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What Can You Grow with Agrow Cube?

Because it combines hydroponics  with  an insulated box , Agrow Cube has the capacity to grow all year round and bring fresh food to the table even during the coldest months of winter. You might think that with the lack of soil and limited space there are limited options for growing, but you can grow a wide variety of plants inside an Agrow Cube.

The first box design, currently available, is set up to grow lettuces, herbs, and other leafy greens. The second and third box designs, coming soon, will grow strawberries and tomatoes and peppers, respectively.  Agrow Cube enables you to add fresh, local produce with great nutritional value, whether you are creating salads for students in your school district or adding aromatics to a meal at your restaurant. No matter where you are, plants are always useful when cooking.

Not only can you grow produce year round with Agrow Cube, but they also grow faster than using traditional farming methods. Here are some of the plants we’ve grown in our Agrow Cube. The following photos of the plans were taken exactly four weeks after we first planted the seeds in the rockwool cubes.

Arugula

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Buttercrunch

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Royal Red

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Salad mix

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Thyme

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We’ve also planted other plants such as basil, parsley, kale, cilantro, iceberg lettuce, cabbage, spinach, radishes, oregano, mint, and even flowers such as impatiens.

Impatiens

blooming white impatiens in a hydroponics system

You can also check out our latest blog post about the difference between hydroponics and aquaponics.

To learn more about Agrow Cube, visit our website www.agrowcube.com, email info@agrowcube.com, or call (800) 356-8351.

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What is the difference between aquaponics and hydroponics?

We regularly talk about the benefits of farming with hydroponics (for example, faster plant growth and year round growing ). We often get questions about the differences between hydroponics and aquaponics, the two main farming methods that use water without soil.

Hydroponics is a farming method that relies on plants growing in nutrient-rich water instead of in soil. In our Agrow Cube, we use the nutrient film technique, where a continued flow of nutrient-rich water flows across the plant roots.

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An employee connects the water tank to the pipes. Each hole in the pipes represents a spot for a plant to grow.

Aquaponics is very similar to hydroponics; it is still a water-based farming method, where water runs over the roots of the plants to bring all the necessary nutrients. The only difference between aquaponics and hydroponics is that in aquaponics, you do not add nutrients to the water. Instead, there are live fish in the water tank! The fish waste produces the nutrients the plants need, making a sustainable ecosystem. The nutrient-rich water that results from the fish provides the plants with a natural fertilizer, and the plants purify the water for the fish. Together, the fish and the plants create an efficient system.

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In aquaponics, plants take their nutrients from fish waste.

Therefore, the main difference between hydroponics and aquaponics is the presence of fish in the water tank. Hydroponics doesn’t use fish, but required nutrients are added to the water; aquaponics use fish to naturally provide nutrients to the plants.

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In both hydroponics and aquaponics, the water is running under the roots of the plants, through the different pipes in the Agrow Cube.

We use a hydroponics system inside the standard Agrow Cube, but have an aquaponics system inside the test box set up at our headquarters. Agrow Cube’s hydroponics system has shown great results with strong plant growth that is faster than traditional farming. Agrow Cube brings a steady supply of food all year round by combining hydroponics with our insulated box.  For more information about year round farming with Agrow Cube, visit our related post. 

To learn more about Agrow Cube, visit our website www.agrowcube.com, email info@agrowcube.com, or call today at (800) 356-8351.

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9 facts about Agrow Cube!

Learn more about Agrow Cube, the new self-contained agriculture system, with nine interesting facts!

1. 2000 cubic feet!

A standard 10’ x 20’ Agrow Cube is a closed system with 2000 cubic feet of space inside. It is small enough to fit in most places, such as crowded urban areas, in the back alley of a restaurant, or on school premises, but provides you with plenty of room to grow.

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Agrow Cube is small enough to fit most places.
2. 1000 plants!

You can grow up to 1000 plants at a time in the Agrow Cube despite the small size! Agrow Cube uses vertical farming to grow more plants in a small space.

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A variety of seedlings is ready to be transplanted into the grow tubes.
3. 68 degrees F all year round!

Agrow Cube is an insulated box, which means the temperature stays the same all year round, and is not affected by summer or winter. The best temperature to grow plants such as lettuce and herbs is 68 degrees, and with Agrow Cube, you can maintain that perfect growing temperature all year long.

4. No soil!

Plants don’t need soil to grow! They only need water, oxygen, and sunlight. Agrow Cube provides all those elements in a hydroponics farming system.

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Plants in clay pebbles to provide support for their growth and permit water circulation.
5. Environmental friendly!

Because there is no soil, and it is a closed system, pests aren’t an issue unless you bring them inside. There’s no need for pesticides even if you do! Simply use environmentally friendly organic means of removal. Agrow Cube can also be powered by a solar power system. However you power your Agrow Cube, you’ll have an environmentally friendly space to grow plants all year long.

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The red basil is ready to be harvested after growing hydroponically!
6. Less water!

Agrow Cube is a closed loop water system, and water recirculates through the tubes and the water tank. There is no water run-off, and therefore no water wasted! Though hydroponics is a water-based farming system, it uses less water than traditional soil farming. The Agrow Cube uses around 110 gallons of water a month!

7. No nitrogen run-off!

Because there is no water runoff with Agrow Cube, there is no wastewater to contaminate the water table with pesticides or fertilizers. Traditional soil farming can release nitrogen and phosphorous and contribute to nutrient pollution in local water sources. Not with Agrow Cube!

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The water recirculates through the tubes, there is no water lost to runoff.
8. Faster growth

Agrow Cube gives you control over light, water, nutrients, and temperature, enabling you to supercharge plant growth. Plants grow faster in a hydroponics system like the one in Agrow Cube.

9. Low electricity use!

Because Agrow Cube uses an energy efficient heating and cooling system and LED lights for plant growth, it uses minimum electricity each month.

Agrow Cube is a new efficient agriculture product to provide a steady supply of food all year long! To learn more about Agrow Cube, visit our website www.agrowcube.com or call us today at (800) 356-8351.

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