What is a hydroponic garden kit?
Hydroponic kits provide materials and accessories for growing and cloning seeds or cuttings. Types of kits include outdoor and indoor hydroponic kits, hydroponic starter kits, hydroponic tent kits, and others for supporting your plants in a nutrient solution indoors and outdoors.
However, the more you substitute for nature, the more complicated these kits are and the more expensive they become. When you remove plants from their natural environment, as in indoor gardening, then you have to duplicate all aspects of that environment by artificial or technical means.
The right hydroponic kit will depend on the stage of development, the conditions the plants are grown in and your available budget. Here are some hydroponic kits you may find indispensable:
Hydroponic Cloning Kits
Hydroponic cloning kits can cost between $30.00 to $100.00 depending on the level of sophistication. A hydroponic cloning kit enables you to have faster growth cycles and harvest more often.
The best hydroponic cloning kits will support dozens of trimmings and deliver a high success rate of clones. The cloning kit should consist of a reservoir that holds the water and nutrient solution mix.
The growing chamber section usually consists of trays or pots containing a growing medium for root support. For example, it may contain compressed peat or a perlite Vermiculite mix to support the seeds or clippings.
An automated hydroponic cloning unit will contain an air pump and watering system. This system can include a water pump, water spray or mister. You should avoid humidity domes as these can lead to mold and wilting of the plant.
Important features of hydroponic garden kit
- A hormone to enhance the development of roots.
- Hormone rooting compounds such as Rootex-L, Clonex, or Eziroot
- A heating pad or propagation mat
- An anti-stress agent such as superthrive
- Nutrient solution and thermometer
- Pruning shears or sharp scissors
You should see tiny root bumps appearing after 3 days and in about a week these roots should be formed and expanding. After about 2 weeks the plants should be ready to be transported into whatever medium you wish – this could be soil or a hydroponic unit.
Hydroponic Grow Kits
When your plants grow to a size that the cloning kit cannot support, you can transport them to a hydroponic grow kit. Many of the required components are similar to that of the cloning kit. However, the unit will be on a larger scale and may be housed within a tent.
A hydroponic grow kit will require light either from the sun or a powerful LED grow light. It will usually also provide various nutrients depending on the stage of development.
The cost of a hydroponic grow kit can vary significantly in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The price depends on the size and type of hydroponic unit. However, you can find inexpensive hydroponic kits for sale from various sources. There are a number of different hydroponic units available to growers and hobbyists. Each of these typically uses a different method of water transfer and plant support. Options can include drip systems, ebb and flow systems, wick systems and aeroponic systems.
Hydroponic Nutrient Kits
You can make your own homemade nutrients using fertilizer salts. However, to obtain higher yields and faster plant growth a number of hydroponic manufacturers provide nutrients that contain more than just the major and minor trace elements. These hydroponic nutrient kits contain crop enhancers such as root boosters, amino acids, microbes, enzymes, vitamins, fulvates, humates, and a non-ionic surfactant.
A good hydroponic nutrient kit contains all or most of the above enhancers. They should be easy to use and provide a more than one part formulation containing a different formula. The formula you use depends on whether your plant is in the growth or bloom stage of development.
Hydroponic Guide Sections
To learn more about other aspects of hydroponic gardening, see the following sections of our guide.