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Hydroponics Grow Systems - Ebb & Flow (Flood & Drain)

What is an ebb and flow system?

Ebb and flow hydroponic systems, also referred as flood and drain, are some of the more popular systems for indoor growing. These systems are known for its simplicity and great for newbies. But it will be foolish to say that growing in an ebb and flow hydroponics system is easy, as there is still a rather steep learning curve.

Once you get used to the ebb and flow grow system components, with few concepts , ebb and flow hydroponics systems can help cultivate some incredibly strong plants!

 

How does an ebb and flow hydroponics system work?

Similar to its name, an ebb and flow system flood's the root zone with nutrients, and slowly drain back into the reservoir. A water pump transports the nutrients into the flood table, along with a timer or controller which sets the flood and drain cycles. This happens 4-6 times a day, and the roots will soak in the nutrient solution for 10-15 minutes at a time.

Ebb and Flow Aeration

While the nutrient solution soaks the root zone during the flood cycle, the plants are not exposed to oxygen. For this reason, it is very important to ensure adequate oxygen in the hydroponic grow media. 

How to choose the best hydroponic ebb and flow system?

The number of plants with the budget, are a big deciding factor to choose a ebb and flow hydroponics system. For Most hobby growers 1-10 plants system will be sufficient. More serious or commercial growers looking to maximize the space of their warehouse or greenhouse can choose a system designed to grow more than 40 plants!


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