Introducing Bottleponics – an innovative system that combines the best elements of ebb and flow, deep water culture, and aeroponics into one highly effective setup perfect for small and large-scale operations.
Bottleponics draws inspiration from various hydroponic growing methods, such as Deep Water Culture, Ebb and Flow, and Aeroponics. By incorporating elements of these techniques, Bottleponics aims to provide an optimal growing environment for plants.
From Deep Water Culture, Bottleponics adopts the idea of submerging the roots in nutrient-rich water. This method provides a constant water supply and nutrients, promoting healthy root growth and development.
On the other hand, Ebb and Flow emphasize the importance of a balanced saturation level for the root system. Bottleponics incorporates this concept by regularly flooding and draining the roots, ensuring they are not over or under-saturated.
Aeroponics, the method of growing plants in the air, teaches us that roots do not necessarily need soil to thrive. Bottleponics incorporates this idea by suspending the roots in the air and providing them with a bath of water and nutrients.
All these methods are used in bottleponics to create an efficient and sustainable way of growing plants.
Bottleponics is designed to be sustainable and cost-effective. With no risk of root rot or air pumps running around the clock, this system uses less water and fewer nutrients than traditional hydroponic systems.
Bottleponics is also designed to be much shorter than a flood and drain setup on a table, making it perfect for smaller spaces. And the solution in Bottleponics aerates through movement, like a river, providing a more natural and effective way to oxygenate the roots.
But the real game-changer with Bottleponics is how it treats the roots – by “milking” them out, similar to aeroponics, this system provides maximum input for impressive crop output.
Introducing the power of oxygen!
As any experienced grower knows, oxygen is a crucial nutrient for healthy plant growth. And with our innovative system, you can give your plants the perfect amount of oxygen to achieve dense, bountiful yields.
The Bottleponics system uses five-gallon buckets as reservoirs and one-gallon buckets as grow chambers, making it scalable and efficient. This system yields faster growth and higher yields than traditional hydroponic methods. A parts checklist and recommended products are included. Try the Bottleponics system to experience the benefits of improved hydroponics.
4 PLANT/5 GALLON EXAMPLE BOTTLEPONICS HYDROPONIC SYSTEM
DIY Parts Checklist for a four-plant hydroponic system.
- Qty 4 – one-gallon buckets with 3″ cut into the lid. Perfect for a 13-14 week indoor grow cycle which is fairly typical as most lighting systems will not penetrate much more than 3ft into a canopy, so there is no need to leave plants in a vegetative state longer than 3-4 weeks at max. Best place to buy. Hardware store. Uline. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 2- five-gallon buckets with lid reservoir. This will capture the entire capacity of the hydroponic system when active, which will require fewer resources in terms of water, nutrients, and weekly effort. The second bucket is perfect for weekly nutrient changes and also serves as a seat to sit and stare at your plants. Best place to buy. Hardware store. Uline. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 4 top hat washers. These magic grommets enable the grow bucket to connect to the 1/2 inch vinyl tubing via barb and 1/4 inch tubing. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 bulkhead connects 1/2 inch tubing to the five-gallon reservoir. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- 1/2 vinyl irrigation tubing Best place to buy. Hardware store. Amazon (link above).
- 1/4 Drip irrigation tubing. Best place to buy. Hardware store. Amazon (link above).
