Drip Systems

What is a hydroponic Drip Systems ?
Hydroponic drip systems are simple and commonly used. The system features a single growbed or multiple grow bucketsw, filled with LECA or a perlite / vermiculite mix, and a nutrient delivery system via drip lines feeding the plants. The system can either be recovery or non-recovery. Both types require an air pump with an airstone for oxygen delivery, and a water pump to deliver the nutrient via the drip lines.

Drip system diagram

Recovery Setups ?
In a recovery system the nutrient will be delivered to the plants and then returned to the nutrient reservoir via the drain in the grow bed, then recycled.  A recovery system will save on water usage and the nutrients in system need to be monitored so that they are at optimum strength and balance for the plants.

To Waste or non recovery type ?
With a non-recovery / to waste system, once the nutrient has been delivered to the plants the excess will exit the grow bed to a waste tank. The monitoring of the nutrient solution is minimal due to the fact that the nutrient is not cycled back into the reservoir, but pH and EC readings should be taken prior to feeding to maintain healthy growth.

What can i grow ?
Most plants and vegetables will grow in a drip system for example cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers and herbs to name a few.

Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes and peppers
What are the components used in a drip system ?
In a drip system a main reservoir is used for the nutrient, an optional airpump and airstone for oxygen, a circulating pump which delivers the nutrient to a manifold which intern feeds the plants via the drip lines. The grow beds can either be multiple buckets or a large singular grow bed filled with LECA.