Tips on Choosing a Good Hydroponic System
Selecting the right kind of hydroponic system depends on many things such as how much money one is willing to spend, the kind of plants can grow and how successful the garden is thus it is vital to choose a system that matches the budget, experience and needs of the user. It is vital to state that hydroponic systems vary in the kind of equipment that is required, what media can be successfully used and how the nutrients are to be delivered but some of the main types of hydroponic systems include the following: wick hydroponic systems, ebb and flow hydroponic systems, nutrient film technique, drip irrigation system and aeroponic hydroponic systems.
It is good to state that the wick hydroponic system is the cheapest and simplest system and thus it is a favorite among many beginners in hydroponics and it is a passive system thus it has no moving parts. It works by drawing the needed nutrients into the growing medium from a source with a wick and it should be used for smaller plants that do not need a lot of nutrients or moisture because the wick does not supply the plants with these things quickly.
It is good to state that the ebb and flow hydroponic system is sometimes called the flood and drain system which is a more intricate and advanced system which works by using a pump that is placed into the reservoir to frequently flood the grow tray with the nutrient solution and then it drains it back into the source. In larger and more professional ebb and flow systems the solution is pumped into buckets and the merit of the modular or bucket system is that each plant is grown in its own container thus can be moved and handled more easily.
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It is good to state that the nutrient film technique delivers a regular flow of nutrients to the plants with a pump without the use of any timer and the system does not need a growing medium because the plants are suspended in a tray with the roots dangling in a nutrient solution. Whereas the lack of a growing medium may save the person money because they do not have to replace the medium after every crop has been removed but the main demerit is that the system is more high maintenance than others and the roots may dry up very fast if something does go wrong with pump and the nutrient flow is interrupted.
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It is good to state that drip irrigation hydroponic system have a timer that delivers the nutrient solution to via the base of each plant through drippers and they have continuous drip systems that can be recovery (which means that the nutrient solution can be returned to the reservoir) or non-recovery (which means that the nutrient solution can be run off as waste).