Growing with hydroponics in the grow box


There has been some major changes since I started the plants above in my cheap DIY hydroponic setup about a month ago.  Since then I have added a couple of pepper plants I saved from thinning.  I must say the plants are doing better than I expected.  I am still using the same homemade nutrient solution, 2 pumps of liquid plant fertilizer and half a teaspoon of Epsom Salts. 

The sickly plant on the bottom left is a cloning experiment which is not going great but the plant is growing roots and apparently surviving.


Some views from below:



6 Responses to “Growing with hydroponics in the grow box”

  1. Red Icculus Says:

    The plants looks great. The leaves have a great green color and the roots are bright white. The only suggestion I would have is to increase the light intensity, as the nodes are a little stretched.Your design is great. Keep us updated!

  2. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    I should have elevated them a little more when I started. I probably need to add an extra CFL in my box if I want to make the peppers produce in there.

  3. Hydroponica Says:

    Nice looking unit you’ve got there, very compact and efficient.The only thing I’d add would be to cover the clear parts with something light-proof. The best way to fix algae is not to grow any in the first place.

  4. Scott Says:

    A suggestion for algae – something that I learned and saw here in Cleveland at the local Farm Park – they have a large hydroponic system, and at the water collection tank (where all the run off goes, (as they use a pump system), they have fish. The fish eat the algae, poop into the water, and the fish-poop enriched water is then recirculated into the root systems. it works great – the fish were healthy and the plants (tomatoes) were already a couple feet tall in March – they were planted in Jan i believe, in their hydroponic green house.

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