What is Hydroponics

A healthier, more efficent approach.

The Basics

Hydroponics is a very effective and efficient method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution. Hydroponics is a process which does not require soil, instead the plants root system is supported using an growing medium such as Rockwool, clay pellets, perlite, or vermiculite. The general idea behind hydroponics is to allow the plants roots to come in direct contact with the nutrient solution, while also receiving access to oxygen, which is vital for proper growth.
With no need for pesticides, soil, or a massive amount of space, Hydroponics is by far the most efficent approach in growing plants and vegitation. Below we outline the various types of Hydroponic Systems, and how they might fit you!

Different Types of Hydroponics

Deep Water Culture

Deepwater Culture hydroponic system 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. It's vital to prevent light from hitting the inside of your system, as it can cause algae to grow.

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

A hydroponic drip system is a very simple idea. 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 draining medium, such as Rockwool, coconut coir, or peat moss (recommended). You can also use a faster draining medium, although you will have to use a faster dripping emitter.

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.


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.

Why Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is an amazing choice for all types of growers, ranging from farmers to homegrowers. This approach is effective because it gives you the ability to control the variables that effect how well your plants grow. A fine tuned and maintained hydroponic system can easily rise above a soil based system in plant quality and amount of produce provided.

If you're looking to grow the best fruits, vegetables, or plants possible, then hydroponics is the best choice to go with. It may seem alot to handle at first, but we have you covered. Give us a call or visit our store Landale Gardens and we can get you started on what you need.

Get Started NOW!

Landale Gardens can help you get started immediately. Visit us now to get all of the equiptment and materials needed. We can provide you with training and tutorials in an effort to help make the process eaiser.

Landale Gardens will soon be able to accomodate set-up service, and hydroponics equiptment rental. Check back soon to get more information.