Category Archives: Hydroponic Systems

Grow Room Glasses, Are They Really Needed?

grow room glasses

I can bet that grow room glasses are not at the top of anyone’s shopping list when putting together their grow room, though they probably should be. [...] 

Simple Guide To Indoor Grow Light Spectrum & Color Temperature

Choosing the correct light spectrum is one of the 3 main basics of plant lighting. Sunlight and various other types of light that we see is actually made up of several different colors. For indoor gardens, it’s important to provide the proper spectrum during the right stage for best growth. [...] 

Vertical Hydroponic Tower Gardening

Vertical Hydroponic Tower Gardening

Vertical hydroponic tower gardening is just one of many different methods of hydroponic gardening.  Going vertical can utilize unused ceiling space always your to grow more per square foot. This can be especially important when looking at saving money on building your system and increasing profitability if you’re looking to sell your product. [...] 

A Grow Light Mover Rail Will Solve Your Lighting Issues

Lights are one of the most important parts of your hydroponic system. They can also be one of the most expensive parts. Skimping on quality lighting is not a good idea, you don’t want to sacrifice quality. [...] 

Automatic Siphons Used In Hydroponic Ebb And Flow Systems

The ebb and flow method of hydroponic gardening works by flooding the grow bed over an extended period of time, then quickly draining all the water. You can hook up a timer to the water pump to turn it on and off in intervals or run the pump continuously and set up an automatic siphon to drain the grow bed once the water level reaches the desired height. [...] 

5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Hydroponic System

Buying a hydroponic system is a fun process, but it’s important to know what you’re looking for. There are many different types of hydroponic systems that use different methods, have more features or work better for growing certain plants. [...] 

How Much Does A Hydroponic System Cost?

Hydroponic systems for every budget

When it comes to starting hydroponic gardening as a hobby, the question I get asked the most is how much do hydroponic systems cost. The best answer, is as much as you want to spend. While you could save a little money and build your own, it’s often times more convenient, and more maybe more affordable, to just purchase a hydroponic system instead of tracking down the different parts and supplies. [...] 

8 Benefits Garden Fans Bring To An Indoor Garden

8 benefits garden fans bring to your indoor garden

Many people think garden fans are just used to cool down indoor gardens. In nature, the wind is actually essential for healthy plant growth. Having a fan in your indoor garden provides many benefits. Here are 8 benefits garden fans bring to an indoor garden. [...] 

Different Types of Grow Lights For Hydroponic Gardens

Different types of grow lights for hydroponics

Choosing the right grow light for your hydroponic garden is an important decision. Not all lighting is the same. There are several factors that come into play when choosing which grow light will work for best for the garden you’re growing. [...] 

Hydroton Expanded Clay Pebbles

hydroton expanded clay

What Are Hydroton Expanded Clay Pebbles?

Hydroton is a brand name that is interchangeably used with expanded clay and clay pebbles. It’s one of the most popular grow mediums used by hydroponic gardeners. Hydroton expanded clay pebbles come from mined clay that is heated in a kiln to over 2000 degrees. This causes the material to expand like popcorn making it light and porous.  Hydroton expanded clay pebbles are lightweight and can come in circular ball shapes varying in sizes. Hydroton doesn’t compact and since it’s porous, allows for excellent water and airflow. [...] 

How To Build A 5 Gallon Hydroponic Bucket

Deep Water culture

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. [...] 

The 3 Basics of Plant Lighting

3 Basics Of Plant Lighting

While gardening indoors brings its many advantages, it also requires finding a light source for your garden. Not all plant lighting is same, as they can come in different intensity and spectrum’s that plants need at certain stages of their growth. Here are the 3 basics of plant lighting for a hydroponic garden: [...] 

Picking A Hydroponic Reservoir

hydroponic reservoir

 Finding the right hydroponic reservoir is only as hard as you make it.  You don’t have to go out and spend a bunch of money on reservoir. In fact, you may already have a few items around your house that you could make into a hydroponic reservoir.  When selecting a hydroponic reservoir you want to keep in mind how much water will be need to circulate through your entire system while leaving enough water to keep your water pump submerged. The larger the reservoir you use, the more hydroponic nutrient solution you will need to use. If you buy a reservoir built specifically for hydroponics it will probably have a drain, but it if you not I recommend adding a drain to the reservoir you want to use. [...] 

How To Make A Drain For Your Hydroponic Reservoir

How To Make A Hydroponic Reservoir Drain

Something that I noticed when shopping for hydroponic reservoirs is that many lacked drains. For the price and lack of features, I’ve decided to use repurposed items for reservoirs, saving me money and allowing for customizations. One thing I do is add a drain to all of my hydroponic reservoirs. I do this for a couple of reasons. [...] 

Using Rockwool For Seed Germination

preparing rockwool

Rockwool is a popular starter medium that has been used a long time with hydroponics. Smaller rockwool cubes are used for cuttings or seed germination and then transplanted into hydroponic systems. Larger cubes or slabs can be used to grow larger plants. It works well as a grow medium because it’s great at both maintaining moisture and allowing air to the roots. Rockwool is not pH balanced and will need to be adjusted before getting started. [...]