Best Hydroponic Supplies and Grow Equipment 2017

Make Sure Your Hydroponics System Is Doing The Best It Can: The Best Supplies You Can Buy.

In most cases, hydroponic systems remove the need for soil. The reason for this is that whilst plants themselves breath carbon dioxide, the root systems actually breath oxygen. The more oxygen they can get, the faster and stronger they grow.

So when you decide that you want to take the hydroponic route, you need to give serious considerations to what grow equipment you are going to use. Since you’ve decided to invest in a hydroponics system, as opposed to more traditional soil options, you might as well make sure that your investment is going to pay off.

This also means making sure that you have the right indoor growing supplies and accessories to help you start-up, or keep on going. This article is going to look at just that. Beginning with a look at what different types of accessories are available, then covering the brands available out there, and finishing with a look at the top five most important and indispensable grow room supplies you are going to need for your hydroponics system.


What Should I Be Looking For?

Kits

Ok, so you don’t want to buy everything separately, you just want an already together and complete kit. Well, kits are pretty easy to come by, and a lot of companies make them. If you’re looking for a small one, the Deep Water Culture (DWC) can be a great option, but if you’re looking for something a little more complicated, the General Hydroponics GH4720 is probably your best bet (although a little pricey). Buying a hydroponics kit gets rid of most of the fuss involved in assembling something yourself. However, you should note that there are a few things missing from these kits if you want to get really professional. If you want to take things to the next level, you usually need to invest in a grow tent, some lights, fans and filters, fertilizers and of course grow equipment for controlling the PH level the plants are exposed to.

Grow Tents

Not all plants need grow tents, but they sure do make things a lot easier. Controlling the internal environment with a grow tent is much easier, and making sure that tropical or warm climate plants feel at home becomes as simple as a flick of a light switch.

Grow tents tend to make use of reflective coatings on the inside and light systems to make sure that the plants are receiving enough light for that all important photosynthesis. They also incorporate room for fans and filters to keep the air clean and as pure as possible. If you’re looking to produce the best possible plants you can, then a grow tent is indispensable. Two of the best manufacturers of grow tents out there are Vivosun Horticulture and Apollo Horticulture. If you really want to splurge then it’s a good idea to look at Gorilla, but if you want to save some money then Yaheetech are one of the better budget options around.

Lights

Lights are just as important as a grow tent itself. If you decide to go with a grow tent then you are going to need to install lights or your plants won’t get enough energy. If your plants don’t get light, then they won’t be able to photosynthesize and so they won’t be able to grow.

Usually, you’re going to want to buy something which is around 1000 watts. This wattage is going to keep your plants in excellent shape and really offer them the richest environment there is. However, you need to remember that running something with this much power is going to cost a lot on energy bills. Make sure that you’re aware of the running costs before going into it.

Fans

Why invest in a fan? Investing in fans is going to mean that the air is cleaner and easier for the plants to breath. You can maximize the amount of carbon dioxide available to the plants so that they can photosynthesize faster, or you can make sure that bad odors don’t leak into the rest of your house. Whatever you want fans for, they are a great addition to any indoor farm and hydroponics kit.

Extra

So you’ve gotten all the indoor grow equipment ready, everything set up and you can just leave the plants to it right? Well, actually…
Investing in a few extras for the upkeep of your plants isn’t going to hurt, and it’s going to mean that the end result is much better than if you go without. Simple kits can be bought which help you to monitor and control the PH levels in the water. This means that your plants will be able to drink and use the water much more easily than if it is too acidic or too alkaline. Another good extra to consider is some dedicated fertilizer or feed for your plants. These little things will make your plants healthier and happier and grow faster and to a better quality.


Brands

Picking the right brand can be the difference between having a kit which doesn’t do what it says it will do, and having a kit which can exceed those expectations. This is especially true when dealing with living things such as plants. If you want them to stay alive and thrive to the best of their ability, you’re going to want to make sure that the brands you’re using also want that for them. Here is a list of five of the more trustworthy and reliable brands out there.

Vivosun Horticulture

Vivosun Horticulture is one of the main fixtures when it comes to hydroponics systems. They manufacture and distribute advanced timers, specialized hydroponic systems, fan boosters, premium insulation, humidifiers and more. Vivosun Horticulture has been seen as being consistently reliable and their products tend to receive glowing reviews from customers. Overall, Vivosun Horticulture is a reliable and trusted the brand to choose if you’re looking to move to hydroponics. Apollo Horticulture and Vivosun Horticulture are very similar in terms of products offered and quality.

Apollo Horticulture

Apollo Horticulture is very similar to Vivosun Horticulture. The two brands distribute the same products with similar quality. The differences are mainly aesthetic, so deciding which brand you should go with is usually down to what colors and looks you want.

IPower

IPower specializes in making lights for hydroponic systems. They have a huge range of lighting options, right from smaller, more conventional bulbs to high powered LED racks. As said before, lighting is one of the most important things when it comes to making a decent hydroponics set, and IPower is one of the best options there are. Overall, if you’re looking to invest in a lighting system, then anything made by IPower is probably going to be a good bet.

Powergrow Systems

Powergrow systems are certainly not the most technological out there. They do not incorporate fancy designs or advanced systems for growing plants. They do, however, have a stable and powerful system for reliably growing plants time and time again.

For example, the Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bucket has shown to work for countless users and doesn’t need a lot of the extra grow supplies other hydroponic kits do. Sure, you aren’t going to end up with the best possible plant you can, but it will be pretty close.

Moreover, the price tag on Powergrow systems’ products is much lower than much of the competition.

General Hydroponics

General Hydroponics specialize in making the extra stuff you need to really make the most of a hydroponics system. PH control kits, fertilizers, and tubing are some of the things which General Hydroponics supply. Their products are reliable and useful, with genuinely good quality. They produce noticeably different results than when you don’t use them and can help to make sure that your plants are as happy as they can be.

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