Highly Recommended Hydroponic Starter Sets And Kits Reviews
Hydroponics refers to an agro technology whereby plants are grown using mineral nutrient solutions as opposed to traditional soil dependent agriculture.
The use of inert medium such as gravel or perlite is usually applied.
As the world population increases, there is more demand for food whereas arable land is fast diminishing, thus the need for such technology.
1. General Hydroponics Go Box Starter Kit – Organic Fertilizer
The product is amazing as its use often does wonders for your plants.
It is good for use with both hydroponics as well as the soil medium.
However, it is worth noting that this particular product does not do so well with deep water culture when used for hydroponics.
By the virtue of being on the Go Box line of products, as far as hydroponics is concerned, it is an indication that the organic fertilizer yields maximum results when applied to soil gardening, since the products on this line are for soil enrichment.
When applying to hydroponics, it is worth noting that this product is fed to the medium and not directly to the plant.
This is because, with organic matter, it is dependent on beneficial bacteria to break down the nutrients.
For beginners, I would advise that you test this product with soil medium to get its optimum benefits.
2. Hydrofarm Germination Station with Heat Mat
We must say this kind of invention proves that technology keeps getting better by the day.
My experience with the hydro farm was not so rosy at the beginning.
My main concern was the damping off.
With an enclosed environment, it is ideal for fungus thus can be quite disappointing with the damping off.
We did not fancy introducing fungicide in my system thus Captan and OxiDate were not an option.
However, the discovery about cinnamon helped my venture.
All you have to do is sprinkle some cinnamon on your trays and wipe off the condensation regularly and this will take care of the damping off.
The light on this system is just adequate for my seedlings and the heating pads are doing an awesome job.
With the hydro farm, you can never go wrong on seed germination regardless of the season.
3. Hydrofarm Foot Jump Start Grow Light System
- Easily adjustable light height for growing plants
- Great for African violets, other houseplants and for getting an early start with...
- Sturdy, durable and energy efficient
With just a screwdriver, we were able to set up my kit without a hustle.
The good thing is that the company provides the pulley system already assembled hence the rest is just but a ride in the park.
Did we mention that the bulb is just awesome?
With low heat emission, it promotes overall plant growth hence without a doubt, we can confidently state that it is efficient.
All you have to do is place the light a few inches from the plants to ensure optimum lighting.
Although we wouldn’t term it industrial grade, the light fixture is quite satisfactory and the stand is sturdy, that is if you manage to assemble it correctly.
There are better products on the market, but you can’t find one at the price of the Hydrofarm JSV2 2-Foot as well as its efficient power consumption.
4. General Hydroponics Rapid Rooter Replacement Plugs
- Rapid rooter plugs are fortified with general hydroponic micronutrients for...
- The optimal air-to-water ratio within the plug matrix results in explosive early...
- Use rapid rooter for robust early rooting that supports explosive plant growth
For someone who has used rock wool and understand the challenges and disappointments with that, then they will join me in heaping praises for the rapid rooter replacement plugs.
The product is delivered having already been soaked in a special nutrient solution, making it ideal for promoting vital root growth.
However, like all artificial medium, the conditions are a bit excessive and the plants are not in the normal condition.
Therefore, responsibility befalls you to ensure that the conducive environment is achieved for best results.
This means you have to monitor the plugs and squeeze out any excess hydration out.
This will ensure that the moisture oxygen mixture available is just right for seed propagation and healthy root growth.
Failure to do this will result in rotten shoots and no roots whatsoever.
Ps: On the other hand you can also check out General Hydroponics Rapid Rooter Tray with 50 cell tray & plugs.
5. Stealth Hydroponics DWC Basic Kit
This is one product we don’t have much respect for. What you see is definitely not what you get.
For starters, we regard the product a total failure due to its notoriously leaking valves.
All the water you put ends up down the drain as the valves are non-functional. We would prefer they weren’t there in the first place.
Secondly, all the photos advertising this product shows the stones filling up the basket but what is supplied does not even fill 2/3 of the container.
Packaging also seems to be a challenge for this product.
None of the plastic bottles is packaged in polythene. The plastic itself is very thin as well.
To add salt to injury, the plastics and the stones are all packaged together such that by the time the product got to me, most of the chemicals were leaking as a result of perforated containers.
6. FoxFarm Dirty Dozen Starter Kit
Great product to use. The fact that it is multiple nutrients in a single box in itself is a thrill.
We were very glad to find practically everything we needed in one packaging.
What is also encouraging is the fact that the products also work. The nutrients are very effective in promoting plant growth.
We however had a slight hitch with the instructions.
The products are very strong and when we used them as labelled, some of my plants burned but with only a half of the labelled dose, my plants are doing perfectly.
Perhaps the manufacturer could revise the dosage prescribed.
All in all, this is a great product in the market.
7. The NEW C.A.P EBB-12 EBB & GRO 12 Site Hydroponic Systems + Starter Kit Nutrients CAP
The NEW C.A.P EBB-12 comes partially assembled and the rest is quite easy, bearing in mind the instructions are included as well.
The system is quite low maintenance thus very pocket-friendly.
It is also a very good deal on the cost of a greatly engineered product.
We consider it easily expandable from the base unit.
We must commend the designers and producers for paying great attention to detail.
We can recommend this product to anyone who hasn’t tested it yet.
Last update on 2019-06-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API