The wonderful world of hydroponics is constantly growing, with more and more people each day across the world choosing to take up the great growing method. However when it comes to hydroponics there are many different set-ups to choose from, for example some people choose wick systems and deep water culture systems, while others prefer drip hydroponic systems and flood and drain systems. If you are lover of IWS flood and drain hydroponics, today you’re in for a real treat. We are going to be providing some top tips for people with these systems, with the intention of enabling them to grow better and feel better!
Top tips for flood and drain growing
Use the right growing media. Of course the exact media that you will use will come down to personal preference, however it is better when people have a bit of an insight into the options available so that they can make the best, most informed decisions. It is vital for all to ensure that their media, or media mixes, contain either low – medium water holding capacity or high air filled porosity. If you want to flood frequently we would recommend using clay pebbles and if you would like to flood less frequently we would recommend for you to mix coco with your clay pebbles – this is something in which many growers do. Always keep in-between 5cm and 10cm of clay pebbles in the bottom of each pot though.
Get your flood cycle right. When it comes to flood cycle there are a number of factors that people need to take into consideration. These are flood frequency, flood height and flood duration.
Flood frequency: Flood frequency should be determined by growing media used, plant sizes, climate and water demand. If your growing media does not hold much water it is likely that you will have to flood more often than you would if your media held lots of water.
Flood height: Maximum flood height should never he higher than that of growing media! If when flooding the water goes over your pebbles or media, add more media – making sure that the growing media is not floating at any time.
Flood duration: Individual flood durations should never exceed ten minutes.
Keep your system clean. Like with most things, if you look after your hydroponic system, it will look after you. Regularly cleaned systems that are properly maintained are far less likely to encounter problems. Make sure that your float switches never become clogged, rinse your reservoir between each refill and remove any debris collected in your reservoir as soon as you see it.
These are only some of the tips available too! If you are the owner of one of these systems and would like further advice and guidance we would highly recommend contacting your supplier who should be more than happy to help you out –providing you with all of the knowledge that you require. Also be sure to read through your manual and instructions carefully, making sure that you adhere to these impeccably for the greatest results.