Frequently Asked Questions.
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Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants without soil. Instead, you add nutrients directly into the water supply. Liquid nutrients enable the plants to spend less time getting food from the soil and more time growing leaves.
Hydroponics is also an answer to two of the world’s growing concerns: diminishing soil quality, and water scarcity.
Also, food safety concerns attached to traditional agriculture, such as high pesticide use and metal contaminants in the soil, are significantly more manageable if not entirely erased in a hydroponics production system.
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Many types of crops are perfect matches for the ZipGrow™Towers. Herbs like basil, mint, and rosemary are perfect matches for growing vertically. We’ve also had great success with leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, and arugula. With a little extra planning and preparation, you can also successfully grow fruiting plants such as strawberries. You can read our Quick Crops Guide here.
– Please note: strawberries and other fruiting plants can take a lot of work and use different nutrient ratios than greens and herbs.
In any size ZipGrow™ Towers you will space your plants 4-6″ crop dependent.
Larger statured crops will require 6″ spacing while smaller statured crops will require 4″ spacing.
For most of the crops we grow in our ZipGrow™ Towers – largely nutrient dense greens and herbs – we stick to about a 4-6 inch spacing. This inch spacing helps us grow 8-10 basil plants in a single 5′ ZipGrow Tower. Many of our farmers have reported they are able to grow:
10-12 lettuce-sized plants per 5 foot tower and 16-20 lettuce sized plants per 8 foot tower.
Other types of plants will require more specific measurements:
Mint, for example, grows like a weed and spreads throughout the entire Tower. This differs from most of your greens like lettuce and kale that tend to grow more centralized and gain the majority of their weight in one spot. Chives can also be planted closely together therefore allowing you to grow a lot more plants per tower.
With the purchases of either of these two systems, we recommend purchasing the Beginner Bundle. You can get approximately 6 months of consumables with the beginner bundle. You will also need to source your own seeds.
Matrix Media is a plastic media used inside ZipGrow™ Towers. It is a fiber matrix that offers 290 ft² of BSA (biological surface area) per cubic foot. It is unique from other hydroponic and aquaponic media as it serves as a biological filter and plant anchoring in one. Matrix Media comes as a long strip, which is folded and pulled through the Tower like a zipper. Plants are sandwiched between the two sides of the fold. Matrix Media is black to disallow high algae growth. It is made of PET-1 (a type of safe, stable polyester from made from recycled plastic water bottles) with a water-based latex binder to prevent degradation.