The use of hydroponics kits is becoming a popular soilless gardening solution these days. That is because the number of commercial lands is increasing at an indefinite rate. There are as well, people who have found small space living more convenient. Although land farming still exists, it is really better to be able to plant and grow whatever you want at a much faster rate. Regardless of the growing season, hydroponics kits have made it possible for any type of plant to reach its maximum growth potential.
To understand more about hydroponics kits, refer to the three examples below.
- JetStreams are based on a re-circulating drip irrigation system that can turn into a great business venture. They are intended for growing vegetables that require a compact, support structure. These can include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. The growing medium used is rockwool or any low maintenance type that offers a higher growth rate and crop yield.
A standard JetStream hydroponics kit usually includes the following materials:
- anodized/white powder coated aluminum bench
- 20 gallon reservoir
- growtrays, pump, timer
- 1 inch PVC feed line and 2 inch PVC drain
- 4 GPH emitters, stakes
- pH control kit
- nutrients and rockwool cubes, blocks and slabs
You can get them in 2, 4, 6 and 8 grow trays which is ideal for gardeners who have undersized homes. For greenhouses, bigger sizes are also available to accommodate a wide variety of plants.
- WaterFarms are quite compact but is fabricated with a very resilient plastic material. Such square-shaped hydroponics kits are 10 x 10 x 15 inch tall and available in single or multiple packs to accommodate midsized plants, just like JetStream. Single packs do not require that much space when packed together.
Materials included are the following:
- 1 growth chamber
- pump and nutrient reservoir
- grorox (growing medium)
- FloraMagic nutrient
Take note though that a suitable lighting system is required when opting for a WaterFarm hydroponic garden, especially if you plan to grow your plants indoors or in an area where there is very low amount of natural light. 4 growth chambers or packs may have a 400 watt lighting system and additional nutrient requirements.
- PowerGrowers are quite similar to WaterFarms but features a much more elegant design. Such 6-sided hydroponics kits have a standard size of 13 x 13 x 15 inch, especially if you want to make your hydroponic garden look more appealing. They will blend nicely even in the workplace or classroom environment. Materials included are the following:
- growth chamber
- grorox (growing medium)
Developing a garden using hydroponics kits is indeed a very complex activity. Some of them may require the use of computer and sensors that will automate the plants’ growth. You do not have to worry about watering or checking the nutrient strength or the amount of light being emitted.
Then again, a thorough research can make things simpler in some way. Most standard hydroponic kits include the essentials – 1 growing tray, a reservoir, a timer controlled submersible pump and an air pump. It is also necessary to have adequate amounts of light. Otherwise, you can use alternative or recyclable materials such as plastic buckets, tubs and bins, soda bottles, an aquarium pump, PVC piping sections, pea gravel and many more.
There is a wide range of options for you to choose from. It will be great if you can set some time aside to research further so that you will be able to settle on the most practical hydroponics kits that are appropriate for your needs.