The Aerospring is a low-pressure aeroponic system. Water is pumped up from the resevoir bucket through the vertical tower and showers the roots of the plants, delivering water, nutrients and oxygen.
The modular Hexbody sections are made of PC/ABS UV stabilized virgin plastic. The bucket and lid are made of virgin HDPE food grade plastic.
All materials are made of food grade virgin plastic and are rated to last for up to 5 years. The Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 pump includes 3+2 year manufacturer's warranty.
Our grow lights are estimated to last 70.000 hours under normal conditions.
Besides electricity, water, seeds and seedlings, everything is included in the box. After purchasing the system, you will need water, electricity and nutrients on an ongoing basis. Of course you will also need plants for growing. It is also good to have an EC and pH meter on hand to monitor the proper balance of nutrients and quality of your water.
Seasonality plays an important role in what you can grow, and when you can grow. Plant growth and development is entrained by the seasonal cycle. The growing season is that portion of the year in which local conditions (i.e. rainfall, temperature, daylight) permit normal plant growth. Understanding seasonality will help you be a more successful grower. Knowing when to plant and grow, and the relative position of your garden to sunlight, will be important factors to the success and productivity of your garden. Referring to the USDA plant hardiness guide is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.
Growing indoors allows you to control temperature and light. When growing indoors temperature will still need to be controlled in order for plants to grow properly.
Growers have found that they have very high yields in hydroponic/aeroponics systems. In fact, production increases 3 to 10 times in the same amount of space as a soil garden. Many crops can be produced twice as fast in a well managed hydroponic system.
When growing indoors, growing can be accelerated even more because you can control the light exposure, simulating longer days and shorter nights. You are also not beholden to climate issues such as rain, lack of sun, heat/cold.
It's best to place larger, fruiting plants such as cucumbers and tomatoes in the lowest tier of the Aerospring. Their roots grow large and long, so it's best to allow them to grow into the bucket so that they don't interfere with other plants. Other larger plants like eggplants, dwarf tomatoes and chilis are best grown mid-tier as their large leaf canopy may shade all the other plants. Leafy greens and herbs can be placed anywhere on the Aerospring at random.
It's best not to move an established fruiting or vining plant when it's productive, doing this may damage their tap root and kill the plant. But you can move herbs and leafy green plants around. Just be careful not to damage too much of their root structure when pulling them out and placing them back in.
Many plants, especially some fruiting plants, will send out a tap root and these roots should never be severed even if it's tempting to trim them back. Cutting these too early in the plant's development stage could kill the plant. You can however trim back some of the roots of herbs and leafy greens, just be careful not to overdo the trimming. You wouldn't trim the roots of soil plants so trimming those of hydroponic plants isn't neccessary.
Garden pests are a natural part of our ecosystem, and hydroponics/aeroponics will not elminate pests entirely. Ensure you spend a few minutes every couple of days inspecting outdoor plants for signs of infestation. Deal with them if they are present with an organic pesticide of your choosing ie. soap solution, pyrethrum etc.
If growing indoors, bugs will find it harder to get to the plants but care should be taken not to unwittingly introduce them or by adding an outdoor plant to the system. It's good practice to start your seedlings by germinating indoors in an uncontaminated area.
Yes, hydroponic/aeroponics systems require you to add nutrients to the water; unlike soil gardens where some nutrients are found in the soil. Your nutrient concentration in the tank is dependent on you water temperature. Maintain levels of EC 1.0-1.5 if your temperatures are between 25C-30C, maintain levels of EC 1.8-2.5 if your temperatures are between 18C-25C. These are guideline values only and can be adjusted to suit the majority of crops you are growing. You can optimise your nutrient levels based on the types of crops you grow.
Add nutrients when your EC levels fall below 1.0 uS/cm. We recommend that you add nutients in small amounts and then measure so as not to overfertilise.
EC is a measure of the salts in your water tank —that is, the level of nutrients in your system. EC gives you an idea of the quantity of available nutrients. A regular complete water change, no later than every 12 weeks, ensures balanced nutrient uptake for the plants.
pH is the measure of the acidity of a system and determines how plants and other organisms interact with different nutrients. We recommend maintaining your pH between 5.5 and 6.5, without changing more than .5 per day as drastic changes may shock plants. You can increase or decrease the pH using pH up or pH down solution respectively.
