For saving space and soil, this method also has several
other benefits, including no soil-borne diseases, no
weeds to pull and no soil to till, run-of-the-mill side
benefits of soil-less gardening.


Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air/mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate media.

The word aeroponic is derived from the Latin meanings of 'aero' (air) and 'ponic' (culture). Aeroponic growth refers to growth achieved in an air culture. Such conditions occur in nature, as on tropical islands like Hawaii, where orchids develop and grow freely in trees (Rains, 1941).

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Close-up of aeroponically grown corn/roots inside an aeroponic (air-culture) apparatus, 2005

Laboratory research on air culture growing utilizing vapors began in the mid-1940's. Today aeroponics is used in agriculture around the globe.

Aeroponic culture differs from both hydroponics and in-vitro (plant tissue culture) growing.


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