Tower hydroponics idea for strawberries

Androosky111May 16, 2014

Not sure if this system would work but it consists of stacked buckets using lids for support, filled with coco/perlite or a vermiculite/perlite mixture. Holes would be drilled in the sides of each bucket and strawberries or green leaf plants would be planted via the sides. The system would be fully modular so buckets could be added/removed or multiple towers could be added using the overflow reservoir. My only concern with the system would be if each bucket would be adequately watered through to each plant site, perhaps i could add drip lines to each bucket but that would complicate the system more then i would like. View the image for a better idea, my drawing may be bad so i apologize.

This post was edited by Androosky111 on Fri, May 16, 14 at 3:34

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SSZLAZ(usda zone 10)

Your system looks great, the only thing can happened wrong is the water distribution in each bucket, the water may find an easy channel throughout the stacking buckets and runs down quickly before wetting the medium in each bucket.
My suggestion is to use a shower head at the top of the buckets instead using drip nosels, in such a way that all the top surface of the upper bucket's medium becomes evenly wet, also make sure to reduce nutrient flow through the system.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 11:29AM
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BigJoe8504

If the holes in the bucket are horizontal, How do you keep the substrate and the water from pouring out? If they are angled, how do you ensure the drainage from the bucket above evenly distributed. what is the advantage to this as opposed to a 5 ft, piece of pipe, or several flanged pieces? Don't get me wrong I love the idea of it being modular, just not sure as to the benefits.

Note: just noticed that maybe you said you were going to fill buckets with substrate, if so, seems like a bit of a waste.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 5:15PM
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hex2006

Another option, no issues with coverage, no airpump, no water pump heating the res. Can be solar powered with a panel and a battery.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 7:57AM
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robert_1943

Hex I must try this as I was just sitting down to see how to make a vertical Hydroponic system.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 9:26PM
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hex2006

You need a reasonably large diameter tube or the mist wont have chance to develop into a cloud before it hits the wall. The nozzles in the drawing are arranged in a spiral fashion with 90 degree rotation on each, gravity will take the mist down and fill in the gaps.
Unlike the drawing, the plant sites should be staggered on each level so the roots dont align with the plant directly below. That allows twice the distance for the roots to grow downwards before they encrouch on the plant below. With the right mist, the roots will grow down but also out horizontally into the central space to access the mist.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 5:22AM
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