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The Hydroponics Wick System Explained

By Gilbert Hernandez

The hydroponics wick system is a simple, mostly hands off type of hydroponics gardening system. It is simply a pot with some wicks hanging out of it into a reservoir. The reservoir is filled with a nutrient solution and wicked up into the pot to feed the roots of your plant.

While many different applications of the hydroponics wick system are available this set of instructions are very basic and simple to implement. The required materials consist of two buckets of equal size, a nylon rope or other fibrous material, soil or other grow medium, and some water.

The first thing you will need to do is cut some holes in the bottom of one of the buckets. The holes need to be just big enough to fit the wick through. Four holes should be plenty, for four wicks. The wicks need to be long enough to fit the entire height of the bucket and to hang down long enough to reach the bottom of the second bucket when they are stacked on top of one another.

This step is the transplanting step. Make sure to use the proper technique specific to your chosen plant. You will need to take each rope and string it along the inside of the bucket that has the holes in it. The rope needs to go through the holes and to the top. It can be held in place by the grow medium you chose for your plant.

Finally, you will place water in the second bucket and stack the first bucket on top of it. Be sure that you place all of the wicks into the water. The wicks will then begin soaking, drawing water up to the roots of your plant and will keep the soil moist as long as you keep the bucket full of water.

To avoid root rot, or simply drowning your plants, and to avoid a flood you must fill the bucket with the proper amount of water. If the water level is too high the soil will remain soaked and if it is too low you will end up with inefficient water supply to the roots.

That should give you the basic idea of the hydroponic wick system. There are many different tweaks you could give it to suit your specific situation. The idea remains the same, use a wick to draw water from a reservoir to keep the roots adequately watered. Some gardeners use a fertilized grow medium and plain water while others choose a low nutrient medium and add nutrients to the reservoir. Each method works well it just depends on what you have to work with.

As you can see the idea is the same, use a wick to keep the plants root system fed. The techniques are just adjusted based on the facts mentioned earlier, space, experience level, and available supplies. Get out there and try a few things out, and remember to be patient. Happy Gardening!

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Hernandez, Gilbert "The Hydroponics Wick System Explained." The Hydroponics Wick System Explained. 3 Jul. 2010. 17 Oct 2014 <>.

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