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19/07/2012 at 12:04

We have a hydroponic outlet near to where we live and I've been on the website this morning - not a lot of information but an interesting variety of equipment . Done a bit of research and I would like to know if anyone has used this system and if so I would appreciate their comments. My questions being - would it be possible to start with a small system and how much room do they take up? I've only heard of hydroponics systems being used in a large growing capacity and would one be suitable for home use. My only experience of water culture is growing cuttings on a windowledge so I guess it would be something similar albeit on a larger scale. Thanks Jean.

19/07/2012 at 12:44

I think it's an interesting idea, for those who want to grow some of their own food. If the bulk of the country's tomatoes are actually grown this way, then it obviously works, and very successfully.

TV gardener David Domoney exhibited a show garden at Hampton Court a little while ago, and the main feature was a number of ornamental plants, such as Zantedeschia, growing hydroponically. It's visually eye-catching, and impressive.

I think hydroponics has a long way to go for amateurs, but I know nothing more.

19/07/2012 at 13:01

I agree Gary , I read an article in our local paper about it so thought I might investigate .I have no idea what it involves but may take a trip up there to have a look around - worth a visit maybe.  Thanks.

19/07/2012 at 14:16

There used to be a store selling hydroponic systems not too far from here - think they were sold mainly to people wanting to grow marijuana in their attics - reputedly the same store also sold the seeds and lights needed.  It closed down a few years ago and became a takeaway

19/07/2012 at 22:50

Omg ! As far as I know this is a bona-fida factory - it's not a store and there was a review about it in our local paper stating who they supply and they have a website . I didn't have anything like that in mind - honest !!!

20/07/2012 at 12:29

Jean, I am using the Autopot system for the first time this year. I have six pots fed from a tank and it takes up one side of the 8ft greenhouse. My sister has been using it for a couple of years with 8 pots and, being a bit of an intermittent waterer like me, she swears by it. You can start with just 2 but it doesn't seem worth the bother for so few. Everything seems to be happening rather slowly but I'm sure that's just the lack of sun and insect activity rather than anything else.

30/10/2012 at 06:42

Hydroponic Systems are totally relateted with gardening work. It was starteted in 17th century.

30/10/2012 at 21:33

Anyone interested in hydroponics should check out

Tomatoes on left were grown hydroponically

30/10/2012 at 23:00

My fathers neighbour, unknowingly to everyone on the road, several years ago,  grew marijuana very successfully in the bedrooms of his house, using a hydroponic system with heat lights.

It was two large terrace properties knocked into one and used to be a hotel so there were quite a few bedrooms. When dad said he'd seen people sat in cars watching the house next door, we thought it was part of his illness, and he was going senile  - why would anyone want to be watching dad's neighbours house, we asked ourselves - he even rang the police to raise his concerns and said he was being ignored ...turned out the police had the house under surveillance. It caused quite a stir when it hit the local paper and the neighbour was arrested.

So, on the subject of hydroponic systems I would imagine with the correct equipment they are very successful in growing plants.

01/11/2012 at 20:27
Tried these systems made my own to grow toms, much better to make a wooden tray line it with black polythene from a builders merchent or garden centre, use a soaker hose in the bottom of the tray and fill it with compost, then water as the plants need it, if this is in a greenhouse then very little if any will me needed in the winter, where you can grow winter lettuce.
09/11/2012 at 11:40

I'm thinking of using a Hydroponic system next season in the greenhouse. Can anyone tell me if you can reuse the clay balls that are used in some of these systems. I saw a hydroponic system in use in Holland this year and it was just amazing to see, so thought I would give it a go.

10/11/2012 at 12:34

Clay balls can be washed and re-used but is a pain cleaning the bits of old root out, also they need soaking in a mild bleach solution followed by rinsing out, Milton is the safest one to use but it is expensive, avoid using your bath as they will scratch it. Plants grow better hydroponically if as much of the root mass possible is exposed to air, we grow with no clayballs and no pots, done correctly a one inch rockwool cube will support a tree.If you are interested in doing it properly check out  the website also has a helpline.


10/11/2012 at 13:51

Thank you for that andyhguk, I really want to have a go at this as I feel that this is way to go in the future. I will check the webb site out. Many thanks.

03/01/2013 at 07:28

I liked all the posts. Good work guys! Lets keep the ball rolling. In meantime also check Advanced Nutrients website for more information on Hydroponic gardening techniques.

14/03/2013 at 10:21

Just picked up on your post from last July.

As a non comercial amatuer gardener I have been growing with Hydroponics in my greehouse since 2004. A few failures but mostly successful. I have my own working notes now compiled as a PDF document

If you care to send me a message back with your email address I can send you a copy of my document "Growing by the Hydroponic method". This should get you started.

Regards Hydrogrower TJ.

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