Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Beginners Guide to 3 Popular Hydroponic Kits

As hydroponic gardening is becoming more popular, the sell of hydroponic kits has become a booming business. You can purchase a kit to make a small garden or one to build an entire hydroponic room. The items that are included in these hydroponic kits will depend on the type of system that you wish to use.

The Aggregate Hydroponic Kit
Hydroponic kits for an aggregate system will usually begin with a container that is not transparent in which to place your plants. The company will also include a separate nutrient tank with the nutrient solution included in the kit. There will be some type of hookup system that will allow you to run the solution from the nutrient tank to the plant reservoir in order to perform the flooding process that is necessary to keep the plants fed. A built in drainage system is also a necessity with these hydroponic kits.

Aggregate hydroponic kits will naturally include a type of aggregate (the substance that you will place your plants in to give them the support that they will need).  A pH tester might also be included to ensure that your nutrient solution is at the proper pH level.

The Water Culture Hydroponic Kit
Hydroponic kits for a water culture system can be simple or complex, depending upon the amount of money that you wish to spend. A simple water culture hydroponic kit can include a small plant container, a simple lighting system, and a nutrient solution. The more complex models can contain an air system, a water heater, and various testing materials for your nutrient solution.

The Aeroponic Hydroponic Kit
Hydroponic kits that use the aeroponics system are the most advanced and often the most expensive. One brand of these kits comes with pots that have plants already in them as well as a plant holder. It also includes a submersible pump and tubing as well as three separate spray nozzles. Also included are enough liquid nutrients to make one hundred gallons of nutrient solution and a pH test kit.

Additional Items that You May Need for Your Hydroponic Garden
There are a number of other items that you will need for your hydroponic garden that may not be included in the hydroponic kits. You will need to purchase a lighting system (if one has not been included). You should purchase lights are large enough and have enough wattage for the size of the area in which you are using them. You may want to install blue lighting if you are dealing with less mature plants. The more light that your plants have, the healthier they will be.

Other items that are not included in most hydroponic kits are measuring devices, such as a thermometer and a humidity gage. The latter is especially vital when using an aeroponic system. A thermometer can be used to make sure that the area where you have your hydroponic garden is warm enough to sustain your plants. You need to make sure that your plants are kept warm, especially if your garden is located in a basement during the winter months.

Hydroponic Kits-Great for Beginners
Hydroponic kits are a great way to build a hydroponic garden if you are a beginner and are not sure about how to get started. Their clear, simple instructions and basic supplies can help you on your way to becoming a successful hydroponic gardener. Source : ArticleBase

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