What grows well in a Tower Garden starts with the light, the climate conditions, the quality of the seeds and seedlings, and ongoing maintenance.
Of course, when wondering what grows well with a Tower Garden, people want to know what type of crops perform best! However, regardless of what is being planted on an aeroponic tower, the success of harvests will depend on many factors aside from the crop variety.
At Agrotonomy, sometimes, with humor, we consider our Tower Farm as an “aeroponic tower lab”: we are continually testing new crops, new planting & pruning strategies, growing new plants from seeds and cuttings, etc. We are in a constant experimental mode!
We have tested successfully close to over 200 different crop varieties indoors and outdoors! Based on our experience, regarding crop options, we advise as follows:
Leafy Greens & Lettuce
Tower Garden & Tower Farms produce superior results regarding crop yield and nutrient density when it comes to leafy greens (chard, kale, spinach, etc.), lettuces of all kind, and aromatic herbs.
This is why most Tower Farmers mainly focus on such plants from a farming profitability perspective. In other terms, whether for personal use or for a commercial Tower Farm, leafy greens, lettuces, and aromatic herbs should be on top of the list!
Fruiting Vegetables on a Tower Garden
Fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, chili peppers, squashes, and cucumbers ) grow exceptionally well on Tower Garden as well. However, in most cases, the use of a grow cage or an outside structure is required to support the weight of the fruits. Although we recommend planting fruiting vegetables on a Tower Garden for personal use, we advise against such crops for Tower Farm aiming at profits. The same applies to all bean varieties.
Cruciferous Vegetables on a Tower Garden
Cruciferous ( cabbages, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli…) grow extremely well on a Tower Garden… most of the time they grow so well that plants become too big for the towers. In most cases, a serious planning for a support structure is required. Cruciferous are not recommended for commercial Tower Farms.
Melons & Watermelons on a Tower Garden
Melons and watermelons grow well and produce impressive vines. However, we only recommend growing melons as an experiment because they generally give inferior results regarding sweetness and crop yield in comparison to melons grown in the soil.
Strawberries on a Tower Garden
Strawberries take a long time to grow from seed to fruit but are well worth the wait! Although no one is yet growing strawberries commercially in a Tower Farm, we advise growing strawberries using Tower Garden aeroponic systems for everyone! Strawberries will give bountiful harvests. Aside from looking impressive when growing vertically on a tower, strawberries grown aeroponically on the Tower Garden are superiorly sweet and juicy!
Cannabis (Marijuana) on a Tower Garden
Although cannabis is a controversial and illegal crop to grow in most parts of the world, if you are located in a country or in a jurisdiction where growing marijuana is authorized by law, your aeroponic tower will allow you to grow vibrant plants and will give you generous harvests. Whether you are interested to grow regular plants or just clones, growing marijuana vertically is convenient and very cost-efficient in terms of nutrients (compared to growing cannabis in the soil).
When well strategized, using a Tower garden as an aeroponic system to grow cannabis is truly a viable option. This only applies once again for individuals living in a jurisdiction where growing cannabis is permitted by law whether for recreational or medicinal use.
Flowers (Edible & Decorative) on a Tower Garden
Flowers (edible and decorative) grow effortlessly and generously using Tower Garden technology.
In our Tower Farm, we mainly focus on edible flowers but also on flowers that are insect/pest repellant. When growing flowers on a Tower Garden, such tower becomes a “bee magnet”…
Towers full of flowers are perfect for building atriums and lobbies, balconies, Tower Farms etc. Of course, if you only have one tower, you can grow fruits, vegetables and flowers all at the same time!
There are virtually hundreds of different crops to choose from when considering using an aeroponic tower system.
On our blog and YouTube channel, we give many recommendations concerning what grows well on a Tower Garden…