Hydroponic gardening is basically growing plants without soil. Plants don’t need soil, they need the nutrients
and water they find in soil. In a hydroponic and container gardens, you provide a complete nutrient
formula and an inert growing medium to anchor the plants’ roots.
When nutrients are dissolved in water, they are immediately accessible to the roots.
Hydroponic and container gardening allow you to grow more plants in less space without the hassle of soil-borne diseases, pests and weeds.
How Do You Get Started?
1. CHOOSE PASSIVE OR ACTIVE.
Passive systems use a wicking material to draw nutrients up to the roots.
Passive is more affordable and easy to build yourself but is best suited for small plants. Active systems use a
pump and timer to flow nutrients around the plants’ roots and provide aeration. This is more expensive but also more efficient.
2. CHOOSE MEDIA-BASED OR WATER CULTURE.
Media-based systems such as ebb-and-flow, top-feed, or bottom-feed systems rely on a growing medium to support plants
and hold nutrient solution around their roots. Set up is more complex and costs are higher. Media-based systems are extremely efficient
since nutrients are recycled back into the reservoir and with a timer. Water culture systems usually require no media.
Plants are suspended above the reservoir with their roots in nutrient solution. This system is simple, inexpensive to set up and does well with
many types of plants. Just remember to provide support for larger growing varieties.
3. CHOOSE GROW LIGHTS & MEDIA.
The Blooms Bros stock a variety of high output/high intensity lighting compatible with standard home outlets. Different styles and
configurations are available, so feel free to consult with our staff on the best light for your grow!
We carry Coconut Coir, organic soil, seed starting supplies, and several nutrient lines suitable for both hydroponic
and media based grows. In fact, The Blooms Bros’ selection of supplies is the best (and only) in the Wabash Valley.