Aeroponics is one of the newest ways to grow hydroponically, and it is quickly becoming the most popular. Though this method has only been around since the 80s, already growers have discovered that it is fantastic way to get the yields and fast harvests that both professional growers and hobby growers crave.
But as with all methods of growing, if you do not keep a close eye on all of the major pitfalls, you will just not enjoy all of the major benefits of this specialized style of growing.
Here are the main things to watch out for when you are growing with aeroponic nutrients:
Bacterial Disease – One of the primary benefits of any kind of hydroponic growing is that that there is much less chance of suffering disease because of bacteria. But unfortunately, you actually might suffer a better chance of suffering from these harmful bacteria. This is because the totally humid conditions of the grow box combined with the high level of oxygen provides a perfect growing environment for them.
The only thing that you can do to prevent bacterial, or even fungal, buildup that can harm your plants is to use hydrogen peroxide. This substance, when added to your nutrient solution, can quickly kill off all bacteria in your nutrient solution.
It is important to note that while this can help you ward off bacterial disease, it will also prevent you from being able to use any helpful bacterial of fungal products. In addition, you should use this substance only moderately because large amounts can actually harm the roots of your plants.
Malfunctioning Equipment – Poorly performing equipment is a danger with all hydroponic systems, but it is particularly dangerous if you are using an aeroponic system.
This is because traditional media, such as rockwool, can actually hold moisture for a period of time. On the other hand, air cannot hold any moisture at all. It requires the nozzles to constantly pump the fine mist of aeroponic nutrients in to the root container.
Even if this stream of moisture is cut off temporarily, it can cause very rapid damage to your plants. While some things, like power outages, you simply cannot plan for, there are lots of things to ensure that you always have good functioning equipment.
One of them is to simply make sure that your equipment is new when you purchase it, and that your check regularly for any indications that it might be working poorly.
Clogged Nozzles –This is another thing that you should very caution about. All aeroponic nutrients have salts and minerals in them. Over time, these salts and minerals can build up, much like they can in a traditional hydroponic system. But since the openings on nozzles are so small, it can happen much more quickly when using aeroponic nutrients.
This is why you should regularly clean these nozzles with isopropyl alcohol. If you do not clean these regularly, you might walk into your grow room to find that your plants have gone hours without proper aeroponic nutrients or moisture.