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Choosing the right hydroponic system

The simplest way to describe or define Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Instead of soil we use a water based solution which also contains nutrients in which our plants use to grow. As the plants grow they are supported by a neutral grow medium that can range from coconut husk to hydroton (leca) pellets.

The only requirement of a Hydroponic system is that it doesn't use soil and because of this there are many different kinds of systems available. Prices and complexity of these hydroponic systems very significantly and with so many options available it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Below is a small list that shows in better detail the kinds of systems available to the grower, as well as the pros and cons of each. Click the title to view a more detailed description of the system and how it works.

When choosing the hydroponic system you want to build it's a good idea to consider a few things. What you're growing and the amount of what you're growing, Your budget, your availability to tend to the system, your geographical location and the space you have are just a few things to keep in mind. For example if you live in a very hot climate, only want to grow a few plants and are limited on space then maybe a DWC or "bucket system" is what you should be looking into.