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 growing areas. 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.
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.