General Hydroponics EcoGrower Drip Hydroponic System: Lots of Capability for the Price
You’ll be able to do some serious hydroponic growing with this system.
The EcoGrower comes with 6 growing stations incorporated into a single modular unit.
Each station is capable of growing large plants, like tomatoes.
But in spite of the size and capabilities offered by this hydroponic growing system, it makes an excellent starter kit for newbies.
Like other General Hydroponics products, it’s a very complete kit, providing nearly everything you’ll need to get started with hydroponic growing.
And that includes the plant nutrients. Whatever you plan to grow, the nutrients you need are included with the kit.
General Hydroponics has developed a unique 3-part nutrient called the Flora Series. And you tailor it for the crop you choose to grow by mixing the 3 parts in the appropriate ratios.
The only additional items you’ll need to purchase will be seeds and a conductivity testing kit.
And it certainly helps that General Hydroponics is a well-established company. They’ve been in business for about 40 years, and GH is considered one of the most trusted and respected companies in hydroponics.
Through the years, they’ve developed a reputation for quality, innovative products.
How the EcoGrower Works…
There are many different methods of hydroponic growing.
One method is to continuously drip the nutrient solution into the growing medium. And that’s the method that the EcoGrower uses. They call it a “spider” drip system. A constantly-running pump provides air pressure that drives the drip system.
The nutrient solution percolates through the growing medium, and eventually drips back into the nutrient reservoir, picking up oxygen in the process.
Unlike many kits, the EcoGrower comes with very clear, step-by-step instructions for setting up and maintaining the system.
(And having read the user’s manual from end-to-end, I can tell you that it was written by someone with a great command of the English language – unlike so many product manuals these days!)
Even for absolute newbies, I would expect that you could have the system set up and ready to go within an hour’s time of opening the package.
The blue supply tube is one of the innovative features of the EcoGrower. It provides an easy visual indication of the nutrient level with just a glance.
And when it’s time to change out the nutrient solution, the supply tube doubles as a drain tube. That makes disposal of the old nutrient system a snap (instead of the headache that it is for most systems).
Be aware that this system has a fairly large nutrient tank with a 17-gallon capacity (though they recommend filling to just 13 gallons). And the tank must be drained and cleaned every 1 to 2 weeks.
So you’ll want to be sure to take that into consideration when determining where to setup the EcoGrower.
Pros and Cons
All products have their good points and not-so-good points, and the EcoGrower is no exception. Here are some of the highs and potential lows to consider if you’re thinking about trying this product.
· A Complete Kit. Provides everything you need to get started in hydroponics except for the seeds and conductivity testing kit.
· Reliability and Quality. This is a proven product from a well-established company.
· Excellent for Newbies. Though not the cheapest kit, this would be a great kit for inexperienced hydroponic growers. (May offer a bit more growing capacity, though, than might be desired by some beginners.)
· Easy Maintenance. This system is easier to manage and maintain than many competing systems.
· Price. The EcoGrower certainly isn’t the cheapest hydroponic growing system available. I think most would agree, though, that this system offers great value for the growing capability it provides.
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