One of the ten most frequently asked questions I am asked when it comes to growing a Tower Garden is “Can I grow _____ in a Tower Garden? ” You can fill in the blank with whatever you like. The official answer is “you can grow anything that grows above the ground, along as it isn’t a tree, bush or grapevine.” So no apples, stone fruits or bananas (trees), blueberries, blackberries, raspberries (bushes) or grapes (grapevine). This list is not exhaustive, by any means, but it gives you a good idea. “Can I?” is very different to “Should I?”
Can I or Should I?
Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should. Always remember that!
Can I grow a ______ in the Tower Garden HOME?
You fill in the blank, and as long as the crop grows above the ground and it isn’t a bush, tree or grapevine then YES, you can grow it in either Tower Garden. It’s not the model of the Tower Garden (FLEX or HOME) that restricts what you can grow in them. It’s the lighting, space and your knowledge, experience and patience that dictate what you grow.
Can I grow _____ on an inside Tower Garden?
Fill in the blank with whatever large fruiting crop you like. This is where it gets a little more complicated.
- First, fruiting crops require both blue and red light spectrum, and you don’t get both from the LED grow lights.
- Second, 99% of fruiting crops also require pollination so you will have to “be the bee”. It’s straight forward enough, you just need to be aware of this and take it into consideration.
- Third, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, melons and others can grow very large. Their vines can be 6ft or longer. Now, every leaf on every vine needs light. If your vine is growing across the ground and you have Tower LEDs some of these leaves are not going to be getting enough light. Remember the LED lights need to be within about 12 inches of the leaves.
- What if you use the cage? Let’s say you are growing a mixture of lettuce and herbs and you have cucumbers that are climbing all over the cage. The cucumbers are going to shade and effectively choke the lettuce, greens and other small crops that are not growing out to the cage.