Once oxygen was realised to be the most important root stimulant, it became obvious that none of the existing hydroponic systems had maximized the air available to roots. Aeroponic technology has managed to achieve optimal oxygen supply to the roots by spraying or misting roots in an air filled chamber with a nutrient rich solution.
So why use aeroponics?
- Rapid root growth due to optimal oxygen supply.
- High dissolved oxygen content of the nutrient solution reduces risk of disease.
- No need for disposal of any growing media.
- Able to monitor the growth of the roots as there is no media to block your view.
- Flushing or changing nutrient strength is effective instantly as solution is directly applied to the roots with no media to act as a buffer.
- Temperature around the root zone can be controlled using a water heater.
- Can be used from propagating cuttings or seedlings to growing plants to full maturity, without stressing the plant during transplanting.
- Systems are tidy and compact to fit in small grow spaces.
- No need for timed irrigations as there is a constant supply of solution and oxygen.
At Aquaculture we stock quality brands that use aeroponic technology in their systems. Growers have specific needs and we supply systems which cater for your specific needs.
During the propagation period your plant is at its most vulnerable stage, and it is common for some people to not get good results. If it is vital for you to achieve a high success rate of rooting cuttings - for reasons such as limited space or an inability to take many cuttings from a mother plant - then aeroponic propagators are a good option. Many people judge the moisture content of the growing media (in other systems) as either too much or too little; this will either starve the roots of oxygen or dry the roots out.
Aeroponic propagators will supply the roots with an optimum ratio of nutrient solution to air - perfect for people who have trouble judging the moisture content of media. They constantly sprinkle the roots with nutrient solution so if people find their media dries too quickly and do not have time to keep watering cuttings, then it is ideal as the moisture content at the roots is constant. Because of total control of nutrient delivery, plants will be encouraged to root faster and be ready for transplant earlier.
X-Stream Aeroponic Propagators
The X-Stream range from Nutriculture offer a range of quality aeroponic propagators at an affordable price.
With each X-Stream Aeroponic Propagator, you get a propagator base (tank) and lid, heavy duty correx plate, 1.5” net pots, pump, delivery system and detailed instructions. Their design comes in a range of sizes to suit most growers’ needs.
|Plants||Dimensions (mm)||Tank (L)||Price|
|12 Plant Site||590 x 465 x 440||15||£49.99|
|20 Plant Site||590 x 465 x 440||15||£64.99|
|36 Plant Site||770 x 405 x 450||30||£84.99|
|105 Plant Site||1115 x 645 x 460||70||£149.99|
Tip - If using a water heater to optimise the temperature around the root zone in the 12, 20 and 36 plant systems, do not use a heater that is over 50 Watts. A heater that is too powerful will cause the temperature of the water to exceed the optimum temperature before the thermostat takes effect.
Previously, aeroponics has been unfeasibly expensive for most home growers. That is why Nutriculture, a company who has consistently provided the market with unique and reliable products, had taken two years to develop a top quality system that gives high end aeroponic results at an affordable price.
The system is based on the same principles as their aeroponic propagators, but can grow plants to full maturity.
- The 50L tank gives the grower ample time before the solution is used up by mature plants.
- The large root chamber provides space to grow a colossal root mass.
- The powerful sprinkler system provides an even spread of solution to the roots with no blind spots.
- A great variety of lids are available offering sites for 4, 8 or 16 plants in either 1.5” net pots or 3”.
The Twin Amazon has been long awaited by growers who wanted to grow more plants using the system but without the hassle of filling up more than one nutrient reservoir. The Twin Amazon uses two root chambers linked to one nutrient reservoir; this will save the grower time spent on making the nutrient solution for two separate systems.
System features include:
- 100L tank, ideal for running the two root chambers.
- Two large root chambers, these are the same as the single amazon chambers.
- A powerful sprinkler system providing ample nutrient solution to the roots
- A great variety of lids are available offering sites for 8, 16 or 32 plants in either 1.5” net pots or 3”.
It is convenient that both the X-Stream Aeroponic Propagator and the Amazon system are able
to use the same size net pot in which seeds or cuttings can be grown. Rooted plants brought up in the propagator are easily transferable to the system, minimizing the effects of transplant stress that is commonplace in other systems. However, it is optional to get lids with 3” holes to grow plants with thicker stems and greater root mass. It is simple to transplant seedlings or rooted cuttings in 1.5” containers into 3” net pots by filling the gaps with small 4-8mm clay pebbles.