The aponix vertical barrel is a growing device that can use an existing nutrient cycle, either hydroponic (using liquid mineral fertilizer) or aquaponic (using fish, organic fertilizer) much like a normal NFT. A barrel can be assembled using a few compact elements without requiring additional fixed table or rack structures – giving you versatility, mobility and scalability. The available vertical space in your growing area determines the number of grow spaces a barrel can provide, opening the window for smaller cultivation areas to also become profitable urban micro farms. One barrel has a diameter of 57 centimeters and requires 1 square meter of flat space. For each 15 centimeters of added height 12 additional grow spaces are provided as 2 inch net pot inserts. Height is unlimited.
Ready to ship!
The series production of the 2. generation of our barrel parts is now up and running and we are ready to ship the production version! This includes the standing base, the new lids and the two 2-inch net pot adapter parts to grow lettuce and herbs.
- Detailed information like metrics in our FAQ section.
- Integration examples, setup sketches.
- The construction manual with details on how to set things up.
- Check out the article in the URBAN AG NEWS – Aponix extended the NFT idea into the 3rd dimension with their vertical barrel
The aponix vertical barrels are especially suited to grow herbs and lettuces in high density urban farming situations (>60 pieces per sqm, see setup in our top slideshow rendering). The parts provide a means to assemble barrel corpusses (=grow spaces) easily and quickly in your production environment. After harvesting the ring segments can be power washed easily, re-stacked and replanted immediately.
Plants get their nutrients from drip irrigation generated by one sprinkler inside each of your barrels connected to a pressure line delivering the nutrients – converting each barrel into a giant vertical 3D-NFT.
In 2017 there will be more adapters for bigger plants and also a soil-based barrel.