Types of hydroponic systems



  1. The Wick System: a wick is used to extend from the reservoir of nutrient solution to the growing medium, and wicks the nutrients and water up to the roots of the plant for absorption.
  2. Aeroponics: a mister or nozzle head is used to mist or spray the nutrient solution onto the exposed roots of the plants. 
  3. Nutrient Film Technique (NFT): plant roots are exposed below the growing medium, into a shallow cascading stream of nutrient solution that is being pumped up from the reservoir and is running through a tube below the medium.
  4. Ebb and Flow (Flood and Drain): the system is on a timer and will periodically flood the area that holds the plants in the growing medium with nutrient solution from a reservoir, and then drain back out again.
  5. Water Culture: the plants are in a growing medium, and float on top of the nutrient solution that is bubbling to provide oxygen to the submerged roots.
  6. Drip System: nutrient solutions drips into the growing media and trickles down past the plant’s roots.

Read more about the different types of hydroponic systems, and their advantages and disadvantages at this link: http://www.simplyhydro.com/system.htm


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