Archive for the ‘Aquaponics Plants’ Category

As you may already know, aquaponics works on the symbiotic relationship that is established naturally between the plants and aquatic animals. A mini ecosystem is created and the re-cycling of wastes as fertilizers for the plants occurs. In essence it really combines hydroponics technology with agriculture. The question lies, what’s the best aquaponics plants for the system?

Growbeds are used to grow plants in aquaponics and instead of soil, river rocks and clay pebbles are popularly used as the growing media. Here, water is continuously run through the system to provide the plants with a nutrient rich environment to thrive on. So, what plants do well with aquaponics?

There are over three hundred different types of plant varieties that have been tested to grow well with aquaponics. The variety that does not seem to do so well with this system is root vegetables. These are plants that are produced under ground, like potatoes, onions and the like.

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White-flies

What Are White-flies?

Their appearance is angelic for sure, with their whitish bodies and wings but don’t let that disguise fool you. White-flies are very closely related to aphids. They can be as small as 2mm long, soft bodied, winged insects. They are found in almost all the regions and because they are so tiny, are often camouflaged. They love to hide in clusters on the undersides of leaves which make them even more difficult to be detected and they multiply really fast. White-flies are active during the day and can live through winters as well.

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Aquaponics SeedlingsToday, I would like to touch on how you can transfer your aquaponics seedlings to the grow bed. Now, you could be transferring seedlings from a nursery that you may use or from your grow bed itself. It all depends of course on where you sow your seeds. For me, I sow them directly to the growbed and the technique on transferring the seedling is the same either way.

To begin with your seedlings need to be of at least three to four inches in length. That’s my recommendation. This is mainly because, if you do it any sooner the seedlings roots break off easily and you may risk the possibility of damaging them for good. So, do bear that in mind. If you are using hydroton as your media, you can actually let them grow bigger before transferring you seedlings. Hydroton is a joy to work with and it’s easy to transfer your seedlings or plants in them.

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I’ve just harvested my “Bok Choy” from my flood and drain hydroton media bed system about two weeks ago using the cut-and-come-again technique. It didn’t work, and for a good reason. Explore further to find out why.

Cut and Come Again

Bak Choys never seem to grow big with aquaponics, well at least it’s true with my set-up but they taste really delicious. I tried the cut and come again technique for this harvest this time around but it didn’t work.

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