Aquaponics Plants for an Amazing Aquaponics System
The reason people engage in aquaponics science is partly to help the environment, but mainly to grow fish and plants for feeding. The question is always asked as to what are the best plants to grow for aquaponics. Research has shown that there are over 300 plants that would grow well in an aquaponics system, depending on location, climate and a variety of other factors.
Let's start with the safe bets:
Root plants are definitely worth avoiding, as they’re known to be sensitive. But carrots can grow well in media filled beds, along with beetroot.
Aquaponics systems are versatile enough to grow anything, depending on climate and care. The real winners though; are herbs and green leafy vegetables.
So What Plants Should I Use In My Aquaponics System
Well, I've seen all sorts of different plants used in aquaponics, ranging from leafy vegetables to small fruit trees (mostly stuffed in a barrel system)
But the choice is ultimately yours, do you want to grow plants to eat? or flowers for decoration?
If you're going to eat what you grow, you might as well start choosing veggies you like and will eat, instead of getting stuck with an okra system while you can't stand the smell of its cooking.
So after you've narrowed down the choices to a few plants you like, continue reading below
Examples for aquaponics plants:
So you can easily grow cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. And with enough care and determination, you may no longer need to visit a grocery store for your salad vegetables. Aquaponics systems can easily grow varieties such as lettuce, cucumber, and red onions. Tomatoes are also easy to grown in an aquaponic system. Aubergine (eggplant), beans and peas are also known to grow well in an aquaponic system.
Herbs are also simple plants to grow in an aquaponic system. So, after laboring for a while, you may just be a few steps away from your home grown parsley, coriander, sage, lemongrass and basil. Seeds can also grow well in an aquaponic system, used with a combination of seedlings.
The trick is to keep trying a variety of plants to see which best suit your climate and environment.
IF you're in more of a cold climate area, you might think about: Asparagus (perennial), Asparagus pea, Beets (warm and cool seasons), Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots (warm and cool seasons), Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chinese greens, Fava beans, Lettuce, Onion, Peas, Radishes (warm and cool seasons), Spinach, Swiss chard
Hotter climates however, give you these choices: Chinese Long Beans, Corn, Crookneck Squash, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Green Soybeans, Jalapeno Peppers, Lima Beans, Lettuce, Okra, Peas, Radishes, Shallots, Sugar Snap Peas and Summer Squash
And of course the plants will need care in order to thrive. Seaweed is a popular supplement used to help the plants grow. While seaweed extracts are considered great for growth purposes, you need to be cautious of any harmful additives as both fish; plant and bacteria will be exposed to whatever is placed in the aquaponic system. But primarily, to ensure that the plants grow well, attention needs to be paid to what the fish is fed. The best feed for your fish, will ensure that fish, plant and bacteria, thrive within their environment.
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