All plants fall under three categories: annuals; perinnials; biennials. These categories are based on their life-cycles, and will dictate when you can and should harvest. Annual plants should be harvested before they flower. Biennials should be harvested at the end of the first year before they flower and seed in the second year. Perennials can continue to grow for many seasons. When harvesting a complete plant, simply replace the harvested plant with a new seedling in the system.
All gardens need ample space and ventilation around them, whether outdoor or indoor. Ventilation brings in fresh air and CO2 to give plants what they need for photosynthesis. The sizes of our gardens are as follows:
- Outdoor Mini: 88cm (35”) tall x 58cm (23”) wide on parallel sides and 64cm (25”) corner to corner.
- Outdoor Standard: 160cm (63”) tall x 58cm (23”) wide on parallel sides and 64cm (25”) corner to corner.
- Outdoor Pro: 195cm (77”) tall x 58cm (23”) wide on parallel sides and 64cm (25”) corner to corner.
- Indoor: 194cm (77") tall, 78cm (31") wide on parallel sides and 86cm (34"’) corner to corner
It is recommended that you have 2-4 hours of direct sunlight daily in tropical climates, and 6-8 hours in temperate climates, for optimal growth.
The indoor system is best placed in rooms with ambient temperatures no warmer than 28 degrees Celsius or colder than 10 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate temperatures for outdoor systems will be dictated by the relative growing seasons.
You will need access to an electrical point to power the irrigation pump, lights (indoor only) and fan (indoor only). Our standard Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 comes with a 5m cable, 10m for EU markets, and 20ft the United States.
The outdoor system pump consumes 23W of energy. You can opt to keep it running 24/7 but all systems include a WiFi smart socket plug which allows you to schedule irrigation and reduce your energy consumption. The lights of the indoor system consume 138W of energy and are required to be on for 14-16 hours a day.
You will need a water source to fill the bucket reservoir initially, as well as to top up the water while growing. While it is handy to have a water source nearby, it is not essential to have one to operate the Aerospring. We recommend using a hose, but you can also use a regular bucket to fill the tank.
The outdoor system should take no longer than 15 minutes to set-up before filling with water. The indoor system should take 2-3 hours to assemble.
Yes, the systems are designed for an individual to set-up. You will received a detailed instruction manual that will walk you through the installation process.
If you have an extra set of hands it will make the installation quicker, but the system is designed to be assembled by one person.
Yes. Once the system is set-up and filled with water and nutrients, plants can be placed into the system immediately. It is not advised to germinate the plants directly into the system. Once the seedlings are 2"/5cm in height they are ready to be introduced into the system.
This will depend on your plant growth and types of plants you place in the system. As plants grow bigger, they will use more water and fruiting plants generally consume more water than leafy greens or herbs. We recommend checking the water on a weekly basis. At most you should add water every two weeks, and ensure the water level is near the top of the bucket reserviour.
Note that the pump will not work in a dry environment. If the pump runs dry it will damage the pump and void the manufacturer's warranty.
We recommend that the water is completely changed every three months. A complete reset is good practice in hydroponics. We also recommend repurposing the water for your soil plants as there are available nutrients that they can use.
We recommend cleaning the system twice a year for outdoors, and once a year for indoors. This can be done by removing the plants, dismantling the pole, and cleaning all parts with water and your preferred cleaning solution, e.g. soap, vinegar, etc. The Hexmodules are dishwasher safe.
Algae is a simple, plant-like aquatic organism that can grow in just about any aquatic environment. Because they are so similar to plants, they require the same basis for growth: sunlight, water, and nutrients. Algae gets into hydroponics systems through microscopic airborne spores and keeping a completely algae free hydroponics system is essentially impossible. Controlling algae growth should be paramount - don't leave any plant sites open and exposed to light, wipe any algae deposits that may form at the joins of the modules and wash/rinse rockwool that has heavy algae deposits on the surface of the rockwool cubes in cups.
We offer a 12 month manufacturer's defect warranty on all parts, and 24 months on LED grow lights. The Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 comes with a 3+2 manufacturer's warranty.
Manufacturer's defect covers any component of the Aerospring and we offer replacement parts.
Warranty covers all parts of the system that are defective at receipt or become defective over the course of 12 months of use.
Warranty on the pump excludes improper use ie. letting the pump run dry. It also doesn't cover rotor replacement in the pump and if the pump cord has been cut or modified. It is important to follow assembly instructions of the Aerospring carefully, damage to the lid can happen if modules have been overtightened which is also not covered.
