BASIC HYDROPONIC SYSTEM FACTS
Choosing a system is the first step in a successful hydroponic gardening experience. Consider your available space, lighting, budget, and time constraints before purchasing any equipment or settling on a unit to build yourself. Also think about what you want to grow, whether you may want to expand, and recurring costs.
The simplest way to start is with a passive system. These use a wicking material to draw nutrients up to the roots, or the root tips are suspended in a stationary solution with the main portion of the rootball hanging in the air. Passive systems are affordable and easy to build yourself. They are best suited for smaller plants. Active systems are best for larger plants and gardens. An active system uses a pump and timer to flow nutrients around the plant’s roots and to provide aeration. It costs more, but is more efficient and requires less attention, since the pump and timer handle everything automatically. Once you’ve looked at passive vs. active systems, you’ll need to choose between media-based and water culture systems.
Media-based systems such as ebb-and flow (flood-and-drain), top-feed (drip), or bottom-feed systems rely on a growing medium to support the plants and hold nutrient solution around their roots. Most operate on timers, alternately wetting the medium to wash out salts and replenish nutrients and then draining so the plants can draw in atmospheric oxygen. Setup is more complex, costs are higher, and media needs to be replaced occasionally. These systems need to be protected from power outages, which can leave vulnerable roots high and dry if the pump stops functioning. On the other hand, these systems are super efficient, since nutrients are recycled back into the reservoir, and use of timers means they need less attention from you.
Water culture systems usually operate without media. Plants are anchored in a plank that floats on the reservoir, suspending the roots in the nutrient solution. This kind of system is simple and inexpensive to set up and is great for water-loving plants, though special care must be taken if you want to use it with large plants. You can use rockwool cubes or small amounts of gravel to anchor plants like tomatoes and cucumbers that get top heavy when they start to bear fruit. You can also use plastic flaps, foam rings, fiber cups, or plastic collars for plant support, or tie plants to a trellis.
Cherry tomato 24 hours after transplanting from soil to a Waterfarm.
Aerogarden Seed Kits
We also carry the Vortex 318 with 18 grow sites!
Active Aqua Root Spa 5 gal 8 Bucket System
General Hydroponics Power Grower Eco Complete
Pimento pepper in Root Spa
AeroGarden® 7 LED
The AeroGarden® 7 LED is the extraordinary soil-free indoor garden that grows plants 5 times faster than soil. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more... let your imagination grow wild! The AeroGarden 7 LED can be set up in minutes - just insert the Seed Pods in your garden, add water and nutrients, and then watch it grow! It's as easy as 1-2-3!
The easy-to-use Control Panel automatically creates optimal conditions for your plants by turning the Grow Lights on and off and reminding you when to add AeroGrow's patented, specially formulated Liquid Nutrients.
The AeroGarden 7 LED provides high-performance, energy-efficient lighting for plants. LED lights save hundreds of dollars in energy and Grow Light replacement costs and last three to five years! This garden tailors the light spectrum for optimal growth, concentrating daylight white LEDs for fast growth, blue LEDs for bigger yields, and red LEDs for more flowers and fruit. The AeroGarden 7 LED's energy efficient, full spectrum grow lights significantly increase plant yields. Now you can garden indoors, year round, and your plants are Guaranteed to Grow!
Overview and Benefits
LED lights save hundreds of dollars in energy and grow light replacement costs and last three to five years!
Energy efficient, high-performance, LED lights—plants grow faster and healthier
Grows 5 times faster than soil
Soil-free, no-mess indoor growing
Easy-to-use Control Panel automates key garden functions so you don't have to
Grow anything including fresh herbs, salad greens, vegetables, flowers, and more
Advanced hydroponics made simple
NASA tested growing technology
Pre-seeded pods with Guaranteed to Grow warranty
Patented, specially formulated Liquid Nutrients included
Also includes 7-Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit that contains: Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Curly Parsley, Dill, and Mint
General Hydroponics RainForest Modular 66 - Vortex Sprayer
The Root Spa is a Deep Water Culture system. This 5 gallon bucket system is so simple yet grows large plants efficiently. After a very short time, you will realize the advantage of the simplicity of this uniquely easy-to-use, inexpensive, and forgiving system! Pumping raw air into the nutrient solution, without the need of expensive and often troublesome air stones is not only cost effective, but your plants will also thrive!
• Water tight seal to guarantee no leaks
• 8" bucket basket to hold your choice of growing medium
• Multi-purpose air hose delivers air from the pump to the bottom of the bucket
• Air pump to oxygenate your water to encourage root growth
• ½" grommet fitting
• ½" elbow fitting
• ¼" black tubing
Clay pebble media sold separately
Praise for the Root Spa:
“It’s easy to tell when your plants are supercharged. You don’t need any fancy meter for that—it’s visually apparent. Every time you open the door to your garden your plants almost roar at you! The speed of their development is shocking—even over a single day—they are visibly taller, fuller, bigger, and happier. I love it when my garden is cranking like this.”
Media sold separately: You can use your choice of hydroponic media, such as clay pebbles, #4 perlite, rockwool mini cubes, coco chips, etc. Since this is a hydroponics system, soil should be avoided. Soil may contain dust, fungi, and bacteria, all of which can contaminate a hydroponics system.
OWN THIS EASY TO USE SYSTEM FOR ONLY $34.95
Complete system, just add seeds and you're ready to grow $109.00
Same Cherry tomato after 30 days in Waterfarm
General Hydroponics Aeroflo 18
Great system for beginners to expert growers. Comes with everything needed to grow only $291.00
General Hydroponics WaterFarm, Complete
Get the convenience of an Ebb & Flow System in a 22" x 22" x 10" size garden. Ebb & flow (flood & drain) systems work by pumping nutrient solution up from a reservoir to a controlled water level tray. All plants are watered uniformly on a timed cycle.
