Hydroponic Systems and Kits
Hydroponics means to grow without soil, providing the valuable nutrients that would normally be present in the soil by using water instead. Mineral nutrient solutions in water are delivered to the plants’ roots either directly or via an inert medium or substrate. Hydroponic systems come in various types to fit your specific needs and preferences, with each technique having advantages and benefits. We carry complete hydroponics kits for every budget and skill level.
An aeroponic system provides nutrients to roots continuously in an environment saturated with a nutrient solution using a mist or fine droplets. With no substrate, the roots are left to grow suspended in nutrient-saturated air, which provides all the oxygen and CO2 the roots need.
Deep Water Culture (DWC)
In a deep water culture, plant roots are suspended in a solution of nutrient-rich, oxygenated water in a reservoir. The solution is saturated with oxygen by use of an air pump and airstone or diffuser that emits oxygen-rich bubbles. DWC is excellent for those just starting out, since it's the simplest method of growing in a hydro system.
Ebb and Flow or Flood and Drain
An ebb-and-flow method works by flooding the grow area with the nutrient solution at specific intervals, then draining it back into a reservoir containing the pump on a timer. This type of flood-and-drain hydroponics system is ideal for plants that are used to alternating periods of dryness and wet.
Top Feed, Drip Systems
A slow feed or drip of nutrient solution is provided to the chosen substrate or medium, then slowly drained back to a reservoir. The solution is pumped back up in a continuous cycle. A complete drip system would typically use both a water/nutrient pump along with an air pump to help oxygenate the solution in the reservoir. See all Top Feed Systems.
Fish + Plants = aquaponics. An aquaponics system combines hydroponics with aquaculture, such as fish, crayfish, snails, etc. The nutrients come from the byproducts these living organisms provide. Water circulates from one system to the other, benefiting from both processes.
Grow Box / Closet Systems
Growing in tight spaces or discretely requires a well-designed and compact system providing all the basics, from light to airflow and the hydroponic system itself. Often these closed systems provide for full environmental control.
These days hydroponics systems come in all shapes and sizes including grow box systems. Here at Growershouse we provide complete hydroponic kits as well as just the right parts and pieces you need for your own hydro systems.