3 Glass Bottles (or 3 similar plant holding vesicles)
From Home Depot
- 10 Foot Double Loop Chain ($5)
- 1 – 1/8″ Quick Link ($2.24)
- 2 – 1/8″ ‘S’ Hooks ($1.18 4 pack)
- 18 Gage Wire ($3)
- 5 Gallon Pot, with no holes in bottom ($10)
From SD Hydro
- 1 Eco 132 Submersible Pump ($11.79)
- 5 Foot- 3/8″ Poly Tubing ($1.30)
- 3″ – 1/4″ Poly Tubing ($0.13)
- 1 – 1/4″ Vari Flow Valve ($.50)
- 3 – 3″ Net Cups ($1.26)
- Growstones ($28, or since you only need about 3 cups of stones, ask your local hydro store for samples. Most of the time they will be more than willing to give you some from their store-use supply).
1. For the first step you will need your 10 foot chain, wire, wire cutters, and the bottles.
2. Fold the chain in the middle, so that there are two 5 foot lengths.
3. Cut a 2 1/2 foot piece of wire. Take one your bottles and have someone hold it at the desired height. Remember that you will have three bottles. Wrap the cut piece of wire around the neck of the bottle and through the chains (See picture to the right). Be sure to t I wrapped the wire around about 4 times, to make sure the bottle would be secure.
4. Next, cut 3 foot piece of wire. Wrap the wire around the top of the bottle in the same fashion as you did with the bottom (See picture below).
5. Repeat with the other two bottles, working down the chain. I left about 5 inches of space in between the bottles.
6. Now that all the bottles are attached to the chain, its time to start working on the pump. Gather the reservoir, the tubing, the pump and the valve for the next steps.
7. Attach the 1/4″ piece of tubing to the vari flow valve. This is going to be your drip system. Attach the drip system to one end of the 3/8″ tubing. Then, Attach the open end of the 3/8″ tubing to the submersible pump.
8. Fill up your reservoir with water. Attach submersible pump to side at highest possible point. The tubing should go up the back of the bottles. The end of the tubing should stop about two inches above the top bottle. You may need to work with the tubing a bit to make the drip system hang stay in place.
9. At this point, you can plug in your pump. Make sure the bottles are all lined up so water is dripping from the top bottle, through the bottom two, and into the reservoir. If this is all working well, it is time to add your plants!
10. Place a net cup in each of the bottles. Take your plants (we made cutting of plants we had in the store and rooted them in our EZ Clone) and place inside the net cups. Fill in the excess space with Growstone.
11. At this point, your system should be up and running. Let it run for a couple day before adding any nutrients or intense lighting, as the plants need time to recover from the transplanting process. After a couple days, you will need to add some hydroponic nutrients to your system to ensure your plants survive.