This might be news to some but watering your plants and misting them are two completely different things. Watering your plants is pouring water directly into your plant’s soil whilst misting is spraying water droplets around your plant. And they are both extremely and equally important when growing plants! Plants don’t just require water in their growth. Instead, they also require humidity. That’s what misting is for – it provides a slightly more humid surrounding for your plants. This is especially so for indoor plants. The humidity indoors can often be much lower, especially during winter. Therefore, it’s important to mist your plants.
When it comes to an Aeroponics, misting is even more important and crucial. After all, Aeroponics is essentially about nourishing and growing your plants by providing a nutrient-laden mist. This is the most essential component for your Aeroponic System being productive and useful. Therefore, having the best and appropriate mister is necessary for your plants. In this article, we will be discussing important features that you would want for your Aeroponic garden mister.
Firstly, you would want a nozzle that will allow you to create a fine mist. In other words, you would want your droplet size to be small. The point of misting isn’t to wet your plant. It’s to change the air humidity and quality around the plant. This is the same case for an Aeroponics set up. However, you would also want it to be fine enough for the plant to absorb the water and nutrients. This is important because too large a water droplet would deprive the plant’s roots of oxygen.
Of course, droplet size isn’t just dependent on the nozzle itself. The pump that pushes out the mist is highly important as well. A high air pressure pump is important for the mist to be aerosolized properly too. However, for the nozzle itself, you would also want one that doesn’t have too big or small a hole.
Angle of Spray
Secondly, the angle at which the mist will be sprayed is important too. In normal Aeroponic Systems, the mister is usually at the base of the system. This is because it needs to release and spray the mist up, towards the roots of the plants. For the nozzle, you would want to be careful with the angle that the mist will be released at. After all, you would want the mist to be distributed equally across all the plants and their roots. Therefore, you’d have to choose a nozzle that adequately covers this. Is the spread of the mist wide enough? Or is it too narrow? This is something to take into consideration to ensure that all your plants are able to thrive and grow in your Aeroponics Garden set up.
As sort of a summary for the first two features, you might want to find a nozzle that is adjustable. This allows you to have a variety of options for the above two features. By this, I mean that the nozzle should be one that you can adjust to change the droplet size or angle of the mist that you are spraying. For example, you might want a bigger droplet size at times, and having a nozzle that is able to adjust to a variety of sizes is great. Or, it can be difficult to find the exact droplet size for your plants. But, if you have an adjustable nozzle, you’d be able to constantly experiment with droplet sizes to see what suits your plants best. With a single-sized nozzle, you would not be able to do that. And instead, you would have to buy a variety of nozzles for your Aeroponics System instead.
The same goes for the angle of your mist spray. At times, you might not need as narrow or wide a spray. With an adjustable nozzle, you’d be able to tailor your mist to your liking. This allows you to truly control the growth of your plants.
Lastly, the material of your nozzle matters too. Most nozzles are plastic as this makes them affordable and hardy. Plastic is often a great choice for nozzles as they, unlike metal nozzles, will not rust with their constant exposure to water. However, they are less durable than metal and this could be a concern if you are using a high-pressure pump for your Aeroponics mister. There will, therefore, be a need for you to balance out hardiness against the cost. This is of course, all up to personal preference too.
Maintaining Your Nozzle
Your Aeroponics mister nozzles are being constantly used and hence, there is also a need for maintenance. This is not directly related to choosing an Aeroponics mister nozzle. However, it is important for the maintenance of said nozzles and the growth of your plants. With Aeroponics, the mist being sprayed out is not purely water. Instead, it’s a mixture of nutrients to ensure that your plants can thrive and grow. Therefore, there is a chance of bio-plaque build up happening within the nozzle. If this happens, the mist will not be dispersed as efficiently or correctly as you would want it. Instead, it could completely clog up and your plants might not receive the right nutrients and water for some time. Therefore, you should be careful to also regularly check and unclog your nozzles. This will further help to extend their usage too.
In conclusion, finding the right Aeroponics mister nozzle for your setup can be tricky. There are too many conditions to fulfill and finding the exact features might be difficult. Every gardener has a different experience with growing their plants and your experience may be different too. Your plants might need different conditions than the usual. In these cases, you would have to go by trial and error to find the exact nozzle that suits and meets your needs. With the technology of today, three-dimensional printing is also another option that you could consider too. This would allow you to truly create a nozzle that completely suits your needs.