Oxygenating, Detoxifying, Mosquito-Repelling Plants Grown Aeroponically!
Here is an Aeroponics greenhouse .zip file that I've compiled. This could be an installation business to radically improve people's indoor air quality, naturally! Not only could a household thrive off of the organic vegetables grown, this could also become a business installing an oxygenating plant tower in sunny waiting rooms of office buildings, and near south-facing bedroom windows.
These are turn-key systems that could be shipped to any location, to then be installed.
Whether it is just one indoor 8' tower with 30 plants, or 10 towers in a full-size greenhouse, an automatic growing system can be assembled to specifications.
A solar panel and battery bank would run a low-wattage pump.
With the potential dangers of heavy metals & acid rain from industrial pollution, or even the possibility of radioactive rainfall, this system offers the assurance of having an abundant source of pristine, organically-grown food year-round.
Here are some informative and pertinent articles about why good indoor air quality is important:
*Seven-ways-to-reduce-exposure-to-formaldehyde/What are the advantages to Aeroponics and how does it work?Dangling Plants Aeroponics uses the medium of air and the system is based on the plants literally dangling their roots into a grow chamber. They are regularly subjected to a fine spray from misting nozzles, which keeps the grow chamber at 100 percent humidity. These misting nozzles spray a misted nutrient solution at periodic intervals, allowing the plants to absorb only the moisture and nutrients they need. The process is very efficient and there is very little waste involved.
Advantages of Aeroponics
There is no visible growth medium as the system uses air. This saves immensely on the labor, which is associated with conventional Hydroponic systems. It is also cleaner, with very little, if any, waste to dispose of, making it more environmentally friendly. This has the added benefit of a very low risk of bacterial problems that are usually associated with other growing mediums.
Secondly, the plants are always in contact with the air or their growing medium and will always receive sufficient oxygen for maximum growth. This, however, is not always the case with other types of growing medium, which may need changing frequently etc to grow properly.
Lastly, the growth cycle, if implemented properly can be much quicker and this in turn allows for the speedy production of a very fruitful harvest for plants or vegetables.
When indoors Aeroponics is clean, efficient, with fewer chances of bacterial problems, less labor intensive and most importantly, and over time could save you money.
There are three particular plants are chosen for their high oxygen content, the Areca Palm, Snake plant, and the Money plant.After one greenhouse system is installed and producing, it becomes a showcase on the web, where potential customers could go and get a cyber tour. The greenhouse structures could be part of a pre-fab 'Aeroponics greenhouse kit' container which gets shipped over direct from the company.The advantage that it has over the Aquaponics system is that it does not need fish in the system to be organically grown. The nutrients come from a filtered 'compost tea' which gets sprayed on the roots every 20 minutes. No fishy smells and tanks to clean every week this way. aeroponics-beyond-hydroponics-in-high-tech-gardening and this Aeroponics chat forum page has some good nutrient info from experienced growers.And now, here is my new twist added to this theme: Combine the top three oxygenating plants into a retail Aeroponics system! A space-saving VERTICAL method that could be placed in business waiting rooms, and other areas with a sunny, south-facing window.Video from Kamal Meattle, designer of the oxygenating plant system: http://greenspaces.in/blog/ted09/http://www.julioradesca.com/ shows one way that is being done to have the plants around you at the desk, though it is using soil as a medium.The three indoor plants that Kamal mentions in his TED talk include:Top ten plants for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air:Kamal isn't the only person saying this. Earlier, a study conducted by NASA also suggested that certain houseplants (including Bamboo Palm and Snake Plant) can remove as much as 87% of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours.1. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
2. Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
3. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
4. Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta)
5. Dracaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena deremensis)
6. Philodendron (Philodendron sp.)
7. Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
8. Ficus Alii (Ficus macleilandii “Alii”)
9. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”)
10. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
Here is a further use for Aeroponics, grow certain plants that repel mosquitos!
Before reaching for the chemical sprays, here are easy-to-grow plants which have natural mosquito-repelling properties…1. Citronella