6 Best Hydroponic Systems for Growing Vegetables Indoors

6 Best Hydroponic Systems for Growing Vegetables Indoors

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Starting your own indoor vegetable garden can be as complicated or as easy as you’d like to make it. Vegetable gardens can take up space, time, and your attention, if you want to see them really flourish. The best hydroponic systems provide the perfect amount of nutrients to your garden with the least amount of effort. They can also help to care for your plants with less work from you.

Taking Care of Your Plants' Basic Needs

All plants need light, water, and nutrients to be able to grow. To thrive at their maximum potential, they need these things on a regular schedule. Forgetting to water your plants or not providing them with ample sunlight will result in a sickly garden. And your plants will be unable to produce delicious, edible herbs and vegetables. Hydroponic gardening systems can take care of all these needs for you. Many of these systems have timers, reminders, and interactive touch screens. These features will help you take care of your garden and do nearly all the work for you.

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AeroGarden Hydroponic Kits

The AeroGarden brand has every level of hydroponic system you could want. They group their models into 5 different families. These include the Farm models with 24 grow pods, Bounty with 9 pods, Harvest (6 pods), and Sprout (3 pods). They also offer the small, colorful Herbie system, which has two pods and is intended for young gardeners ages 6+. So, there are several AeroGarden models to choose from, but they all feature grow lights ranging from 10W – 60W.

AeroGarden Farm 24Plus

The AeroGarden Farm 24Plus is a versatile hydroponic garden that allows you to grow 24 different types of herbs, veggies, or flowers simultaneously and year-round. It features two fully customizable 60W LED grow lights that provide the full spectrum of light necessary for plants to grow up to five times faster than in soil.

An automatic timer ensures the lights operate at optimal times, while a digital screen alerts you when to add water and plant food. WiFi connectivity enables remote monitoring and control of your garden. The system offers an adjustable grow height of 24 inches and can be stacked with other Farm gardens to maximize vertical gardening potential. The kit includes two Salad Bar Seed Pod Kits with a variety of lettuce, herb, and tomato pods.

Harvest by AeroGarden Indoor Garden

The Harvest models from AeroGarden are two levels down from the large Farm models.  They’re much smaller and quite a bit more affordable. You can grow up to 6 plants within the adjustable 12” grow space under the 20W LED grow light. These kits come in a variety of colors making them easy to match with the decor of your kitchen.

The control panel on this machine tells you when you need to add water or nutrients. And the lights will turn on and off with a convenient timer. Each grow kit comes with a variety of different seed pods and a small supply of liquid plant food.

Hydroponic Pipe Kits

Looking for a way to maximize your indoor vegetable garden space? Try using vertical hydroponic pipe kits to stack rows of plants one on top of the other, allowing you to grow a larger garden in a smaller space. While these kits may not be as sleek or shiny as AeroGarden kits, they offer more room for growth and are a great option for those who want to maximize their indoor gardening potential.

DreamJoy Hydroponic Grow Kit

The DreamJoy hydroponic grow kit comes with 10 pipes, containing 9 grow spots each. This gives you enough sites to grow up to 90 plants. The grow sites are 3” apart which will give your plants a decent amount of space to grow. A 110V water pump, planting sponge, and 4’ hose are also included in this kit.

The seeds need to be sprouted within the planting sponge. Then they’re transplanted into the hydroponic tubes once they reach the appropriate stage of growth. This grow system should be placed near enough natural light to receive at least 4 hours of sun per day. Alternatively, grow lights can be used to supplement whatever natural light is available. This hydroponic system is perfect to help you grow the fastest, largest, and highest yielding indoor vegetable garden as possible.

VIVOSUN Wall-Mounted Hydroponic Grow Kit

The VIVOSUN Wall-Mounted Hydroponic Grow Kit offers a high-yield, soilless cultivation system using nutrient film techniques, doubling the production potential of crops while requiring less water and space compared to traditional soil cultivation. This kit features a timed circulation system that automatically sets the pump to operate for 5 minutes every 30 minutes, enhancing nutrient delivery and plant growth. 

Designed for simplicity, the kit is easy to assemble and suitable for both beginners and experienced gardeners, with no arable land required, making it perfect for indoor and outdoor settings. It includes 36 sites on food-grade PVC-U pipes for growing a variety of vegetables and plants. The kit comes complete with planting pipes, a water pump timer, and all necessary components, along with a 1-year warranty.

The Best Hydroponic Systems - Aquaponics Kits

Aquaponics combines aquaculture with hydroponics to create a symbiotic relationship between an indoor garden and the aquatic animals being raised. The waste from the fish or other aquatic creatures will provide your garden with the nutrients it requires.

Back to the Roots Indoor Aquaponic Garden

The Back to the Roots Indoor Aquaponic Garden offers a year-round water garden that allows you to grow a succulent or houseplant garden effortlessly, with everything included to get started. This convenient setup lets you harvest organic microgreens from your aquarium in just 10 days, creating a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food on top while the fish waste fertilizes the plants, purifying the water. 

It’s an ideal living home decor or thoughtful gift, equipped with a free STEM curriculum on aquaponic and hydroponic systems to engage and educate. The complete kit includes radish and wheatgrass seeds, water conditioner, growing medium, water dechlorinator, fish food, and a coupon for a fish, making it a comprehensive aquatic ecosystem.

AquaSprouts Garden

The AquaSprouts aquaponics garden is a self-sustaining aquarium and garden kit. The kit can fit over any standard 10-gallon aquarium. This creates a self-sustaining ecosystem as well as a beautiful visual display of life. A removable light bar, pump, and timer are included as well as a clay grow media to support the plants. Not only are your plants being fed and provided with light. Water in the aquarium is naturally recycled, so the only thing left to do is remember to feed the fish.

The Best Hydroponic Systems for Your Indoor Vegetable Garden

A hydroponic system will help give your vegetable garden constant access to the vital nutrients it needs for maximum yield. Many of these systems also provide your plants with the light they’ll need to grow. And often there’s no need for you to turn anything on or off. Some of these systems also give you reminders to alert you when to refill their water and nutrient reservoirs. You can have as much or as little control over your indoor vegetable garden as you’d like with hydroponic systems.

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