How To Build A 5 Gallon Hydroponic Bucket

The 5 gallon hydroponic bucket may be the most simple hydroponic systems both to make and take care of. I like to use my 5 gallon hydroponic bucket systems for those plants that produce a lot of fruit, need a lot of water and/ or get big. I usually use hydroponic buckets when growing like tomatoes, watermelons, cucumbers and pumpkins, and they grow big! Why does the deep water culture hydroponics work so well? The plant roots are suspended in the nutrient rich water that is pumped full of oxygen, giving the plant what it needs. Instead of using energy to expand the root system in search of water and nutrients, the plants can instead focus all that energy on the production in growth and on its fruits.

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Making a  5 Gallon Hydroponic Bucket

The 5 gallon hydroponic bucket is extremely easy to make! You probably already have many of the supplies around your house. Here is a list of materials I used to make my hydroponic bucket system:hydroponic bucket

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Bucket lid and net pot ( You can purchase net pot bucket lids)
  • Grow medium
  • Aquarium pump
  • Air hose
  • Air stone
  • Check valve

If you don’t have a hydroponic net pot bucket lid then you can make one by cutting a hole in the bucket lid and using a smaller net pot. You can make your own but when the plant gets big a wobbly net pot is a headache. I would recommend filling your bucket with heavier grow medium, like river rock, to keep it upright if growing larger plants. Fill your hydroponic bucket with water and mix your hydroponic nutrient solution.

Hook up the air stone to the air tube and place the check valve on the end before connecting to the air pump. The check valve will stop water from coming into your air pump. Place the air stone in the nutrient solution, the bucket or net pot lid on the unit and it’s ready to go. A reservoir drain can also be added to the hydroponic bucket for easier water changes.

Deep water culture hydroponic systems can be made it reservoirs bother larger and smaller than a 5 gallon bucket. Air stones and pumps come in varying sizes means there are endless ways that you can make a simple hydroponic system!


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