Soil is not part of our growing world. Most plants we start from seed right in the rockwool (for more on starting plants from seeds refer to this article). Sometimes, however, there are plants already started in soil, like the strawberries we recently acquired. So is it possible to take plants started in soil and transplant them into rockwool for use in an AERO aeroponic system?
And the answer is Yes!
Here are a few simple steps to transfer a soil-based plant to a plant ready to grow in an aeroponic system.
1 – Wash all of the soil off of the plant roots.
Strawberry plant in soil Washing the soil away from the strawberry plant roots Soil cleaned off the strawberry plant roots
2 – Take a rockwool square and cut it in half.
Rockwool cut in half
3 – Place the soil-free plant in between the two rockwool halves. Allow the roots to hang free as the rockwool halves reform a square.
Putting the soil-free strawberry plant in rockwool
4- Carefully slide the hanging roots into a grow cup until the rockwool square is securely fit into the grow cup.
Placing the rockwool and strawberry plant in an AERO Mobile Garden
5 – Begin growing!
This process will work for most plants started in soil. The plant should not be too mature before making the conversion from soil to rockwool, as the roots will be difficult to fit into the aeroponic grow cup on an AERO unit. Strawberries, in particular, are hard to start from seeds, so buying a small plant might be preferred.
Now I’m hungry for strawberries!