Aquponics Plants require the same general principles as plants grown in the dirt. In other words, don’t plant your cold crops in the middle of the sweltering heat. Don’t plant your eggplant and tomatoes in the middle of the winter. Of course, that is unless you have them planted in a greenhouse or indoors. That changes everything. Really though, if planting outside, just use the same general rules that you would do when planting a conventional garden. Below is a planting guide from LSU, listing the crops and planting times for Louisiana. If you are in a different state, you should be able to obtain this from your local extension office. Here is a listing of crops that have been found to work well in an aquaponics raft systems. Remember though, that this is really dependent on your local climate and conditions. As with all gardening, trial and error is the best judge of what works.
Aquaponics Plants Suitable for Raft Growing System
Please remember that plants that need trellising in your garden will also need trellising in your aqupaonics system. Please place these plants to the Northern side of the system where they will not block the sun from the other plants.
Carrots (prefer the round varieties)
Edible Flowers – Nasturtium, Marigolds (please check your specific variety)
Non Edible Flowers – Asters, Bachelors Buttons, Statice, Baby’s Breath