Growing plants hydroponically has deservedly gained popularity in recent times due to its numerous advantages and attributes, that easily one-up traditional gardening. hydroponics is the method of cultivating plants by using water or nutrient solutions, without soil. A hydroponic system’s flexibility and nearly zero maintenance are just a few major pointers that can come in handy when creating, building, or buying your own mini farm indoor garden.

If you are planning to get into hydroponics, there are a variety of hydroponic systems to choose from. And each system can be altered and tweaked to give the best growing conditions to your plants. And that is the fun part of hydroponics, the more you get into this method of gardening, you begin to learn more about your plants and experiment around to give the best and efficient care to them.

Below mentioned are some of the common hydroponic indoor growing systems –

  • Deep Water Culture (DWC) System: The DWC system is simple and inexpensive. In this system, the plant grows in a growing medium (rockwool or coconut fibre). The growing medium is placed in a net-cup held up by a floating platform. The plant roots are directly submerged in water from where they get their nutrients to grow. This system works best when active, which means the system will require an air pump that helps keep the water oxygenated. A water recovery system is a bonus making it completely zero maintenance. Small plants like lettuce thrive in this system.
  • Wick System: Unlike the DWC system, the Wick system can be run passively, meaning there is no need for aerators or pumps since the wicks do all the jobs in this system. The plants are placed in an absorbent substance medium like perlite or vermiculite and nylon wicks placed within the absorbent medium and around the plants are sent down into the water or nutrient solution. The wicks pull up the moisture into the medium feeding the plants.
  • Ebb and Flow (flood and drain) System: The Ebb and Flow system, also known as the flood and drain system, is another popular system among home gardeners. A water pump and a timer are the main things that tick this system. The plants are placed in a growing medium and the timer allows the water pump to timely flood the plant roots with water or nutrient solution. Once the pump is shut the water is drained and soaked back into the reservoir. This system is good for water craving plants. This system will require you to research since the system will require a substantially correct amount of growing medium. Or you can also opt for a smart indoor garden kit that has everything in the right measurements.
  • Nutrient Film Technique (NFT): The Nutrient Film Technique is very similar to the active food and drains system, but instead of pumping water in intervals, this system works around a constantly flowing stream of water or nutrient solution just above the reservoir. The plant is placed in no growing medium and the roots are placed just above the water, moisturizing the plant.
  • Drip System: This system is very suitable for large plants. The plants are placed in a growing medium where water is pumped up through tubes. Roots take in the needed water and the excess is drained back into the reservoir.

Depending on the preferred herbs, fruits, or veggies you would like to grow, space at home, and budget, you can select which system would suit you the best and in no time, you could have your own indoor herb garden with artificial light.

You can also try Eponic’s Mini farm or Little Farm. These hydroponic systems are amazing for growing herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Get in touch with us to know more!