Drip Hydroponic Systems

The drip hydroponic system is one of the most common in the world. Drip systems are used to grow everything from lettuce to cut flowers and melons. The design of the drip system is simple.

In drip systems, the hydroponic fertilizer and water are pumped out of a tank and distributed to drippers at the base of the plants. The drippers supply a controlled amount of nutrient to the plant. Any excess nutrient solution either runs off as waste or is recirculated back to the nutrient reservoir for reuse.

The nutrient can either be circulate constantly or pumped to the dripper at regular interval based on the need of the plants being grown and the media being used. For example, bigger plants need more frequent watering than smaller plants amd plant in a coco peat mixture require less frequent watering than those planted in clay pellets.

The drip system is popular but it does have some disadvantages. The most common problem with drip irrigation systems is that the drippers tend to clog. If a clogged dripper goes unnoticed the plant being grown can be damaged or even killed.

There are several ways to deal with the clogged drip emitter problem. The best defense against clogged drippers is to be sure to filter the nutrient solution going to the dripper. It also helps to have a second dripper on each plant as a back up. Finally, it is always a good idea to check all the emitters periodically and clean or replace any clogged emitters.

The advantages of the dripper hydroponic systems outweigh the disadvantages. The dripper system’s advantages include good resistance to power failure, low water usage and being easily expandable to larger systems.

If you are looking to try hydroponics you should definitely consider setting up a drip system. They are versatile enough to grow just about any kind of plant you have in mind and simple enough for anyone to set up.

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