Aeroponic Vegetable Growing. Aeroponics is a way of growing that does not require the use of soil. Plant roots are instead irrigated with a nutrient-dense mist. This increases oxygen levels and reduces waterlogging, resulting in bigger yields and faster growth rates. Many different crops can be grown in an aeroponic system, and many of them have a compelling financial case as well as outstanding environmental benefits. Here are some examples of crops that can be grown in an aeroponic system:
Aeroponic Vegetable Growing
1. Microgreens Vegetable Growing
These are the greens that are commonly used as garnishes or in salad mixes at high-end restaurants. In an aeroponic system, enormous quantities of microgreens may be grown quickly. Micro radish and micro broccoli, for example, need only 3-5 days on grow beds after germination in our systems.
The nutritional value of a crop varies depending on its stage of development. Microgreens are at their most nutrient-dense stage, other than when they are seeds. However, the nutrients in this form are not as easily digested by us, therefore a plant is most beneficial when it is a microgreen. This means you don’t have to eat a lot of them to get a lot of nourishment.
2. Leafy Greens, Herbs & Salads Vegetable Growing
Leafy greens and salads are two of the most typical crops grown in an aeroponic system because they benefit from year-round growth. They are frequently found in pre-made salad boxes, sandwiches, and restaurants. Salads have a short shelf life, thus growing them near the consumer reduces food waste. It also enables you to produce crops for optimal flavour rather than ensuring crops survive a long journey to the shop. Basil, lettuce, and pea shoots are also popular crops.
3. Rooting crops
Aeroponics can be used to cultivate a variety of rooted crops; for example, a substantial study has been conducted into growing potatoes aeroponically, demonstrating several advantages of the system. We have raised both baby carrots and radishes at LettUs Grow. Because the growth of this sort of crop differs much from that of leafy greens, systems must concentrate more on growth within the root chamber. Greater area, support, and access to the roots are required, hence system redesigns are likely to be necessary to cultivate commercially viable rooted crops on a consistent basis.
4. Tree Whips
Nurseries provide a stable, optimised environment for tree propagation and growth to a specified size, and growth at this stage can be completed in an aeroponic system. The quality of the seedling stock is critical to successful propagation. It is also critical to build a strong root system, as life after planting is greatly reliant on the plant’s ability to absorb water.
5. Fruiting Crops
Offering fruiting crops during the winter months benefits both consumers and fruit growers by allowing for a more consistent annual turnover and effort. Strawberries are an excellent crop to cultivate in an aeroponic system due to their short growth season.
Tomatoes can also be grown in an aeroponic system. They see the same advantages of year-round growth and the absence of soil. This simplifies the growing process by eliminating the need to report immature crops. Tomato plants, on the other hand, require more space than leafy greens and microgreens, limiting their potential to grow vertically. As a result, aeroponic tomatoes may be more suitable for greenhouse systems. This does not rule out vertically grown tomatoes, as there are several dwarf tomato varieties that are smaller yet still produce fruit.