Aeroponics

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A cultivation practice that involves suspending the plant roots in an environment of mist and air where they absorb water, nutrients, and oxygen. An aeroponic growing system is more temperamental than other types of cultivation practices and requires careful, consistent monitoring. In the first half of the twentieth century, aeroponics evolved as a way to study plant roots and many growers still consider aeroponics a viable way to grow cannabis today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do aeroponics work?

Aeroponics cannabis cultivation allows for greater access to the oxygen in nutrient-rich solutions, which can lead to faster and more efficient growth than hydroponic or soil cultivation. Aeroponics setups employ a system including a reservoir and planter bed. The system hydrates and nourishes cannabis through roots that are suspended midair. The planter beds serve as the place of growth for the cannabis while the reservoir stores the water and nutrient supply. 

Is aeroponics better than hydroponics?

Both aeroponics and hydroponics are soilless methods of cannabis cultivation. Some possible benefits of aeroponics over hydroponics include:

  • Diseases spread more quickly with hydroponics as roots share a water supply, whereas in aeroponics the water supply is individual.
  • Roots are more thoroughly oxygenated in aeroponics because of their suspension in the air.
  • Because nutrient absorption is better in aeroponics, these cannabis plants will experience a higher yield than those cultivated through hydroponics.

On the other hand, an aeroponics system is more expensive to start than a hydroponics system, so a cultivator should weigh all the pros and cons before beginning a venture. 

What are the benefits of aeroponics?

The benefits of aeroponics include a constant supply of fresh oxygen to the roots which makes for a thriving cannabis plant. In addition, harvesting is fairly easy with aeroponics as plants grow close together, so there is not much room for pests to invade the soil. Further, the moisture that your system uses isrecycled, so water isn’t wasted. As the nutrients dissolve within the water, they will directly penetrate the roots to maximize the health of the cannabis plant. 

What are the disadvantages of aeroponics?

One disadvantage of aeroponics is that it is a system that is not easy for beginners to master as attention to detail is essential. The aeroponics system must continually mist the cannabis roots because any roots even momentarily deprived of water will quickly start to die. Finally, aeroponics can be an expensive undertaking and potential issues like mold will need to be avoided to produce a strong aeroponics cannabis yield. 

How to Grow Aeroponics

Growing marijuana with aeroponics requires a system consisting of a planter bed and a reservoir. You will also need a pump to connect the planter bed with the reservoir. Once you have your initial aeroponics supplies, you will be ready to grow your own marijuana indoors