First of all, aeroponics requires attention 24/7 and the person responsible must have experience with this kind of system, as they’re not for beginners.
This method of growing is said to have been invented out of hydroponic techniques and is still considered a hydroponic technique by a lot of growers.
This method doesn’t use soil or any other medium and by controlling the amount of water their plant gets, growers use considerably less water (more than 50% less) while still covering their plant’s nutrient need.
Aeroponics can be considered a variation of hydroponic growing. It is mostly used where you cannot grow on land, due to environmental issues or as an alternative in indoor growing. This method can be used with cannabis but it’s mostly used with other types of plants, like tomatoes, lettuce, and other common vegetables.
4. Disadvantages Of Growing In Aeroponics
Like hydroponics, growing in aeroponics has a lot of advantages and can result in better overall quality than growing in soil.
One of the advantages is the ability to have an extra two to three harvests per year, as the roots don’t “fight’ against the soil, so the plants grow faster and more efficiently. This means the plants will need less space, water, and nutrients, being able to produce bigger yields and more trichomes while drastically cutting down water and nutrient usage.
As said above, aeroponics doesn’t use any type of medium. The lack of medium causes the grower to need less space per plant. As the roots don’t grow too much because all they need is directly available to them so they don’t need to fight for space.
1. What Is Aeroponics?
As you may know, roots also need water to grow, this is where the sprinklers, reservoir, and pump come in.
This also helps combat bugs and pests, as almost all bugs that affect cannabis need soil and decaying organic matter in some parts of their life cycle. This doesn’t mean it will completely prevent bugs but will drastically lower the risk of your plants getting infected.
Ultimately, growers end up with plants that have a high trichome content.
To begin with, you must place a seedling grown in a non-soil growing medium (such as coco coir or Rockwool). Next, place your seedlings in individual pots that separate the interior and exterior of the planter bed.
The appropriately named Richard Stoner invented and patented one of the first modern forms of aeroponics. Stoner developed a prototype for growing herbs in a greenhouse and later founded AgriHouse.
First and foremost, aeroponics is not for the amateur gardener. If you don’t already possess vast knowledge of marijuana cultivation or agriculture in general, aeroponics is not for you. Despite its many advantages, things can go wrong very quickly when you use an aeroponics system. For example, if you suffer a power outage, your roots won’t receive enough water. As a result, they will dry out quickly, and the entire root system can die.
We also recommend using CFL or LED lights for aeroponics because they make it easier to control room temperature. If the grow room seems excessively warm, use white-colored basins to reflect the rays from the outside. This helps to reduce the water temperature.
One of the most significant issues facing agriculture is a reduced amount of available water. Did you know that up to 70% of the world’s water is used for irrigation? By fully adopting aeroponics, we can benefit from fast and effective crop growth without draining the planet’s valuable water reserves.
When you have a sound system, the roots of your weed will receive an equal amount of water. Also, you don’t have to worry about water escaping from the sides of the basin. When water escapes, it (along with nutrients) gets wasted, and the humidity in the grow room rises.
High-Quality Versus Low-Quality Aeroponics
In 2001, a study by the University of Arizona analyzed the effect of aeroponics on two plants. These two plants, burdock, and echinacea are noted for their medicinal properties. The burdock performed spectacularly well when aeroponics was used. This method produced harvests that were almost 1,000% greater than the average yield of field-grown burdock. Also, the lack of soil ensured that the crop was more convenient to harvest, too.
You will need to use spray nozzle attachments to deliver the water. The water released from the nozzle is in a fine mist, and it covers the plant’s root systems. Any excess moisture produced is collected on the bottom of the bed, and is drained back into the reservoir.