Aerospring Growers Guide
Aeroponic basil, from seedling to skyscraper in 45 days - here's all you need to know...
- Start your seedlings or cuttings in a Perfect Start sponge, rockwool or oasis root cube. Place into a 3" net cup and backfill with LECA stones to provide physical support.
- Fill your Aerospring with 10-15 gallons of water, add your choice of nutrients according to directions on label (do not use regular plant food - it must be for hydroponic use!) This is where the 4" access port comes in handy!
- Using an intermittent cycle timer such as the NFT-1 or ART-2 will help keep your nutrient cool and save electricity since an aeroponic system must be run 24/7 to avoid drying out the roots.
- Keep your nutrient as close to 70 degrees as possible. Warmer temperatures promote the growth of anaerobic bacteria which could harm your plants as they take up residence in the roots. Notice how white the roots below appear due to a healthy diet and massive oxygenation they receive when grown aeroponically.
- Drain and replace your nutrient once it drops to the top of your pump. Use the discarded nutrient to feed your outdoor garden and landscaping - waste nothing!
- Use a pH control kit to monitor and keep pH between 5.8 and 6.2 for optimal nutrient availability.
- Use a 10% bleach and water solution to thoroughly clean the inside of your reservoir between crops.
- Use a trellis to support tall plants as they do not have the soil to anchor themselves like in-ground plants.
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