Types of Systems

Understanding the Drip System

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The most commonly seen hydroponic garden set up, the drip system offers simple operation and reliable performance. Using drip lines connected to each container or pot, a submersed pump operates on a timer to deliver nutrient solution on a schedule.

You can choose a recirculating drip system and realize the benefits of reusing the nutrient solution. Runoff collects in a reservoir and recirculates through the system. The opposite type of system is considered a water-to-waste, using unaltered nutrient solution at stable pH levels and a steady concentration. Recirculating systems vary in these two factors, and gardeners need to consistently monitor the pH levels and nutrient concentration.

Waste-to-water systems operate best with a soil-less setup, as this growing media retains more water. This absorption allows the pump to work less and results in lower levels of waste. Using quality plant nutrients and a decent growing media, this type of hydroponic drip system offers one of the better methods of gardening with grow lights.

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