Hydroponic systems allow you to grow plants without soil, using only water and nutrients. And the best part is, you can easily set up a DIY hydroponic system in your own home! In this blog post, we’ll show you 6 of the best DIY hydroponic systems for your home garden.
Wick Hydroponic System
The wick hydroponic system is one of the simplest DIY hydroponic systems to set up. All you need is a container, some growing medium, and a wicking material such as cotton rope or marine-grade vinyl tubing. Plants are placed in the container on top of the wicking material, and water and nutrients are absorbed by the plants through the wicks.
Deep Water Culture Hydroponic System
A deep water culture (DWC) system is another simple hydroponic system that is easy to set up at home. A DWC system consists of a tank of nutrient-rich water, with an air stone to provide oxygen to the roots. Plants are placed in net pots on top of the tank, and their roots hang down into the water. The roots are constantly oxygenated by the air stone, and they absorb water and nutrients from the tank.
Ebb and Flow Hydroponic System
The ebb and flow system is a little more complex than the previous two systems we’ve discussed. An ebb and flow system consists of a grow tray, a reservoir, pumps, tubing, and an overflow drain. Plants are placed in the grow tray, which periodically floods with nutrient-rich water from the reservoir. The overflow drain allows excess water to drain back into the reservoir, where it is recirculated by the pumps.
Drip Hydroponic System
A drip hydroponic system is similar to an ebb and flow system, but instead of flooding the grow tray with nutrient solution, it slowly drips onto the roots of the plants. A drip system consists of a grow tray, reservoir, pumps, tubing, emitters or drippers, and an overflow drain. Nutrient solution is pumped from the reservoir to the grow tray where it drips onto the roots of the plants before draining back into the reservoir through the overflow drain.
Nutrient Film Technology (NFT) Hydroponic System
Nutrient film technology (NFT) systems are similar to drip systems in that they use emitters or drippers to deliver nutrient solution to plant roots. However, instead of dripping onto plant roots that are sitting in a grow tray full of media, NFT systems use gravity to feed nutrient solution through a sloped growing channel. The root zone is constantly kept moist by a thin film of nutrient solution that flows down one side of the channel and back into the reservoir.
Hydroponics is a great way to garden if you don’t have space for a traditional garden, or if you want to grow plants all year round. There are many different types of hydroponic systems, but not all systems are created equal. In this blog post we’ve shown you 6 different types of DIY hydroponic systems that you can easily set up in your own home. So what are you waiting for? Get growing!