Learn to make your own homemade hydroponics system to grow virtually any plant, vegetable and fruit without soil.
Whatever you're growing, one question will undoubtedly arise rather sooner than later: What hydroponic growing systems should I be using to maximize the efficiency of my plants' growth? I picked 4 major hydroponic grow systems, including the ebb and flow, water culture, continuous drip and aeroponic and I will point out their good and bad characteristics in the following article.
One of the first choices you'll have to make in your life as a hydroponic gardener is settling in on the system that you're going to use to grow your plants in. In the past, due to lack of information and a lot of hype and myths surrounding each system, people had to rely on a trial and error kind of decision making process. What I'm going to do in this article is cover 4 of the most common types of hydroponic growing systems of today, pointing out their pros and cons and I'll let you decide which is best and spare you the trying out of each of them. The hydroponic grow systems that will be covered are the ebb and flow, the water culture, the continuous drip and the aeroponic system.
Water culture hydroponic systems work on a pretty easy to understand principle: your plants will be suspended atop a nutrient container, with their roots buried in the nutrient solution that's filling the container. A pump and air stone oxygenize the container to keep the roots healthy.
Ebb and flow systems work on the principle of flooding the plants' roots with water for a short period of time, then draining the water back to the nutrient container, literally recycling it.
The continuous drip system works essentially like an ebb and flow, with the major difference that the water and nutrients are not sent in the plant tray through flooding, but a more controlled dripping mechanism.
Although they use a slightly different technology, aeroponic systems are usually considered hydroponic growing systems and are categorized as such by gardeners. Most aeroponic systems will substitute watery nutrient substances with feeding the plant's roots with a nutrient mist formed out of vaporized solution that can be more effective in getting to your plant.