What is it?

As outlined on the home page, Hydroponic growing is an efficent form of growing your plants 12 months of the year, without the need for soil. Your plants grow faster, healthier, and bigger. Not only does Hydroponics not require soil, but it saves space, and requires no pesticides or herbicides, resulting in a  massive return on your indoor garden. 

So far we can identify that Hydroponics is one of the most effiective ways of growing plants and vegetation. Below we outline the various types of Hydroponic Systems, and how they might fit you!


Deep Water Culture

This is a process where the roots are suspended in a nutrient solution. An aquarium air pump, allows oxygen into the nutrient solution, allowing it to keeps the roots of the plants from drowning. 

Nutrient Film

This method is a type of hydroponic system where a non-stop flow of nutrient solution runs over the plants' roots. The system is on a slight tilt so that the nutrient solution will flow with the force of gravity.

Drip System

The drip system works by providing a slow feed of nutrient solution to the hydroponics medium (the pot it's in pretty much). You can use a slow (or fast) draining medium, such as Rockwool, coconut coir, or peat moss (recommended).

Ebb & Flow

Also known as a flood and drain system, is a type of system that functions by flooding the growing area with the nutrient solution at specific intervals. The nutrient solution then slowly drains back into the reservoir. The pump is hooked to a timer, so the process repeats itself at specific intervals so that your plants get the desired amount of nutrients.

Wicking System

This method is one of the easiest and lowest costing methods of hydroponics. The idea behind wicking is that you have a material, such as cotton, that is surrounded by a growing medium with one end of the wick material placed in the nutrient solution. The solution is then wicked to the roots of the plant.


This method mists the roots of the plant with a nutrient solution while suspended in the air. There are two primary methods to get the solution to the exposed roots. The first method involves a fine spray nozzle to mist the roots. The second method uses what’s called a pond fogger.


Looking to learn how to start your own Hydroponic setup? Landale Gardens now offers courses built to teach you the fundamentals of Hydroponics and what you'll need to start your own garden. 

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