Plant Maintenance and Watering
Kick the Bucket Method
When you lightly 'kick' the container and it moves, then it is time to water the plant. When the pot feels light, it is time to water. Please see Step 2 for Plant food mixing instructions.
"911 call for water"
In hydroponics the plants can 'tell' you when to water, because they droop before wilting and serious damage occurs. If you come home and the plant is 'lying on the table', water immediately, the plant will recover in a couple of hours.
Note: Plants grown in traditional potting mix rarely recover after 'laying on the table'. Though waiting for this '911 call' is a bit stressful for the plant, in virtually all cases you can still save the hydroponic plant.
Experiment with a plant or two following the instructions in our user guide above . Once you are more familiar with hydroponics you may want employ one of the many self-watering systems that are available in the hydroponic stores.
Some ways to keep your plants healthy and happy are:
Locate plants for the correct amount of sunlight. Keep in mind that lunch-time sun light is strong, particularly coming through the window; plants located near windows may burn under such conditions
Setup a routine maintenance schedule. Here are some maintenance points to include in your routine:
Remove dead leaves and flowers
Water regularly, see maintenance and watering
Check for bugs and treat before infestation takes control of your plant
Check out our guide to Ebb and Flow Bucket Systems
Also check out our Ebb and Flow Bucket System comparison video