- Barbed T Fitting Best place to buy. Hardware store. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 4 1/4 barbs plugin and connect the 1/4 inch flexible tubing into the 1/2 inch vinyl tubing. Best place to buy. Hardware store. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 in-line water pump with a 1/2 barb. Most inline pumps come with a selection of tube adapter barbs; however they mostly seem to have one of each various sizes. Either uses a different size return tubing to the reservoir or purchase a separate adapter kit, and you’ll have two .5inch adapters that will connect to the irrigation tubing. (1/2inch vinyl tubing) Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 cycle timer pours when it rains and with this cycle timer, you control the weather. Run this pump for 15 minutes, and the grow chambers are emptied of nutrients. Using 1/2 inch tubing to 1/4 inch tubing slows down the return, so the root system gradually returns to the flood stage. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 4 three-inch net cups support the two-inch Rockwool cubes used to grow in the system. The Rockwool is the only non-renewable part of the system. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 4 Rockwool cubes. This is the only product that gets used and replaced for every new cannabis grow. No dirt. No full blocks of Rockwool. No perlite. No cocoa coir. Just a small jacket to keep the root stem moist. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 float valve. Not mandatory for the system to function; however, adding a float valve takes out much of the guesswork. Placed at the correct level, the system will constantly remain filled to the correct level to keep the root system moist. Can be connected to water sources such as washer outlets, toilets, and fridge lines. etc. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 Nutrients Jacks 321 meets the basic requirements for most hydroponic grows. Don’t get caught up in expensive nutrient solutions. Plants have basic requirements NPK, and by adding O2 (oxygen) and environmental (temperature), control your use of those nutrients with exceptional results. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Hydroton creates a barrier between the root system and the world while retaining moisture. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Grow Light
- LED grow lights are a popular choice for indoor gardening and hydroponics, as they offer a number of advantages over traditional HID (high-intensity discharge) lights. LED grow lights are more energy-efficient, produce less heat, and have a longer lifespan than HID lights.
- One of the main advantages of using LED grow lights is their ability to produce a full spectrum of light that is ideal for plant growth. Unlike HID lights, which typically only produce light in the red and blue spectrums, LED lights can produce light in a variety of spectrums, including white, red, blue, and even infrared and ultraviolet. This allows growers to choose a light that is tailored to the specific needs of their plants.
- Another advantage of LED grow lights is that they can be placed closer to the plants without causing damage, which can lead to increased yields and faster growth. Additionally, LED grow lights are more durable and have a longer lifespan than HID lights, which can save growers money in the long run.
- When choosing a LED grow light, it’s important to consider the size of your grow area, the type of plants you will be growing, and your budget. Some popular options for LED grow lights include:
- Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights: These lights produce a full spectrum of light that is ideal for all stages of plant growth.
- Red and Blue LED Grow Lights: These lights are tailored to the specific needs of plants in the vegetative and flowering stages, respectively.
- White LED Grow Lights: These lights produce a natural light that is similar to sunlight, making them a good choice for seedlings and clone.
- Overall, LED grow lights are a cost-effective and energy-efficient option for indoor gardening and hydroponics, and they offer a number of advantages over traditional HID lights.
- Grow Tent
- Indoor grow tents are a popular choice for indoor gardening and hydroponics, as they offer a convenient and controllable environment for growing plants. These tents are designed to be easy to set up and take down, and they can be used to control light, temperature, humidity, and other factors that are important for plant growth.
- One of the main advantages of using indoor grow tents is that they allow for complete control over the growing environment. With a grow tent, you can easily control the amount of light and heat that your plants receive, as well as the humidity levels and the type of grow media that you use. This makes them ideal for growing plants in a small space, or in areas where outdoor growing is not possible.
- Another advantage of indoor grow tents is that they are relatively inexpensive compared to building a dedicated grow room. They are also available in a wide range of sizes, making them suitable for growers of all levels, from small hobbyists to large commercial operations.
- When choosing a grow tent, it’s important to consider the size of your grow area, the type of plants you will be growing, and your budget. Some popular options for indoor grow tents include:
- Mylar grow tents: These tents are made from a reflective material that helps to increase light intensity and efficiency.
- Aluminum-framed grow tents: These tents are stronger and more durable than Mylar tents and usually come with observation windows
- Lightproof grow tents: These tents are designed to block out all outside light, which makes them ideal for growers who need to control the light cycle of their plants.
- Overall, indoor grow tents are a convenient and cost-effective way to create a controlled environment for growing plants indoors. They provide the necessary elements for the plants to thrive and can be adjusted according to the plants’ specific needs.
- Carbon Filter
Get ready to make it rain in your garden! Bottleponics is here to help your plants thrive like never before.
