DIY Aeroponic System

The Final Product:

Step 1:  Shopping List
Step 2:  Measure and drill for net pot holes
Step 3:  Measure, drill and install outflow drain
Step 4:  Measure, drill and install inflow tubing
Step 5:  Cut and install spray hose guides
Step 6:  Measure, cut and install spray hose (either with or without spray heads)
Step 7:  Install tube ends (fence post caps)
Step 8:  Prepare reservoir

Step 1:  Shopping list for a 3 tube system (9 holes each tube)

3 – 4″ x 4″ x 6′ Fence Posts (about $14 each at Home Depot)
6 – Fence post end caps (about $2 each at Home Depot)
3 – 1″ PVC male flush bushings (about $1 each at Home Depot)
3 – 1″ PVC female adapter (threaded on one side and slip on the other)  (about $1 each at Home Depot)
1 – 10′ long 1″ PVC pipe (about $3 at Home Depot)
2 – 1″ PVC elbows (about $1 each at Home Depot)
1 – 1″ PVC 4-way (about $1 each at Home Depot)
27 – 3″ net pots (about $0.50 each at Atlantis Hydroponics)

need to add tubing, guides, grommets, adapters for tubing/intake

Step 2:  Measure and drill for net pot holes

Each tube is made from a 4″ x 4″ by 6′ vinyl fence post with two end caps.  (about $16 at Home Depot).

We use 3″ net pots for strawberries so our holes are relatively close together.  There are nine 2 3/4″ openings spaced 5″ apart.

We invested in a hole bit for our drill just to make life easier.  (The picture before shows round PVC we tried on our first aeroponics system.  The square fence posts are much easier to work with!)

Step 3:  Measure, drill and install outflow drain

Now you need to drill holes for the inflow and outflow water tubes.  The outflow tube will go on the underside of the tube.

We used a ___ drill bit and then cleaned up the hole with a dremel sanding bit.

The outflow is made up of a 1″ flush bushing (below on left) set on the inside (with a gasket) with the threads on the outside.  A female adapter (below on right) is then screwed on to the male threads (also with a gasket).  (The center picture shows the two pieces together for illustrative purposes.)

The image below shows the outflow once its installed.

Step 4:  Measure, drill and install inflow tubing

The inflow can be seen on the left-hand side of the above picture.

Back later to type more…


Aeroponic Strawberries

Having completed our first aeroponic system,

we decided we would try strawberries as one of the plants.  We went to Home Depot and purchased 10 guardian strawberry cuttings for $5.97.  When I opened the packaging, they looked like nothing more than sticks and dirt.  We planted them in net pots with hydroton, and after 48 hours they were greening up and producing really great root shoots.

Understanding Indoor Grow Lights

There are lots of specialty grow lights which carry specialty grow light costs.

You can use non-specialty artificial lights to grow plants indoors.  Lights in the “blue” (6400+ k) range are used for the vegetative growth stage.  Lights in the “red” (2700k) range are used for the flowering stage.

You can examine both standard and compact fluorescent bulbs to see what color range they emit.

During vegetative growth, plants should have up to 18 hours of light per day.  When flowering, plants should have about 12 hours of light per day.

Maximum Yield has an excellent technical article on this topic.  The second part of this article is found here

DIY Aeroponic System…First try

Note:  We ended up using square fence posts instead of round PVC…much easier to work with.  The technique is the same…just a different material.  Will post pictures, cost, and directions later.

10 foot long 4″ PVC pipe cut into thirds.  ($10 at Home Depot)

We chose 3″ net pots for tomatoes and strawberries.

Drill holes in pipe.

The tubing inside of the PVC pipe is from tubing used for sprinkler systems.