How To Grow 168 Plants In A 6 X 10 Space With A DIY A-Frame Hydroponic System

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51 Responses to “How To Grow 168 Plants In A 6 X 10 Space With A DIY A-Frame Hydroponic System”

  1. Donuts says:

    Can you say something about the hydro solution you’re using?

    • Noel says:

      I would imagine that something like the masterblend fertilizer would work, it works in the Dutch buckets. The downfall to this pvc pipe system would be having to depend on a pump to be on all the time, in the event of a pump failure that standing water in the tubes would be used up quickly, but that is a concern for any hydroponic garden, pump burns out and nobody catches it and your done, with out any kind of an alarm or somethin, except for a wicking type of setup, like those Alaska buckets that also look like a good set up, At least with the buckets with media, you got the 1″ of saturated media to act as a buffer when at 1:00 that pump never turns on, hope I never have to put that to the test. How ever the s/d pipe is a good idea that I might try inside when winter comes.

      • JR Bailey says:

        Burned out pump could be a problem, but a decent software program could help with notification, and as far as power outage, a simply portable el cheapo solar system could be hooked in quite easily and cheaply (Harbour Freight variety)…….

        • Mike says:

          The only problem I see with Harbor Freight products is that Harbor Freight is notorious for selling JUNK.Just saying.

      • Anonymous Coward says:

        Use a cluster of several small pumps – like aquarium pumps, for example, which are specifically built for running forever for years. Chances of all failing at the same time are slim.

        The power of many 🙂

    • Bob says:

      I have good luck with one gallon of compost tea to 55 gallons of water changed weekly.

  2. Rabelani Nemamilwe says:

    I realy like DIY, nice job

  3. Al says:

    Any reason not to drain the higher horizontal grow pipes into the lower horizontal grow pipes and just return the lowest grow pipe to your reservoir? Seems like it would reduce the amount of fittings and labor for construction

  4. Jürgen says:

    Al, remember your root zone needs to stay below 65 degrees to prevent root rot. First, I see no cooling mechanism in this system. Secondly, if you were to drain tier to tier, the tiers would get progressively warmer thru every tier. This design does allow for much more even temperatures.

  5. Lolli says:

    What else besides leafy greens can be grown in these systems? Veggies? Fruits?

    • Anonymous Coward says:

      I imagine anything. Only, you will never in a thousand years be able to compose a fertilizer solution as complete and as balanced and having every distinct kind of nutrient needed for growing the plants. That’s why tomatoes from Holland, while excellent in shape, have a taste not even remotely resembling that of tomatoes from Italy, where they grow in soil. Which is why expect even herbs to be less fragrant than the equivalent grown in soil. It looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, but is a pale shadow of a duck …


    dear sir or madam
    your design for vertical hydroponic To Grow 168 Plants In A 6 X 10 Space With A DIY A-Frame Hydroponic System. is very nice how can i get the design thank you…….. MR MUSAED AL SHATTI

  7. Rodney says:

    if cooling is needed burying the tank. In most areas, the soil will be below 65 degrees at 1 foot deep. An 18 inch tank would buried to 16 inches would do fine. It also helps on cool nights as the water temperature will remain higher than the ambient air.

  8. jason says:

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

  9. joke says:

    Apple trees, Avocado trees, mango . .. the bigger the better

  10. Connie hopple says:

    I love to have this .it is cool wow this is awesome and beautifull

  11. Padmore Clarke says:

    Hi Sir/ madam,
    My name is Padmore Clarke and am from Trinidad and Tobago, I will like to know if an a frame should be turned east west or north south. Best regards

    Padmore Clarke

  12. Sean says:

    Having already tested something similar and on smaller scale, one of the problems I ran into was that my drainage pipes would clog with roots leading to the longer/larger grow tubes overflowing. Haven’t you run into this problem? I notice all the plants in the pictures are just babies. Also, what about structural support for the plants? And what varieties of plants have you actually grown into adulthood? I’m very attracted to the idea, but I think there are might be some problems to troubleshoot.

