General Hydroponics Drip Irrigation SystemAlthough drip irrigation systems are still relatively simple in how they work?
If you?re a complete beginner to hydroponics, the sophistication of this system makes its setup and maintenance less simple than the previous systems. But more on that later.
Here?s how it works:
Your plants are sitting in a pot, supported by an inert medium like rockwool or pebbles.
Nutrient-rich water gets pumped from the nutrient reservoir to the top of your growing medium.
Then slowly the nutrient-rich water drips from a network of pipes/tubes and emitters to the roots of your plants
A drip irrigation system is a continues flow system, which means it?s easier to get your plants growing FAST.
But if you?re a beginner, you really need to understand the things that can go wrong in a system like this?and prepare carefully.
For starters, if you?re into DIY, setting up a drip irrigation system takes more time and care to setup than the previous systems (Ebb and Flow or DWC system).
Then there?s the danger of emitters clogging up and potentially ruining your grow?if you don?t keep your water and/or emitters free of nutrient build-up.
You also need to find the perfect balance on how much you expose the roots of your plants to the drip/flow. Dripping too much can easily lead to root rot or fungus?while too little can result in stunted growth.
Lastly, if your power goes off for whatever reason and your pump stops dripping, you basically have only a few hours to notice or else?you?re screwed.
How to Setup A Drip Hydroponic System
- As already mentioned, the drip system is very flexible. It can scale well according to the size and complexity of a growing operation. For a basic drip system, you will need the following essential items:
- Drip Emitters: Depending on the number of plants you plan to grow, you will have to buy an emitter for each plant. They are readily available at garden centers and hydroponic suppliers.
- Thin Tubing: spaghetti tubing is readily available in the market and is perfect for a drip emitter.
- PVC Tubing: These will be the main lines that carry the water and nutrients from the reservoir pump to the emitters. Depending on the size and complexity of your setup, the length and number of tubes required will vary. For smaller home-based setups, two-inch tubes are enough.
- Water Pump: a regular submersible pump is more than adequate for the task. Capacities of between 120?300 gallons per minute should suffice for smaller setups.
- A Tray: In smaller recirculating setups, you can get best results by having all the pots drain into a common tray. This is a simpler option than having separate run-off tubes from each pot to the reservoir.
- A Large Bucket/Bin: This will act as the reservoir. Choose between 10?20 gallon volume depending on the size of your setup.
- Small pots for your plant
- A Garden timer for the pump
- Aquarium grade silicone sealant
- A Hydroponic growing medium like coco coir
- A power drill, and hacksaw or PVC cutter to cut the pip
Best Hydroponic Drip System
SUPERPONICS 8 HYDROPONIC GROW SYSTEM
SuperPonics Hydroponic Grow System Technology Fuses the Best of Hydroponics by combining a mix of: Automated Top Feed, Deep Water Culture, Bubble & AeroPonics
Your Fully Automated SuperPonics Hydroponic Grow System will grow faster than any single method of hydroponics. You also grow more safely due to the fact that there are always two independent hydroponic grow systems operating at the same time. Even if one system malfunctions, your plants will still thrive! Growing your plants with both Top Feed Watering and Bottom Feed oxygenation will create extremely happy plants with rapid growth rates and HUGE yields. SuperPonics grows plants up to 2x Faster than other systems and up to 5x Faster than soil.
Custom molded, UV stable, easy to clean 5 gal reservoir and lid
Fully Assembled ? Just plug in and add water
8 Plant Sights
Eco 132 gph Water Pump
Eco-Air 2 Air Pump
2 High Quality Stone Air Diffusers
8 Net Cups (3″)
SuperPonic Upgrade Package (sold separately) Includes:
pH Testing Kit
1″ Rock Wool Starter Plugs
Hydroton Clay Stone Medium
Botanicare 4′ X 8′ Hydroponic Drip System Flood Table Kit
Botanicare 4×8 Inside Dimension White Tray
Botanicare trays are manufactured in a variety of sizes to suit a wide range of hydroponic applications and grow substrates. Our white plastic trays are 7″ deep with a virgin U.V. resistant cap that wrap a core of 70% recycled plastic. Made in the USA using renewable solar energy. Made with recycled and recyclable materials. BPA free.
Botanicare?s redesigned white premium ID trays offer professional hydroponic gardens with superior quality and performance. The ID trays now include a 7? deep sidewall* that accommodates larger root masses, taller pots, and deeper saturation. Rounded, wider, drainage channels simplify cleaning while newly engineered corner gussets allow for greater support. The ID trays maintain Botanicare?s standard true, inside dimensions for maximum growth space. Made from recycled and recyclable ABS plastic. *measurement from top of drainage grid to top of tray.
Botanicare 115 Gallon Reservoir, Lid & Porthole Cover
Designed for excellent performance and easy maintenance, Botanicare?s Premium Reservoirs are true capacity with exceptional durability. These reservoirs are a reincarnation of Botanicare?s original reservoir offering with the benefits of our Low Profile reservoirs/Eazy Drain reservoirs. They include front and side bulkhead ports to accommodate an internal pump and allow multiple reservoirs to be joined in line or side-by-side. Botanicare?s Premium reservoirs are made with BPA-free recyclable materials, and include a virgin UV-resistant ABS cap that wraps the 70% recycled ABS core. Made in the USA using solar energy at Botanicare?s own forming facility.
Fast Fit Tray Stand, 4ft x 8ft
Revolutionary toolless light & tray stands that assemble in minutes. Designed and engineered for the pieces to simply slide together. The simplicity makes it an easy to configure tray stand & light stand, the way you want it. Never mess with nuts, bolts, wrenches or screw drivers again with the Fast Fit! Fabricated and assembled in the USA
Hydro Flow 4′ x 8′ Drip System Kit
This Hydro Flow Drip Kit is designed to simplify your irrigation set up on 4 ft x 8 ft grow trays. From reservoir to plant, this kit provides all the irrigation components required to set your garden. Hydro Flow Drip Kits are compatible with all 4 ft x 8 ft grow trays. Trays purchased separately. Kit includes plumbing and hardware for up to 24 sites
ECO FARM MOVABLE HYDROPONIC GROW DRAIN TABLE FLOOD TRAYS GROWING SYSTEMS
ECO FARM Movable hydroponic grow table flood trays growing systems is a form of hydroponics that is known for its simplicity, reliability of operation and low initial investment cost. when Pots are filled with an inert medium which does not function directly like soil that contribute nutrition to the plants, but which as a temporary reserve of water and solvent mineral nutrients in the anchors the roots. The hydroponic solution alternately floods is allowed to ebb away.
Labor-saving and cost-effective.
An entire acre or more can be watered automatically and efficiently.
Plants are watere evenly, reducing losses due to poor watering practices.
Plants can be fertilized as they are being watered.
Floors are dry, avoiding accidents.
System can water any of our wide line of retail Ebb-Flow benches.
Compatible with many computer control systems.
Hydroponic ebb and flow trays uses pumps and a large water reservoir to periodically flood the plant roots with nutrients and water. An easy method is using a large plastic tote to contain the nutrient solution with the plants sitting in a deep tray on top of the lid. The nutrient solution is pumped into the tray from the reservoir below, and then is allowed to drain back into the reservoir.