DIY Hydroponics: DWC Bucket
DIY hydroponics systems doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming, or complicated. In fact, it is possible to build an effective hydroponic system yourself. Let’s take a look at one of the easiest, most effective DIY hydroponics systems to build: the DWC Bucket.
DWC buckets are a popular choice for DIY hydroponics growers for a few reasons; They are extremely easy to make, portable, cheap, and are extremely effective hydroponic systems. The principle of the DWC bucket is simple – to provide aerated, nutrient rich water to plants which sit on top of the bucket’s lid. The roots constant access to this water provides an enviornment that stimulates growth. The effectiveness of this hydroponic system can be seen with the huge amount of roots it produces. In this DIY Hydroponics systems article, we’ll show you how you can build your very own DWC bucket hydroponic system.
One 5 – 10 Gallon Black Bucket
One Aquarium Air Pump w Air Tube
One Air stone
A few Net Pots
Growing Medium (Rockwool, Hydroton, Marbles, etc)
Ph Tester (Strips, Meter)
(Optional) Aquarium Heater
Something that can cut a bucket
Total Cost: Under $100
Determine how many plants you are planning to grow. A bucket lid can hold as many as 5 small pots, but plants do quickly grow. Take into account the amount of space that the finished plant will take. Trace the pot size over the bucket lid. Make sure not to trace the hole too big – you don’t want the pot falling through. Arrange the pot locations in a spacious fashion. Cut out the holes.
Make a small hole for the air pump tube to pass through the bucket’s lid. This tube will provide the necessary air for your plants. Connect the air stone to the other end.
Prepare your growing medium for insertion. This may require presoaking or cleaning. Place your growing medium into the pot, and insert the pots into the bucket’s lid. The pot should reach underneath the bucket’s lid.
After cleaning your bucket out, fill it up with water. The water level should reach one inch over the pot’s bottom. You may need to remove chlorine from your water supply depending on where you live.
Treat your water with the proper hydroponic nutrients necessary for your plants. Measure this with a Ph tester.
Step 6: (optional)
If you have a heater, adjust it’s heat settings appropriate to your plant’s requirements.
That’s it. You now have a working hydroponic system ready to grow your choice of plants. Make sure to constantly monitor your DWC bucket’s water levels and ph and adjust as necessary. This is one of the most simplest yet effective hydroponic systems that you can build yourself.
If you need more help, check out this DIY Hydroponics video on how to build your own DWC Bucket hydroponic system: