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Plants To Use In Aquaponics

The other big part of aquaponics is growing plants. This is where you’ll be able to put your green thumb to use. I’ve stressed it time and time again throughout this book; aquaponics gives you the freshest healthiest organic vegetables you can get. A Canadian researcher by the name of Dr. Nick Savidov proved that aquaponics gives greater production than hydroponics.

The debate between aquaponics and soil based farming has been debated back and forth but many studies have shown that aquaponics is as good if not better than gardening with soil.

As far as picking the type of plants you will be growing, the choices are endless. This is what makes aquaponics stand out so much and why so many people are getting into it. Practically any vegetable that you like can be grown through aquaponics organically. Some popular choices for growing plants include:

-  Beans
-  Eggplant
-  Beets
- Celery
- Thyme
- Kale
- Basil
- Tomatoes
- Chokos
- Coriander
- Bok choi
- Parsley
- Cucumbers
- Corn
- Carrots
- Peas
- Cabbage
- Onions
- Potatoes

And this is an extremely short list of what you can grow. If you can grow a plant through hydroponics, chances are you can grow them through aquaponics as well. Some popular choices for people just starting out are leafy vegetables and herbs. They are easy to maintain and grow. They fit perfectly into an aquaponics environment.

This is another one of those areas where I would encourage you to experiment and try some different things out. Don’t feel like you have to be limited to just salad greens or the items in the list above. Try out anything you can think of and see if it works. You can really have some fun with planting your vegetables.

With aquaponics, you’re able to have your plants out in hot water and still get a great supply of water through the cycling process. Unlike soil based gardening, plants grown with aquaponics don’t have their roots submerged underground where water is soaked up quickly in the heat. You don’t have to worry about providing extra water to your plants because the plants are being watered continuously in your self-sustaining system.

With aquaponics you have the ability to continuously change and alter your setup on the go. There are several things you can do to help your plants grow better if problems occur. For example, if you notice you’re not producing enough nitrate, you can use some worm tea to help add nutrients. Feel free to make proper adjustments and alter things to get optimal results. Performing diagnostics on your system can be a bit difficult if you’re new to aquaponics or gardening. Luckily this is one of the areas where the strong aquaponics community can be extremely helpful. Explaining your issues on forums will likely get you solutions to your issues.


11 Responses to Plants To Use In Aquaponics

  • QUESTION: Are you aware of anyone growing fruits in this way? I'm thinking of melons, berries, even small stone fruit or citrus trees.

  • Are you aware whether anyone has tried growing fruits in this way? I'm thinking of melons, berries, perhaps stone fruits (nectarines, peaches) or citrus. ?? Thanks!

  • Hey Henry,regarding fruits, yes, many folks have tried fruits in these systems. However, stone fruits and other fruits that typically grow on trees aren't really common simply because they take so long to mature. That's not to say they won't work, they just take up a lot of valuable real estate.

    Fruits like blueberries grow great in AP systems- especially when the pH is down around 6.0, and other bush-berries also grow pretty well. You do want indeterminate crops though or in the case of strawberries, day-neutral varieties. Melons also grow very well. We've grown some tremendous melons in our systems- the easy access to water leads to very large, very fast growing melons!

  • I'm brand new to aquaponics information and am very interested. Could you tell me the name of the book(s) you've written on it, as I'd love to have in in my "library." Keep up your dissemination of information--I'm sure you have many interested followers!! Me, for one!

    • Hi Trish,

      The only book on aquaponics I wrote so far is "Backyard Liberty"
      You can order it here:

      I hope you'll find everything you need there. If you have questions, please send me an email at and I'll try to answer as soon as possible.


  • Alec, I deeply appreciate your commitment to 'common man' in your presentation of information regarding the oppression of the powers that be. I am also a strong proponent of self sufficiency thinking and congratulate you on your offering of this aquaponics system information offering. Keep up the great work you are doing.

  • I am really interested in trying this out, but my concern is my climate. I live at elevation in the mountains and it snows in winter and everything will freeze. What are your recommendations to overcome this? A green house with heat? That sounds like quite a financial commitment if I have to get all fancy with a room to hold it all... bummed :-(

  • Hi David,

    If you have lower to extreme temperatures you'll most likely need a heated green house..and your energy costs will increase. Building it indoor is a solution though.

  • I live in central PA and have purchased all the equipment to start but postponed it due to our winters. Heating a hoop house or doing it indoors just seems unsustainable and risky. I've done some research and I think the best option is a Walapini. Let the earth and the sun do the heating for you. Will let you know how it turns out late winter or early spring.

  • I live in Northeast Mississippi. We have mild winters except this January of 2014 we have been down to single digits 3 times. USDA hardiness zone is 7b so we are not normally this cold. I am very interested in aquaponics. Being as retired Horticulturist, I am familiar with hydroponics. I'm going to order the Backyard Liberty program. Thanks for this crucial life saving info.


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