Tomato is every growers favorite vegetable because they are easy to cultivate and can withstand harsh environment. Its luscious color and great juicy taste make it one of the best commercial crops in the world. Growers all over the world are using hydroponics for producing rich, healthy tomatoes these days. Hydroponic gardening is a soil-less method of farming using nutrient solution and water for healthier, cheaper, and additional crop production. Hydroponics systems virtually eliminates all the chances of pest infestation, affects of weather disturbances on crops, and chemical toxicity. Tomato crops grown with hydroponics are much tastier than soil grown tomatoes because it enhances the natural vigor inherent in tomatoes. They also reduce the harvest time significantly, as plants grow rapidly due to easy availability of the nutrients directly to the roots. Another modification of hydroponics, aeroponics, is being employed by many tech-geek farmers to grow tomatoes.
Aeroponics uses the capability of plant to grow without using any medium or soils. Plant roots get maximum nutrients, oxygen, and moisture in aeroponics though there is no medium or soil. This method drastically reduces the growing space for tomatoes compared to general hydroponics and soil gardening. You can also grow your tomato plants easily in an indoor aeroponics system just like outdoors. Growing indoors offer additional benefits and shield plants from outdoor problems.
If you’re starting from seeds in your indoor aeroponics garden, then first you have to pick up the right variety of tomato seeds that would be appropriate for indoor gardening. Consider selecting the tomato plant species that do not grow too large to manage the space in your aeroponics garden.
Another biggest advantage of using aeroponics system is faster turnaround time compared to hydroponics drip technology system. Tomato plants can be propagated through cuttings grown in aeroponics systems in just 10 days and growers can harvest their yield by 68th day. Even the vegetative cuttings including flowers and maturing fruits taken from mature tomato plants after 68 days can be used as a starter crop using aeroponics.
Growing tomatoes aeroponically will fetch you huge benefits. It will not only increase the quality of your yield but also increase quantity per plant, thereby giving you more profit. As far as initial investment is concerned, if you’re not willing to spend much on the commercial aeroponics systems available in the market, you can also go for DIY aeroponics system that can be built at home from cheap and recyclable things. Aeroponics has great potential to increase your tomato yield; try it to know it!