Flood and Drain / Ebb and Flow Systems

What is a flood and drain system ?
A flood and drain system works by temporarily flooding the grow bed with the nutrient solution from the reservoir, and then returning to the reservoir. The flooding process can be done in one of two ways, either with a submerged pump, timer unit and drain or by using a circulating pump and a bell siphon.

What do i use to grow my plants in ?
The grow bed is typically filled with LECA  a lightweight grow medium.

A basic flood and drain setup diagram

What can i grow in a flood and drain system ?
Most plants and vegetables will grow in a flood and drain setup, commonly tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and herbs to name a few.

Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes and peppers

What components are used in a flood and drain system ?
The flood and drain system will use a reservoir for the nutrient, a circulating pump to deliver to nutrient, an optional airpump and airstone for extra oxygen in the nutrient solution, a grow bed filled with LECA and a bell siphon for drainage.