Commercial Aeroponics Systems

Commercial Aeroponics Systems

Large-Scale Aeroponic Plant Production

Commercial aeroponics systems continue to gain utilization amongst growers with an eye for efficiency, fast crop turns and unmistakable harvest quality. Even in a competitive marketplace, top shelf flowers remain in demand. Delivering this level of quality with a decrease in production efforts and expenses allows operators not only to remain viable and relevant; but to grow their market share and enterprise. 

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Commercial Aeroponics Systems Advantages:

  1. Ease of Automation
  2. Reduced Inputs
  3. Less Labor
  4. Increased Yields
  5. Improved Harvest Quality

Ease of Automation

In commercial aeroponics systems, plants receive near identical conditions in the rootzone because roots are bathed intermittently in a nutrient and oxygen rich mist.  The mist is accomplished by an external high pressure pump which delivers mist to the fogger nozzles inside of the growth module (root chamber). Misting cycles are easily adjusted by the grower for frequency and duration–excess nutrient solution drains away freely and is recaptured for recirculation. The way commercial aeroponics systems operate makes them highly scalable, allowing a small work force or single operator to grow very large numbers of plants versus traditional methods. The external reservoir is easily monitored and adjusted.

Reduced Inputs

Aeroponics growing systems can be operated medium-less, ie no growing media is required, meaning there is little or nothing to replace between crops.  This offers considerable savings in materials, labor and disposal hassles versus media based hydroponics like rockwool or coco. 

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The misting cycle that bathes bare plant roots in water, nutrients and oxygen delivers precision volumes and is recirculated in a closed system–this means much less waste for irrigation water and fertilizers, ie no evaporative loss or excessive and wasteful applications required.

The high pressure aeroponics pump cycles relatively infrequently and for short durations, minimizing the system’s electrical requirements and helping to keep nutrient solutions cooler.

Less Labor

Medium-less transplants are fast, easy, tidy and require minimal labor versus conventional potting up or soilless media treatments (ie presoaking and conditioning).  The fertigation process is entirely automated and easily adjusted. Diagnostics like pH, TDS, ORP, DO, etc. can be monitored from the recirculating reservoir remotely. 

After harvest clean-ups and preparation for successive crops are also very efficient because there is no growing medium to contend with.  Growers may adhere to CIP (clean in place) practices for effective sanitization and cleaning between commercial aeroponics crops–no system disassembly or removal and reassembly is required.

Increased Yields

The precise control over air to water ratios in the rootzone and elevated DO (dissolved oxygen) can deliver unparalleled absorption rates versus for faster growing crops that have the potential for higher yields. A nutrient mist delivered to bare roots has a large surface area of contact and roots benefit from ambient oxygen levels between misting cycles.

Due to reduced labor requirements for tasks like irrigation, more time is available daily for productive gardening tasks like crop inspection, pruning and crop training; contributing to potentially heavier harvests each cropping cycle.  Typically, crop turns are faster in commercial aeroponics systems, as plants grow quickly in higher density plantings–less vegetative time means more crop turns per year.

Improved Harvest Quality

Crops that are grown with elevated oxygen levels at the roots and that receive well balanced nutrients applied in moderation not only grow faster and yield better–they typically produce more pronounced harvest qualities. 

Because commercial aeroponics systems operate as closed systems (vs open), it is easier to maintain a healthier and more hygienic growing environment efficiently.

Commercial Aeroponics Systems for Propagating Crops

High pressure aeroponics provides an excellent method for propagating plants, whether as rooted cuttings (cloning) or for starting transplants from seed. Raising young plants using traditional methods can be tedious and laborious. While conventional tray and dome methods can certainly give rise to new plants, the quality and level of development from plant to plant can vary once ready for transplanting.  These early inconsistencies become wider over the cropping timeline, resulting in inconsistent plant sizes and development rates.  An even plant canopy that matures at the same time with all plants sharing similar yields and harvest qualities starts early in the propagation phase. 

The consistent and highly automated environment in the root zone created by high pressure aeroponics cloning (HPAC) systems provides the ideal method for raising, sturdy, healthy well rooted transplants that are consistent from plant to plant. These are the types of transplants savvy growers seek, preventing crop stalls after transplant and ensuring healthy crops that produce even canopies of consistent harvest quality and yield.

Current Culture H2O’s HPA (high pressure aeroponics) systems are a highly effective and modular solution for growers looking to reap the rewards in well designed, easy to operate medium-less commercial aeroponics systems. Click HERE to browse systems or email for more information.