33 Amazing Hydroponic Systems For Indoor Gardening

Hydroponic systems are your perfect solution for small space gardens. Growing plants and crops can be daunting in small spaces or dry and poor soil. Here are some different types of hydroponic systems and indoor gardening ideas that will work even in a limited space. Gardening in small spaces and inferior soil is possible with hydroponic systems!

Hydroponic Systems And Indoor Gardening Ideas You Can DIY!

1. Homemade Hydroponic System

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Simply follow these steps to assemble a homemade hydroponics system. Next thing you know, you’re well on your way to growing plants without soil.

2. Zig Zag Hydroponic Systems

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Using PVC pipes is convenient for a hydroponic system. You can work it into different designs whether horizontal, vertical, and in a zigzag design.

3. A-Frame Hydroponic Systems

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An A-Frame hydroponic system will require you enough space for setting up. For beginners, you can better understand how the system works with this design.

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4. Water Bottle Garden

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This water bottle garden system lets you grow plants and crops in small space and you get to recycle plastic bottles. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!

5. Vertical Water Bottle Garden

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There is a myriad of ways and means to grow plants in empty plastic bottles. This vertical hydroponic design is only one.

6. DIY Hydroponics For Under $100

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This starter kit is your rite of passage tool to hydroponic gardening. It’s easy to assemble and once you get how the system works. You can graduate to an advanced system where you can grow more!

7. Ezgro Original Hydroponic

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This EzGro hydroponic system is somewhat over a homesteader’s budget. But hey, you can’t put a price on fresh and organic fruits and veggies all-year-round!

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8. Hydroponic Systems Diagram

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Hydroponic systems are somewhat complicated. That is if it’s your first introduction. Check out these diagrams and find out how simple it works.

9. Vertical Gutter Garden

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You can use rainwater for hydroponics which is better. You can also use gutters to make a hydroponic system possible in your garden.

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10. Dutch Bucket Hydroponic System

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For a beginner, experiment to see how the system works, this Dutch bucket system is a great way to get you started. Start from growing a tomato then find yourself growing varieties of veggies and fresh herbs

11. Hydroponic Crystal Magic

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For your indoor plants and flower arrangements, the crystal soil couldn’t be any perfect. It’s hydroponics system with a magical twist. You should give it a try!

12. DIY Hydroponic System

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A small container and a couple of pipes are all you’ll need to build a DIY hydroponics system. Follow the instructions to the letter and you can build more next time with your eyes closed.

13. Hydroponics Fish Tank

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Build yourself a whole ecosystem with a fish tank hydroponics. You’ll see the give-and-take relationship in action. In this mini aquaponics, the fish takes nourishment from the plants and vice-versa.

14. Hydroponic Vertical Garden Pipe

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Take this easy hydroponic piping idea. Don’t take this simple idea for granted because you can grow some decent crops in them like basil and lettuce.

16. Hydroponic Indoor Cupboards

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When we think of indoor gardening, we think of clutter. Well, not this hydroponic in a cupboard idea with indoor grow lights!

16. Hydroponic Rain Tower

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Make use of every bit of your small garden prime real estate. Growing fruits and veggies in vertical tubes look a bit intimidating but you’ll love the clean look of it in your landscape.

17. Big Buddha Box Vertical Hydroponic System

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If you absolutely love to grow things but doesn’t have the space for it in the big city, you can invest in this vertical hydroponics. A bit of life and green in the big city are truly worth the cost.

18. DIY Condensed Hydroponics System

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If you’re particular about neatness when growing plants, hydroponics is for you. You can find how you can grow plants without the messy soil especially indoors, here.

19. Liter-Of-Cola Hydroponics System

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Put empty cola bottles to good use by growing a vertical hydroponics garden in your apartment. The idea is to put them in a vertical position on top of the other for convenient watering.

20. DIY Hydroponics Living Wall

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Plants defying gravity at home? Why not? We see this phenomenon in nature and you can recreate a wall-mounted garden at home with hydroponics.

21. Smartphone-Powered Hydroponic System

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Gardening is kind of old school and unpopular with today’s generation. Not anymore, with a smartphone-controlled hydroponic system. Growing plants is now only an app away!

22. Hydroponic Lamp

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Minimalistic lifestyle is at the core of hydroponics gardening. This smart hydroponic system presented by Ohneka Farms is a lamp and garden in one.

23. DIY Powerhouse Hydroponics

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The future of agriculture is right in this powerhouse hydroponics. It’s not much, but wait till you get the hang of it and you will go on to grow more.

24. Small NFT Hydroponic System

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To better save on indoor grow lights, make use of your south-facing window. Take this small NFT hydroponic system if you are a beginner.

25. DIY Windowsill Hydroponics Drip Watering System

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This is an amazing garden which takes care of itself. It is possible with the drip watering system so you can go away for a few days without worrying how your plants are doing.

26. Hydroponics With LED Light Technology

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This hydroponics with LED light technology is perfect if you wish to grow microgreens fast. With how expensive microgreens are, you’re better off growing them your own.

27. DIY Agriculture Hydroponics

Walk yourself through this step-by-step guide to building your own hydroponics system. All you need is a Home Depot plastic box and a hydroponic systems kit and you’re good to go!

28. Kratky Hydroponic System

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The Kratky hydroponics is one of the simplest methods in the system. You simply grow plants using a small basket with your choice of medium. You then suspend the basket or medium in water with the nutrients.

29. The Raft Hydroponic System

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The Ancient Aztec is said to have been the pioneers of the hydroponics system. This raft method, in particular, was the system they employed.

30. Drip Garden

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We are now getting to the more advanced part. If you want to grow more veggies indoors all-year-round, you’ll take great interest in this hydroponics drip system.

31. Fodder Hydroponic Tiered System

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Both man and animal food can be produced in a hydroponics system. For large scale animal farming, you can cut cost by growing fodder in hydroponics.

32. IKEA Hydroponics

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Even IKEA has released their own indoor vegetable garden kit in their indoor gardening products, and it’s lovely. Growing indoors has never been this exciting.

33. Cheap And Expandable Hydroponic System

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For this simple hydroponic system, use clay pellets and 1-gallon root square maker. You can always add a few more pots as you progress in this gardening method.

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Hydroponic systems are lifesavers for those who are at odds with conventional gardening. You can now grow plants and crops in small spaces, in an arid landscape, and in any other gardening-hostile environment. We hope you find this roundup helpful in learning the basics of hydroponic gardening and we would love to hear your favorite among these awesome hydroponic systems!

Which hydroponic system are you going to try? Share your thoughts about it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on July 8, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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