Aeroponic farming is just one facet to more efficient and sustainable growing, providing new opportunities for farmers, independent growers, and even classrooms.
Aeroponics is a great way to conserve, using up to 90% less water than traditional farming methods.
In this article, we’ll look at 5 ways you can save water with aeroponic farming.
1. Conserve water
It goes without saying that you will save water with aeroponic farming. This is because nutrients are delivered straight to the root of the plants.
A nutrient rich water solution is used on the roots of the plant, which are suspended within the environment. These solutions can involve misters, sprayers, foggers or other devices to deliver nutrients to crops and other produce.
2. Plants use more oxygen.
CO2, aka good ole oxygen, is a staple for growing healthy and happy crops, plants, and produce.
With aeroponic farming, roots have access to oxygen 24/7, which allows for faster growth. And because crops and produce have a direct line for oxygen, which means you don’t have to spend as much time watering your plants.
3. No soil needed
The great thing about aeroponic farming is that it doesn’t require the use of soil.
In soil environments, there’s a temptation to over water that can happen. With aeroponic farming, not only can watering be done on a timed schedule, but it also occurs less often, thanks to an abundance of oxygen, which we mentioned above.
4. Water recycling
Did you know you can recycle water with aeroponics?
Recirculating and reverse osmosis are practices that recycle gray water, or the clean waste that comes from baths, sinks, and other appliance, for other uses. Recycling this type of water means there’s no water waste after its initial use.
5. New technologies
New developments in aeroponic farming are creating new devices and new technologies to better maintain and provide more efficient means of growing crops and produce.
For example, high pressure aeroponics (HPA) supplies a new level of delivery for crops by providing only a fine mist to the roots.
This technology has been around for some time but has begun to gain popularity with the advancement of aeroponics.
Foliar fogging is another way to feed crops without the need for water, by delivering nutrients through the foliage. This not only helps to reduce the amount of water used, but also allows for a much denser administration of nutrients to the crops and produce themselves.
These are just 5 ways you can save water with aeroponics farming, but there are more ways aeroponics is helping to not only reduce water consumption but provide a sustainable and more efficient way of creating locally grown food.
And because aeroponics is just one part of having a vertical farm, it can be combined with other farming methods, like hydroponics, to produce more high-quality food that can last and be used through the future.
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