    • Kelly says:

      On following pages, I see full sized basil plants. I am curious what did not mean by smaller scale. Was it just one tube, or smaller tubes?

    • Anonymous Coward says:

      I would imagine it depends on two factors: the ratio of the pipe diameter and the kind of plant (not all herbs/plants grow equally large) and the concentration of the fertilizing solution – the less concentrated, the larger roots plants will grow, to be able to harvest all the nutrients they need, but also, beyond a maximum concentration, which again probably depends on the plant, roots will be chemically burned by the fertilizing solution.

  13. Ed says:

    How’s about a set of specific plans??? Doesn’t have to be free! Great job…

  14. Henry Fischer says:

    great idea… do u have the specs or plans oh the “A” frame.. would appreciate it very much.. i live in so florida.. i have a “winter garden” pots and raised bed.. i would like to add this to my garden.. hope u can help

    Thank You..

    Henry Fischer

  15. Onoda masaaki says:

    Excellent information

  16. John says:

    How many g/ hr do you run through and what size pump are you using?

  17. Adam says:

    Does this require NFS21 pipe or just pvc work? Im wondering about leeching chemicals into the plant from glue and pipe itself as PVC isn’t rated for potable water

    • NB says:

      I’m guessing the piping under your house is PVC, so you’re probably in big trouble if it isn’t rated for potable water…

      • Sid-Ali says:

        no PVC is only used for dirty water never for potable water… For potable water use Polypropylene tube.

        • Kevin says:

          Sorry but just about every water municipality has PVC pipe out there somewhere. How do I know I worked for one and installed it.

  18. frank says:

    We’re would I get the plans on this 168 plant system, 6×10 a frame and water system

  19. Gerald says:

    Where did you get your brackets.?

  20. Patrick romero says:

    Are there any plans for your design. I would love to try this for my strawberries

  21. Jennie bean says:

    What size pipe do you use for the drain line to the resevoir?

  22. Jennie bean says:

    What size pipe do you use for the drain line back to the resevoir?

  23. Jennie bean says:

    Where can I get the specs or blue prints for this project?

  24. Sam says:

    How do you keep rain water from diluting the fertilizer mixture returning to the pump? Other than that, this is a great system.

  25. Daniel says:

    Where did you get the hooks to hold the pvc pipes?

  26. Douglas Holly says:

    Can I buy a ready made kit in Australia

  27. Douglas Holly says:

    I will wait for a reply

  28. jbn01 says:

    Nice photos weak on specifics where is the instructional videos? DL the app and its like running the gauntlet to avoid advert and no results at the end 🙁 dissapointm,ent ty

  29. Charles Cardaronella says:

    Looks like a great system for hydo strawberries etc. !? I would be interested n plans also in a 6×10 frame also!

  30. Frank M Venegas says:

    I got a clear picture on building this; however I need the specifications on the drain pipe to the reservoir and from the pump to each one off the 3″ pipe

  31. David D Belin says:

    That is a great looking system and I appreciate you sharing it. I am new to hydroponics and want to try doing it this year.

  32. Jeff says:

    I would like to get the plans (blue print) for this a-frame system to try out with my students. Please send them to me through email. Thanks

  33. Jeff says:

    I would like to get the plans for this a-frame hydroponic system. This looks like a great project for the students in my science class to build for the spring. Thanks.

  34. Nalini says:

    I would love the plans to try this myself. New to hydroponics and need a little more help in the start up.

  35. Frazier Robin says:

    LASCO 13-1872 Plastic J-Hook Pipe Hanger for Plastic DWV Pipe, 2-Inch Sell for $5.00 each

    2” pvc pipe clamps will work just as well and a tot cheaper.

  36. Craig says:

    Does the pump get the water to the top line, and then rely on gravity to get it back to the bottom?

  37. Darren says:

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  38. Michelle Berray says:

    I also am looking for actual plans for my students to build from. If you are willing can you please send me the plans.

  39. Sabyasachi Bandyopadhyay says:

    I want to setup a Small scale A shape Hydroponic leafy greens growing unit for business purposes in India.

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