprene lids (you need one for each plant you plan to grow).
- A drill.
- Hole saw drill bit (be sure it matches the size of your net pots).
- 1/2″ threaded hydroponics pump (be sure it can easily fit into the bottom of your bucket or tote).
- 1/2″ 360-degree sprinkler head.
- Electrical timer.
Step 1: Cut Holes Into Lid
To get started, use the drill and hole saw to cut holes into the lid of your bucket or tote. These holes will eventually be where your plants go, so be sure they’re evenly spaced out and that they’ll give each plant enough space to grow and spread out.