DIY Hydroponics Drip System

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DIY Hydroponics Drip System
Hydroponic drip systems use a nutrient solution to provide nutrients to plants. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without the use of soil. To replace the nutrients provided by the soil plants are usually grown in, a fertiliser solution is applied to the plant's bare roots, or to a soilless growing substrate such as perlite or clay pebbles. A top-drip system supplies the nutrient solution from above. Building a simple top-drip system does not require a lot of materials and is easy to set up in the home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic tub
  • Aquarium pump
  • 1/2-inch hard irrigation line
  • 1/2-inch 90-degree elbow
  • 1/2-inch MPT barb
  • Irrigation punch
  • 1/8-inch microtubing
  • 1/2-inch end plugs

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Attach the 1/2-inch hard tubing to the vertical attachment from your aquarium pump.

  2. 2

    Set the aquarium pump into the black plastic tub. Use a black plastic tub to keep light out of the nutrient solution.

  3. 3

    Cut a hole into the lid of the black plastic tub so that the 1/2-inch hard tubing sticks out of the lid.

  4. 4

    Stick the 90-degree elbow on to the hard tubing.

  5. 5

    Attach the 1/2-inch microtubing to the 90-degree elbow by pushing it on. Place the end plug at the end of the tubing.

  6. 6

    Place the half-inch tubing between the two grow trays.

  7. 7

    Punch holes along the 1/2-inch irrigation lines. Stick the drip tubing into the hole by placing the MPT barb into the hole and attaching the drip tubing.

  8. 8

    Fill the tub your nutrient solution so that the pump is covered. Mix the nutrient solution according to the packaging instructions.

  9. 9

    Lay the drip tubing over the plants in your trays. Turn on the pump to get the nutrient solution flowing.

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