Additionally, food is estimated to travel up to 1,500 miles in the U.S. before reaching the dinner table, but with an at-home garden, growers can get fresh produce quickly and straight from their own gardening system. This six-step guide focuses on easing frustrations of gardening like climate concerns, sunlight, overwatering, pests and reduce overall stress for the first-time non grower.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. , June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Gardening has become a newfound hobby for many during this extended period of self isolation, as well as a way for those to control their own food supply. This has caused nurseries to sell out of vegetables, seed sales to double, and tomato plants to sell at the rate of around 800 a day. For the many just beginning their gardening journey, Tower Garden has developed a step-by-step guide to ensure abundant, successful harvests are had by all.
For more information about Tower Garden or about first-time growing, visit our beginners guide to aeroponic gardening blog post.
I would highly recommend this system for inexperienced users or those wishing to simplify their methods.
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For our trial run with the Tower Garden we used a variety named Grasshopper. This strain typically yields around 14g per plant achieving lofty heights of 18 inches; sometimes much less, rarely a little more. Its small size makes for good stealthy plantings and working into crowded spaces. Life cycle completes in 60 days from seed to mature flowers. The flowers are frosty and have a minty earthy smell. Here are some pictures from the end of the trial.
This system will work for Cannabis with full sun exposure outside or even better in a greenhouse. We don’t need soil; just add water and Tower Tonic or other hydroponic nutrients. We eliminate the trouble of setting up an indoor garden and the labor of using potting soil. And that part about “almost any vegetable, herb, or flower” applies to your medicine.
Most varieties of Cannabis are photoperiod sensitive. It flowers according to the length of nighttime darkness it receives. Using these photoperiod varieties would be nearly impossible in the Tower Garden outside as they would get to unmanageable size very quickly. If you can control the light cycle, initiating a 12/12 light cycle from seed or cutting would work with C. indica and shorter hybrids. But for outdoor and greenhouse growing dwarf autoflowering strains are the perfect choice.
Here’s a close up of some frosty flowers.
Here you can see the reservoir lid. Tower Tonic A and B were the only nutrients used. We can see a deficiency here at the end, but the plants stayed green until the last 10 days with no signs of problem and therefore no significant impact on yield.
It is possible to grow your own medicinal Cannabis in many ways. Most of the time it involves complicated indoor gardens or back breaking work with soil outdoors. The Tower Garden offers an easy alternative to tradition growing methods. Here is the official what and why:
Growing cannabis in the soil also involves watering plants at regular intervals and monitoring fungi & mildew spots as well as taking regular actions to implement a rigorous pest prevention and control.
Growing cannabis the traditional way successfully involves an initial meticulous preparation of the soil; seedlings must then be given a special rooting nutrient solution for 1 – 2 weeks followed by the growth-enhancement-fertilizer-phase; nutrients are then switched over the last few weeks to a special flowering formula complemented by a budding sugar-based fertilizer administrated prior to harvest.
Aside from the cost-saving consideration, as mentioned previously, much less labor is involved with the towers. It is only a matter of planting the seedling in the tower and watch it grow. Of course, even when using aeroponic towers for marijuana cultivation, it is still necessary to monitor the growth of the plants closely. Growing cannabis off the ground on an aeroponic tower greatly reduces the risks of pests and fungi but does not completely eradicate such problems.
When planting cannabis in the lowest section of the tower, expect a DWC (Deep Water Culture) situation. Roots will grow in the bottom reservoir and cannot be cut (like for the root management of other plants such as chard, cabbages etc.). Trimming the roots of your cannabis plants (in an effort to protect your pump) will kill them. Although your tower is not meant to be used as a DWC system, surprisingly enough, plants growing with their roots fully submerged in the diluted nutrient solution always gave equal results (crop yield and potency) as the plants growing on the upper section of the tower.
When plants appear to grow too big for the tower to remain straight, we recommend giving external support to the stem & main branches. However, even when a plant appears to grow “too much horizontally” (challenging the balance of the tower), do not bend it to point upward. In fact, when bending the stem of a large cannabis plant in an effort to straighten it so that it can grow more ‘alongside’ of the tower, it stresses the roots to the extent of killing the plant. Always let cannabis follow the growth angle it chooses and support it when necessary without bending the stems. When growing full cycle feminized plants, we recommend growing a maximum of two plants per tower. In fact, cannabis roots are massive and overly planting on one tower can clog planting sections thus not allowing an even delivery of the nutrients.