You are required to bring in the defective component if located in Singapore. For overseas customers, submission of proof of defect with pictures is required. Shipping of the replacement part is not covered.
The Aerospring Wheelbase is optional. Having the wheelbase will help spin and move your Aerospring around so that it gets an even amounts of sunshine on all sides. Note that you won't be able to move the Aerospring around if you have a vining plant attached to a trellis.
Note that a wheelbase is included with all indoor systems.
Our preferred growing medium are Grodan Rockwool cubes, which are made of 100% basalt rock and are manufactured in the Netherlands. However, you can use any hydroponic medium of your choosing, they just need to fit our grow cups.
You can buy Grodan Rockwool from Amazon, your local nursery or other hydroponic gardening supply stores.
You system includes 9, 27 or 36 grow cups corresponding to the size of your system. When taken care of these should last for up to a year. You can purchase more grow cups from Aerospring.
Hexgrow Nutrients are available for sale to all Singapore based customers. If you are in the US, Europe, or elsewhere in Asia, you can buy hydroponic nutrients from Amazon, a gardening centre or other hydroponic gardening supply stores. We can provide brand recommendations for your market.
There are two types of nutrients a plant requires: macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are required in large amounts consisting of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, i.e. NPK, along with calcium, magnesium and sulphur. Whereas micronutrients are required in small amounts such as iron, manganese, copper, zinc, molybdenum and boron. Hydroponic nutrients are highly refined so as not to contain impurities that could harm hydroponically grown plants. Hydroponic nutrients are typically separated into A & B parts as some elements can fall out of solution if they are combined in concentration
A big difference between organic and inorganic fertilizers is the form of nitrogen. The nutrients in organic fertilizers are typically components of complex molecules like proteins that need to be broken down into their constituent elements before they are absorbed by plants. Because there is no soil to break down these proteins into usable nitrogen, employing organic fertilisers in a hydroponic system is frought with some complexity. Many organic nutrients are not fully soluble, and clog up systems with residual sediments. Furthermore, organic growing regimens involve the use of vast quantities of beneficial microbes, plus plenty of sugars (often in the form of thick, sticky molasses).
A week or two of putting all these insoluble, sticky substances into your system, and you could end up with thriving bacterial colonies feasting on thick layers of organic nutrients. Using organic nutrients in a hydroponic system is not impossible but needs to be carefully researched to ensure that plants don't suffer from deficiencies or create an organic mess in your system.
EC and pH measurements can be taken with a digital EC and pH meter respectively. You can also use Litmus paper to test the pH of your water. These can be found on Amazon and other suppliers of hydroponic supplies.
Adding nutrients to your water reservoir will increase the EC. Adding water, thus diluting your water, will decrease your EC.
Use pH up or pH down solution respectively. We recommend adding small amounts of the solution, ensuring that it is well mixed and then measuring again before adding more. These solutions can be found on Amazon, an aquarium store and other suppliers of hydroponic supplies.
If you have purchased an outdoor system and wish to upgrade the system for indoor use, you can purchase our indoor kit. The kit includes a wheelbase, tent frame, tent, grow lights, additional WiFi timer and fan. Note that the indoor kit will only accommodate 9 sections, or 27 plants.
You can increase your plant capacity by adding hexmodules. One hexmodule adds three plants. Note that the Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 (standard issue in the Outdoor Mini, Outdoor Standard, and Indoor) can only service 10 hexmodules. For 11-12 hexmodules we recommend upgrading to the Sicce Syncra Silent 2.0 to provide the extra lift to push the water to the higher points.
The indoor system should be placed in a room with sufficient ventilation. Rooms such as closets and attics are unsuitable as the plants need fresh air.
The indoor system is best placed in rooms with ambient temperatures no warmer than 28 degrees Celsius or colder than 10 degrees Celsius. The fan at the top of the tent will draw out warm air as well as provide some air circulation which is vital to plant growth.
The Aerospring grow tent blocks 95% of light emitted around the tent. The only light that escapes is through the fan vent at the top of the tent. We have designed the tent to reduce light seepage as much as possible to keep the area you place the system as dark as possible.
We recommend setting a long day lighting schedule of between 14-16 hours a day. You can choose to schedule the lights to be on during the day or at night.
