How To: Use a Hydroponic Seed Starter to produce seedlings

Use a Hydroponic Seed Starter to produce seedlings

Learn how to make and use a hydroponic seed starter to produce seedlings with this video tutorial. This is a very easy setup to make. Start with a basic metal shelving unit. Hang florescent lights above each of the shelves on the shelving unit. Make sure the lights are balanced for day time. Put a plastic container on each shelf that is about the size of the shelf and tall enough for the rim to sit just below the florescent light tubes. You will need some pecks tubing and some plastic clamps. There should be an inch of pea gravel in each plastic container for drainage. Set up a 55 gallon fish tank and run pecks tubing from a pump in the tank into each bin. Cut a round hole in the ends of the plastic bins to run the pecks tubing through. Also install a valve on the pecks tubing near the lid of the fish tank that will allow you to control the water flow to the plastic containers. Put the lighting on a timer that comes on at 7 a.m. and goes off at 7 p.m. that's how the light is balanced for day time. The water from the tank is also on a timer set to run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. That allows the water to circulate through the system twice in that hour. Once the system is set up check it periodically for leaks, make sure the timers are functioning, and that the electrical is functioning. Then just get your seeds set up and in the system and you are ready to go.

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