Basics of Aeroponic and Hydroponic Systems
For those who feel lacking in the DIY skills department, or who simply don’t have the time or inclination to set up their own system, there are some very effective pre-made / predesigned aeroponic and hydroponic systems for rooting and growing your clones.
One of the more affordable, and simple, setups available is the cloner bucket available from Bloom Brothers. Available for sale online and through retailers like Amazon, the Bloom Brothers Cloner Bucket is a pretty affordable aeroponic system that is easy to setup, easy to use, and delivers reliable results time and time again.
With room for 18 plants, the Bloom Brothers bucket comes with just about everything you need to start cloning with aeroponics, including 18 neoprene inserts for use in place of net pots. The Bloom Bucket is 3.5 gallons and also comes with 15ml of Clonex rooting gel.
For a more immersed growing environment, you can also set up a bubble bucket for a single plant. Alternatively, there are several small-scale hydroponic setups available to the amateur grower, so if you want to experiment with a hydroponic setup without investing a huge amount of money in a larger grow, here are some great, small-scale hydroponic setups:
The DWC Basic Kit from Stealth Hydroponics is, as its title states, an entry-level, basic kit for those who want to experiment with deep water culture (DWC) hydroponic growing. With this kit you’ll get everything you need except the plant and lights.
Available from online retailers including Amazon for as little as $40., the DWC Basic Kit comes with a 4-gallon reservoir, a tight-fitting lid, 4 net pots, an air pump and ceramic air stone for keeping the water oxygenated and a downloadable PFD with detailed instructions of how to set up and use the simple system.
Another great kit from Stealth Hydroponics is the Bucketeer DWC kit. Designed for growing a single plant at a time, this little kit comes with a deep, 5-gallon bucket to hold your water and nutrient solution, as well as an air pump, a ceramic air stone and clay pellets for use as your rooting medium. All you’ll need to get started growing great bud is your seedling and proper lights.
Alternatively, with $15 – $30 of materials from Home Depot, Lowes or Walmart, you can put together your own bubble bucket or single-plant DWC bucket.