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What if we told you that you could grow fresh vegetables, offseason, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home? We know that not everyone is an outdoor gardener and we have to respect that. We also respect that you may want to grow tomatoes in the dead of winter and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. The answer; indoor tower garden and lighting
Yes, you can grow a garden that thrives indoors with the right tools – and creating an indoor tower garden with adequate lighting is a great place to start. We’re going to take a look at everything you need to know about indoor tower gardens and the lighting they require so you can get started.
What is a Tower Garden?
Now that you’ve decided that you want to start an indoor tower garden, let’s get to the basics. A tower garden is a type of vertical garden and a hydroponic growing system. It’s a way of growing plants without soil in a small space. As you may have guessed, it stretches vertically, giving it it’s tower-like appearance.
What Are the Benefits of a Tower Garden?
Tower gardens are marketed as a space saver, which is certainly true. That said, they have other benefits, too. These gardens are good for the environment. They use less water and energy than a typical indoor or outdoor garden would. Most tower gardens are also aeroponic systems, which means that you can grow your garden indoors or outdoors, whichever you prefer.
Some additional benefits to a tower garden include:
- They are watered from the top down – this means that even though your tower garden contains multiple pots, you only need to water one in order for all of your plants to reap the benefits.
- The flow-through design of a vertical garden prevents overwatering and root rot.
- Tower gardens are great for growing all kinds of plants from strawberries to flowers and herbs.
Where Can I Find a Tower Garden?
There are many options available on Amazon when it comes to selecting the vertical garden that’s right for you. One of the most common types of vertical planters is the five-tier design. A good example of this style is the Mr. Stacky 5 Tiered Vertical Gardening Planter. This vertical garden contains 20 pots, is food safe, and is UV protected. This is an important feature whether you’re keeping your tower garden indoors or you decide to move it outdoors so you aren’t relying only on artificial grow lighting.
The Aquarius CiCi 6 Tier Stacking Flower Pot Tower has six-tiers, which is another common design. You’ll rarely see a tower garden over six-tiers so this is one of the most generous sizes out there. That’s not all, though, you can also remove tiers from this one or use the six flower pots individually so you have a few options. Each flower pot has room for three plants which means it can hold a total of 18. This tower garden has four wheels and is flexible which makes it easy to wheel your plant indoors, outdoors, or to another corner of the room. It also comes in six colors ranging from white to a bright purple.
Your tower garden needs a full coverage LED Indoor Grow Light to make sure all of your planters get the amount of light they need to thrive. A grow light fixture that hangs over all of your plants rather than individual grow bulbs is your best bet.
Without grow lights, you won’t be able to successfully grow your plants indoors. Although there are multiple options available, including florescent and incandescent, LED grow lights are the most effective. These full-spectrum LED lights are color optimized for plant growth. They contain the right amount of both red and blue lighting to allow your plants to achieve certain goals.
By using an LTD grow light, you give your plants the same things they would get from what they exposure to direct sunlight. This includes:
- Chlorophyll absorption
- Growth and development of strong roots
Indoor LED grow light fixtures are generally on the pricier side but are definitely worth it if you’re serious about setting up an indoor tower garden. A great example is the Active Grow T5 High Output LED Grow Light Fixture. This indoor LED grow light fixture is ideal for hydroponics and vertical racks, giving you up to 4 x 8-foot coverage, depending on the option you choose.
Now, if you’re looking for an indoor tower garden and lighting system all in one, we found a great option for you. Although it is a little pricey, if you have the money to spare and are serious about your desire for an indoor tower garden, then the Aerospring Indoor Hydroponic System could be the right fit. With this all-in-one grower’s system, you can grow up to 27 plants in 10 square feet plus it contains a full spectrum LED panel. This vertical garden has absolutely everything you need to grow your plants indoors or outdoors and is suitable to grow almost anything.
How Do I Grow Plants Without Soil?
While you can use soil in your indoor tower garden, it’s not absolutely necessary. As mentioned, vertical gardens are generally hydroponic systems. This means that you can grow your plants in either sand, soil, or liquid with added nutrients. As long as your plants are given the nutrients that it would have received from the soil, you’re good to go.
A great example of a hydroponic liquid solution would be the OceanSolution 2-0-3 Plant Food. This plant food provides all 90 of the macro, micro, trace, and ultra-trace mineral nutrients that your plants need to thrive and is a perfect soil supplement for your tower garden.
We hope we have given you some great inspiration when it comes to building an indoor tower garden. Although they do require some initial investment, you’re going to love the benefits of these compact, vertical garden designs.
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