Wick hydroponic systems are made for the environmentally friendly gardener as they don't require pumps or other electrical devices. They're also the most simplistic out of all six hydroponic systems as they don't have any moving parts, thus making them a very easy to maintain hydroponic system.
We stock a large variety of hydroponic wick systems and solutions that will cater for your every need. From wick set ups, replacement parts and small wick hacks you'll find all your wick gardening supplies in our category below.
We generally recommend wick set ups to people who don't have much spare time and want an easy to use hydroponic set up. However with this being said it also depends on what type of plants you are growing. For larger plant's we generally don't recommend a wick setup as they require and need a lot of water which unfortunately wick systems don't supply. Wicks are perfect for smaller vegetation like lettuce and herbs.
The way a wick system works is pretty much like it sounds. It basically wicks (sucks) up the water and nutrients like a sponge. For this to happen you need to find an absorbent wick to ensure enough water is taken to the roots. Some common materials people use for wicks are things like fibrous rope, propylene felt strips, tiki torch wicks, rayon rope or mop head strands, braided polyurethane yarn, wool felt, wool rope or strips, nylon rope, cotton rope, stripe of fabric from old clothing or blankets ect.
So basically in short, all you need is a bucket or reservoir that contains water and nutrients. Place the growing container/pot above the bucket/reservoir. Then from there connect the wick to the growing medium within the container/pot and the water within the reservoir below. Place the plants within the growing medium and ensure the roots are touching the wick. Slowly but surely the wick will soak up the water and nutrients and take it directly to the roots of the plant. From there all you have to do is ensure there's enough water and nutrients within the bucket. Simple.
Another handy tip is to flush out your medium every now and then as sometimes it can get a toxic build up of minerals and salts which harm the plant. So flushing out the excess nutrients every now and then is a must. You can do this by simply taking the growing pot outside and running the hose through it for about 30 seconds.
So if you're interested in having a go at wick hydroponics all the things you'd ever need to get started you can find in our wick category below. Or if you're already using a wick hydroponic set up you may also find some useful products and idea's that will improve your precious garden!