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Drip systems

Drip systems are common in European hydroponics cultivation. This is an excellent way to grow plants hydroponically. Plants are fed individually by a connection of feeding tubes, which is connected to a pump. The pump is controlled by a timer which is activated at a pre-set time.

E.g.: Run (twice) per hour for (twelve) hours delivering (one quart) of water per feeding.

Drip systems come in different styles. Some systems are modular in design allowing you to place the containers in different areas or spread them out for light to reach each plant completely. This is especially useful when growing large plants. Others are not as flexible and does not offer the freedom to space plants.

One notable benefits of using a drip system is that it helps reduce the possibility of a bacteria or fungal infection. Most low-pressure drip systems (consumer focused) recycle the nutrient solution by draining it back to the reservoir for reuse.

Drip systems can be fitted with a drip emitter for each plant allowing the gardener to adjust the amount of solution per plant. A drip tray may be placed under each row of plants, sending the solution back to the reservoir. In the early days of hydroponics, the extra solution was leached out into the ground.

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Additional notes:
Although drip systems are an efficient technique for growing plants, there's one draw back from using this type of system. The drippers sometimes gets clogged from slat build up from the nutrient solution. If this should happen, your plants roots will dry and the plants will die. It doesn't take long for the plants to die should the root dry out. Therefore this is a problem that would require your immediate attention.

Drip systems are not recommended for beginners. This system needs detailed attention and requires you to test the Ph and CF level of the solution in the tank and the rockwool medium, typically, on a daily basis. Should both test results vary in Ph and CF you have to adjust the system and retake the test until the solution is stabilized. Because Rockwool absorbs salts from the nutrient solution, it is advised that you flush the system with plain tap water every two weeks to wash out excess salt.

This article courtesy of www.hydroponicsearch.com

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