7.5 gallon reservoir
Insert grow tray
Submersible pump + timer
Seed starter cubes
Water level indicator
Growing medium + 15 5.5" square planters
GH Flora Nova Nutrient Sample
pH test kit
An Incredibly versatile System
Salad Box Hydroponic Salad Garden Kit
The Salad Box from Hydrofarm is ideal for growing a small soil-free garden of salad greens and other plants indoors or outdoors with almost zero maintenance. It is a passive hydroponics system based on the research of academic horticulturist B.A. Kratky.
Using the Salad Box is clean and easy. It uses no electricity at all—no air pumps or water pumps needed! It grows greens and lettuce up to thirty percent faster than soil. Use it indoors with grow lights or outdoors in natural light.
Simply mix the powder nutrient with water and pour into the reservoir, then wrap the root ball of each of your seedlings with the included “Root Wraps.” Place each wrapped seedling into a net pot, and you’re set!
The Salad Box will provide you and your family with fresh greens without any of the hassles of larger gardens or systems. Only minimal assembly is required. The system includes one reservoir tray, one top plate lid with eight plant sites, one top-off bottle with cap, eight net cups, eight Root Wraps, one fifty-gram packet of general purpose nutrient, six drain plugs, and one instructions booklet.
The Salad Box fits perfectly under two-foot fluorescent light systems like the Jump Start T-five modular and T-twelve fluorescent fixtures.
Emily's Garden System
We strive to be the hydroponic supply store of choice in our area by offering only top quality merchandise from trusted manufacturers like Hydrofarm ,Sunlight Supply, and General Hydroponic.
Aeroflo 20 also available
This 6"H x 16"W x 24"L garden with 6 individual planters allows you to rotate or add new plants as you please. It will fit just about anywhere - on a bench, a shelf, table, or out on the patio. Also available without media so you can customize your system with media of your choice.
• 2 gal reservoir
• Growing media
• Air pump and tubing
• Six 7"H x 6"W x 6"L planters
• Seed starter cubes
• Molded cover
• GH Flora Nova Nutrient Sample
• Water level indicator
• pH test kit
• Illustrated instructions
See this system in action in our store. Works great indoors and out. Excellent choice for beginning in Hydroponic Gardening
Active Aqua Root Spa 5 gal Bucket System
The PowerGrower Eco replaces the older model PowerGrower. The unique hexagonal design enables you to pack many PowerGrower Ecos together with close spacing for large installations. The PowerGrower Eco will grow small, medium, and large plants up to tomato, cucumber and pepper size. It is fully compatible with the controller systems. The PowerGrower Eco complete comes with: 5.7-gallon reservoir, 3-gallon growing chamber, pumping column, column support tube, drip ring, 1/2" grommet, drain level tube, air pump, 9 L of Hydroton rocks and 3 part Flora Series nutrients.
This classic system has stood the test of time and is sure to give great results .
Only $65.63 complete with you need to grow!
For propagating cuttings or for quick-starting seeds, seedlings, or transplants, no hydroponic system exists that will match the performance of the RainForest. The Vortex Sprayer lifts and oxygenates nutrient solution then gently distributes over cutting base or root system, giving you the most oxygen possible in the root zone. This system is ideal for starting plants or even for growing plants to maturity and harvest. Many growers choose to start their plants in RainForest modules and later transplant them into larger systems like our WaterFarm. Several RainForest modules can be connected to a Texas Controller for larger installations.
General Hydroponic's best selling hydroponic module, the WaterFarm® is built to assure a long service life. The unique square design allows growers to closely pack modules together to create large, high-density installations. The WaterFarm will grow small, medium, and large plants. It offers all the features of larger systems at a lower cost without sacrificing quality or performance.
The Complete WaterFarm includes:
• 2 gallon growing chamber
• 4 gallon reservoir
• Drain level tube
• Elite air pump
• Clay pebbles
• Flora Series nutrients
Aeroponic Tower System
We can build an install a customizable hydroponic system for your home. Enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables grown in your home. This self-contained unit has its own lights and pumps and draws minimal electricity due to its highly efficient LED lighting
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Active Aqua Root Spa 5 gal 4 Bucket System
NOTE: Setup of the multi-bucket Root Spa system is the same as that of the single-bucket system, with the main difference that the multi-bucket system uses a multi-output air pump, while the single-bucket Root Spa systems use a single dedicated air pump..
Sweet basil, lemon basil, and assorted peppers in an aeroponic Rainforest System by General Hydroponics
BACK TO THE ROOTS WATER GARDEN
CLOSED-LOOP ECOSYSTEM. This 3-gallon fish tank is a closed-loop, self-cleaning ecosystem. Using the science of aquaponics, the fish waste naturally fertilizes the plants above, and the plants, in turn, clean the water for the fish. Great for small pet fish and growing fresh herbs above.
INCLUDES: 3-gallon tank, water pump, all-natural aquatic supplies, organic seeds, 5 grow pots, fish food, and a coupon for a 99-cent Betta fish from Petco.
With a 17-gallon reservoir and 18 plant sites, the AeroFlo 18 site is perfect for those who want a compact, high performance system, particularly well-suited to growing lettuce, basil, and other small plants up to three feet in height.
The AeroFlo 18 is sized 2' x 5'2"
This system includes:
• 17 gallon reservoir
• Three 4 ft grow chambers
• WaterPower 120 pump
• Injection manifold
• Support structure
• 3" grow cups
• 3 part Flora Kit
Come see this system in action in our store
and witness growth rates you've never seen!