The innovative hydroponic system of growing plants, without the use of soil or compost but using only water soluble organic nutrients definitely makes it a very popular hobby. More and more people want a home hydroponic system, but learning about the best method is important. Although there are many methods of hydroponics indoor gardening such as NFT or Nutrient Film Technique, where you are supposed to spray a thin layer of rich nutrient solution over the roots using an ebb and flow technique is very successful method available in professional kits. Another method that is quickly gaining popularity is the Aeroponics or when the plants are suspended in mid air and you need to spray the roots frequently, for optimized nutrient absorption.
If you are thinking about building your own hydroponic system for the first time, you need to be aware that not all types of hydroponic grow system will work for growing indoors, so picking up relevant information becomes the first step. One of the best and the easiest hydroponic system is the ebb and flow that can be built at home within a modest budget. There are few hydroponics supplies that you will require to get an efficient system working for indoor gardening such as plastic storage containers, water pump and air pump used in a fish tank, good quality flood and drain fittings, a timer and a good length of plastic tube. While picking out the plastic container as a nutrient storage unit, keep in mind that dark colors are the best as you need to keep out the bright light from reaching the water soluble nutrient solution to prevent growth of unwanted algae.
Fix the air pump inside while the other container should be fixed over the nutrient storage unit, filled with clay pellets that expand. Drill holes so that drainage is proper after you install the flood and drain system fittings in one of the containers and the overflow one in the other. You will also need to connect the tube from the water pump to the drain fitting. The last but not the least step for effective hydroponics is connecting the water pump with the timer that is set for the flood and drain cycle after you fill up the nutrient storage unit with the rich solution.
This type of indoor gardening hydroponic system is set to flood the plant unit 4 times a day for about 30 minutes, when the special lights that stimulate sunlight, which is very essential for the growth of hydroponics vegetation. The homemade flood and drain system is easy to build and effective to maintain. However, one consideration that you need is to have a cohesive environment for growing hydroponics plants. The best way to grow good hydroponics is to learn about balanced nutrition that is needed for optimized plant growth.