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Okay, I’m going to take aeroponics, grow box, aero tower or whatever you want to call it not just to the next level but to the highest level every done publicly on the Internet. The goal is to make an aeroponics system that’s fully and totally automated.
My growing unit will have so many features, you know bells-and-whistles, you’ll literally grow plants as if you’re playing a video game. You don’t believe me then take a sneak peek at my aeroponics dashboard and future aeroponics dashboard.
The problem I see with so many do-it-yourself aeroponic systems or grow boxes is they fail to keep up with the maintenance, keeping good records of growth and not addressing problems or failures soon enough. You can’t just water and go. A failed system could kill your plants in less than 20 minutes. And here is the big problem, you don’t have $2,000 bucks to pay for an off-the-shelf aeroponic unit. We’ll do ours way less than that.
Almost everyone gets good results the first few weeks. Then all of a sudden things start to go wrong:
- Plant turned brown,
- Root decay persist,
- Nutrient levels are wrong,
- Root zone is just too warm,
- Not enough light,
- Too much light,
- It’s too cold or too hot,
- Clogged misting nozzle,
- Power failure (this one is always a killer),
- System failed while on extended leave (you deserve a vacation once in a while. Right?),
- And the list goes on and on.
If these problems aren’t address at the beginning, your grow system will soon come to a complete halt, end of story.
Well, now all complaints stop here. You are here to learn and bust any excuses you might have using aeroponics to grow your dear plants. However, I’ll need your help to accomplish important and beneficial goals.
I’ll build the system and post ALL the data and photos in REAL TIME. Yes, you heard right, in real time. So what I see, you’ll see. I want you to tell me what the system needs, how to correct any issues that may arise, but more importantly, how to avoid problems from re-occurring. We want prevention, not reaction.
So my aeroponic system is virtually your indoor grow system.
Just to put you at ease, aeroponic growing is not something new. It has been around for thousands of years. In fact, NASA used aeroponics and researched aeroponics for their space program and got excellent results.
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Simply put, Aeroponics is the fastest way to grow plants than any other method.
Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in the air with the assistance of a mist environment. No soil or aggregate medium is used or needed to support the plant.
Aeroponics is different than hydroponics. Hydroponics uses moving water enriched with minerals as a growing medium to sustain plant growth.
Aeroponics uses a nutrient enriched spray mist as a method to sustain hyper plant growth.
The word Aeroponics is derived from the Latin meaning aero (air) and ponic (work) air.
Aeroponic growth refers to where an air culture environment is used to grow and sustain plant life.
Tropical orchids, for example, grow and thrive hanging from trees aeroponically.
Aeroponic research utilizing a water vapor to utilize plant growth began in the mid-1940s. Today aeroponics is used in agriculture around the world to grow food and medicinal plants.
Basic Principles of Aeroponics
The basic principle of aeroponic is growing plants in a closed or semi-closed environment of spraying the roots of plants with a nutrient rich solution. The idea is to keep the environment free from pest and disease so that the plants can grow quicker and healthier.
Aeroponic is an advance method of developing plant growth, flowering, fruiting and health for most plant species and cultivators.
Carbon dioxide in the air is necessary for healthy plant growth. As aeroponics is conducted in air enriched with micro-droplets of water, most plants can grow from seedlings to maturity in air with a good supply of a carbon dioxide gas, water, and plant nutrients.
A few plant growers favor aeroponic systems over other related methods of hydroponics because the increased aeration of nutrient enriched solution delivers more oxygen to the plant roots which stimulates plant growth and helping to prevent pathogen formation.
In an aeroponic system, the plant’s rootzone is suspended inside an environment where the roots are exposed to an atomized nutrient solution. The top of the plant, leaves and crown, is often called the “canopy” and extends above the wet zone. The roots and the canopy of the plant are separated by the plant support structure.
The lowest part of the plants support system and rootsystem are sprayed or misted for intermitted durations with a hydro-atomized mist of pure water and nutrient enriched solution.
One common aspect of aeroponic growing is the omission of any growing media whether it is organic or not for plant support.
Often closed cell foam is squeezed around the supporting system of the plant (stem), and
Inserted into openings of the aeroponic chamber. Larger plants need additional support to suspend the extra weight of vegetation and fruit production.