What do you need for a hydroponic setup?Are they hard to build? Is it easy to find the materials?Do you need specific technical expertise?How creative can you be?
It’s quite straightforward.You need a container, an air pump, a water pump and a bunch of hose.All of these things are easy to buy.They’re simple to hook up. You can be as creative and complex as you like.
The container comes first.There are three ways to set it up.You can have the whole set up in one water-tight holder.You can use a two container system, with a reservoir and a plant holding container.Or you can use multiple containers – a reservoir and several plant pots.
In the single container system the reservoir and plant holding container are combined.You put the water/nutrient mix in the reservoir, and then pump it over the plant.Once pumped to the top the solution flows over the plant roots and then flows back to the reservoir.The hardware, pump, air pump and hoses, are right in the bottom of the same container.It is as small and simple as you can get.The problems crop up when it comes time to service the pumps, or if the roots grow into them, or you need to change the solution.
The two container approach needs more room.But, servicing the pumps and hoses or changing the solution is much easier. It’s also good to keep the roots away from the pump.Most important you can access the hardware without moving the plants.
A bigger system has one reservoir that supplies many plants.With this set up you don’t have to move any plants to change or test the solution or get to the pumps. If you have room it’s a good system.
One, two or multiple containers is your decision. There are pros and cons with all of them. Whatever you choose, don’t waste any time – get started now.