Yes, you can germinate your own seeds, and we encourage you to do so. We have designed the Aerospring system to be open source, and only require our grow cups for system use.
GMO seeds are genetically modified seeds. The majority of these species contain genes that make them either tolerant to herbicides or resistant to insects and as of 2015, there are 26 plant crops that have been genetically modified for use in agriculture. These are typically broad acre crops such as corn, cotton, canola and soybeans. GMO seeds are often protected by intellectual property rules, meaning farmers must pledge not to save them and replant and are rarely available to the home vegetable gardener.
F1 hybrid seeds are grown and selectively bred through traditional, natural means. It is similar to a farmer breeding his two best meat pigs together to produce the best offspring for meat. It is important to know that F1 seeds cannot be used for seed saving. The seeds from the F1 plant will produce a plant like one of its parent plants, not the plant you saved the seed from.
OP(Open Pollinated) seeds generally refer to seeds that will breed true, meaning that when plants of an open-pollinated variety self-pollinate, or are pollinated by another representative of the same variety, the resulting seeds will produce plants roughly identical to their parents.
Organic seeds are produced by organic gardening/farming methods. These are the same procedures used to produce organic food. In order to be be certified organic, they must be produced by a certified organic operation.
If you are located in Singapore, you can purchase seedlings from Aerospring Gardens. You can also buy seedlings from your neighborhood nursery. Transfer the seedlings into the included rockwool and grow cups, and then they are ready to be transferred into the Aerospring system.
If the plants have been germinated in soil, ensure you wash and clean as much of the soil from the plants before inserting them into rockwool. It may even be prudent to sterilise the plant roots beforehand to prevent any pathogens from the soil entering the system. This is easily done by adding a few drops of Hydogen Peroxide to water and allowing the plant roots to sanitise in this water for a few hours.
Germination should be done indoors (especially in very hot or cold climates) and require a good amount of light. Germination can easily be done directly in the included rockwool cubes, vermiculite or similar mediums. Once the seedlings are around 2"/5cm tall with visible roots emerging from the rockwool, they are ready to be inserted into grow cups and transferred to the system.
The earliest examples of hydroponics date back to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Floating Gardens of China. Rice, a staple crop, have always been grown hydroponically. Modern hydroponics is credited to William Frederick Gericke at the University of California at Berkeley, who in 1929 created a sensation by growing tomato vines 7.6 metres high in his back yard in mineral nutrient solutions rather than soil. Simply put, hydroponics is the practice of growing plants using only water, nutrients, and a growing medium. Hailed for its ability to conserve water, it is seen by many as the future of farming. Hydroponics uses much less water than conventional soil farming because it can be recirculated. It allows for the unused water to be recycled back into the reservoir, ready for use in the future. In dry and arid areas, this is a massive benefit.
Aeroponics is a sub-set of hydroponics and differs from conventional hydroponics and aquaponics. Rather than the roots sitting in water as with hydroponics, with aeroponics the roots are showered with water at regular intervals, like a waterfall. The water falls back into the tank and continues recirculating. Aerospring uses a low-pressure water system, which allows for easier maintenance and lower costs than high-pressure aeroponic systems.
It all depends on your growing conditions (temperate or tropical). The only thing you cannot grow in the system are root vegetables and fruit/vegetables that grow on trees. The best thing to grow on an Aerospring are herbs, salads, leafy greens and some vegetable varieties eg. cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins and melons. If you are growing outdoors, always plant varieties that suit your growing environment eg. iceberg lettuce won't germinate or grow in tropical climates.
The Aerospring allows for high-density planting and makes harvesting so much easier, and growers find that they have very high yields. In fact, production increases 3 to 10 times in the same amount of space as a soil garden. Many crops can be produced twice as fast in a well managed hydroponic system. When growing indoors, growing can be accelerated even more because you can control the light exposure, simulating longer days and shorter nights.
In order to grow organically, you NEED soil. Organic fertilizers must have soil to convert materials into the required nutrients a plant needs. To be considered organic, plants cannot be nourished with mineral salts or any other refined substances, even if they are higher in purity than most organic fertilizers. Most of the mineral elements used in hydroponics begin as mined rock or mineral deposits, which are as natural as the earth itself. It’s important to note that it is not the elements that are different in organic and hydroponic growing; it is how these elements are obtained and delivered to the plant.