Want to grow just one or two large plants? Then bucket hydroponics, or the "Bucket Bubbler" is for you! A bucket hydroponic setup is very popular for growing a few large specimens in small spaces. They are simple and cheap to build, low maintenance, and the plants love it.
The Bucket Bubbler is a combination aeroponics/deep water culture system, and we have gotten some very impressive results from it. I always keep one growing in my office, as I love the soothing "water sounds".
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
plant sits in a net pot (or growpot with lots of drainage holes in it)
which is suspended over a bucket of aerated nutrient solution. The roots
grow through the drainage holes, reaching into the solution below. It
eventually forms a large "root ball" in the bottom of the bucket.
Note, there is a link at the end of the series to a nice printable booklet of the process!
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HOW TO BUILD A BUCKET BUBBLER SYSTEM
work great for one or two large “specimen plants”. They can support a
slow-growing plant like a fig for the long-term. There is plenty of room
in the 5-gallon bucket for a large root mass, which means a large plant
will thrive in it.
Bucket bubblers are super easy to construct and get growing, and they are too cool! I love them and keep one going at all times in my office.
Most of the needed materials are available from Home Depot or the hardware store. A couple items must come from a hydroponics supplier (but we tell you a good source).
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