Traditionally growers have germinated seeds and cuttings in a jar. That was hydroponics in its simplest form! Hydroponics is not only fun for people but, in some regions of the world, the only way of fulfilling their gardening desires. Indoor hydroponic growing not only provides the plants with all the nutrients required for growth but also shields them from extreme climatic conditions. Roots are generally very dense in hydroponics and well-developed roots translate to healthy plants. You can use a hydroponic bubbler for directly feeding your plants’ roots the things they require most like water, nutrients, and oxygen, that too effectively. Many average gardeners, who often use more low-tech methods of hydroponic gardening and plant propagation, have used simple hydroponic bubbler system to aerate the nutrient solution. When plants get what they want, you get the best out of your plants year round, flowering and fruiting longer than if they were growing on soil outside.
Hydroponic bubblers are used in water culture system wherein the plants are placed directly above aerated nutrient solution. However, one bubbler system is distinct from the other depending upon the nature of water culture employed; the basic concept remains the same. Economical hydroponic bubblers are very simple to construct and easy to use. It makes use of plastic net cups, air tubes, buckets and lids that you can find at any nearby store. You would also need some air stones or an ordinary aquarium aerator pump. Apart from these, you would require growing media like rockwool or perlite.
First, cut a hole at the centre of the lid of a bucket according to the size of your grow container making sure the net pot should fit comfortably. This is done so that the roots can easily draw water through the holes. Now place the aquarium pump at the bottom of the bucket, which acts as a reservoir, and adjust the water pump rate. Tape some air tubes to the sidewalls and let it reach to the top of your bucket. Carefully set your plants into your net pot filling it with grow medium and then shift it to the cut holes in lids. Fill the reservoir with water and organic nutrients according to the mentioned directions and place this whole system where plants can receive appropriate light.
With these hydroponic bubblers, you can grow all different types of plants in your hydroponic system, from flowers to cucumbers to strawberries. You would need some elementary supplies, little time, and loads of enthusiasm for creating your own beautiful hydroponics garden.