When it rains, plants absorb water through their roots and use it to nourish themselves. With Bottleponics, you can mimic this natural process and give your plants the hydration they need to grow strong and healthy. Our efficient system uses less water and nutrients, so you can enjoy shorter veg times and exceptional yields. Plus, our deep water culture and aeroponics techniques simulate nature to provide your plants with the perfect root zone.
The results are simply spectacular! Your plants will thrive like never before, and you’ll be so impressed you’ll want to share the love with everyone you know. Try Bottleponics today and see the difference for yourself!
Oxygen is a nutrient.
Introducing the power of oxygen! As any experienced grower knows, oxygen is a crucial nutrient for healthy plant growth. And with our innovative system, you can provide your plants with the perfect amount of oxygen to achieve dense, bountiful yields.
Unlike other hydroponic systems that pump oxygen directly into the nutrients, we take a different approach. We remove the solution from the root chamber and allow the roots to “air out” during the pumping process. This creates a deep water culture (DWC) environment that is perfect for oxygenating the roots. And because our system is static, it’s more like aeroponics on a longer cycle – providing your plants with the ideal root zone.
The result is unrivaled root structure and exceptional yields. So why wait? Oxygenate your roots with our system and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Try it today and see the difference for yourself!
You dictate how long plant roots remain underwater. The grow containers drain into the reservoir via a simple inline water pump drains the root system and recirculates the nutrient solution when activating the cycle timer.
Less is more.
In order for an agricultural system to be more efficient than growing in dirt, it needs to use resources efficiently.
The only non-renewable product in this system is the two-inch Rockwool cube used to keep the root stem moist.
Unlike traditional air pump systems that run for 24 hours, the single pump system requires intermittent power. Without the cost of a full Rockwool block, the one-gallon grow chamber only provides ample room for roots. Power failure in NFT and other Ebb and Flow hydroponic systems equals disaster while our system leaves the plants in a watered state.
Removing moisture from the grow chamber drys out the roots quicker than in dirt or a hydroponic ‘mix’ system. It is a DWC system without the challenges of root-borne diseases due to high root temperatures.
Plants don’t drink out of a firehose!
It seems many multi-flow, recirculating hydroponic systems use larger diameter pipes in order to distribute nutrients. The challenge with larger diameter pipes is that plants love to grow through them and will eventually clog them. Our system uses 1/4″ tubing that is sliced at an angle and then pointed towards the floor. In order for the system to get jammed up roots would have to learn how to grow up.
The smaller tubing also has the advantage of slowly flooding the grow chamber and rehydrating the roots providing active hydroponics that rely on gravity while using no power at all.
Single inline water pump operation regardless of the number of plant sites.
Regardless of how many plants you are growing, our system only requires one pump Tee’d in between the reservoir and grow containers. One pump will drain all grow buckets while recirculating and aerating the nutrient solution. The external nature of the pump reduces heat buildup in the solution which is known to cause root diseases.
Personal Grow Hydroponic system for indoor apartments and homes.
DIY Four plants, a five-gallon reservoir – hydroponic system.
A traditional four plant 5 gallon grow bucket is the equivalent of mixing up 20 gallons of nutrients. That’s a lot of waste per weekly nutrient change…
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Designing your own system for commercial or personal grow applications
The first consideration should be the number of plants you want to grow. The second would be the size of your root chamber. Multiply No. of plants by grow chamber size and that is how many gallons your reservoir will need to be. Our four plant system needs a 5-gallon reservoir to contain the 4 gallons from the growing containers. If you wanted to scale that up to 50 plants your reservoir would need to be something like a 55-gallon drum. The nutrient and water savings at this level are significant. Also, the complexity of the system does not increase. This could all be down with a single pump.
The Holy Grail of Hydroponics?
Over the past 20 years, experimentation has led to the obsession with finding the Holy Grail of Hydroponics, a system that is the most logical for implementation, scalable and cost-effective while delivering remarkable results.
Disclosure: Some of these products are affiliate links; however, we have purchased and used these items for this system. Many of these items (especially irrigation supplies) can be bought at large big box home improvement stores such as Lowes or Home Depot.