TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – Hydroponic is a form of gardening that uses no soil, but instead grows plants in a solution of water and nutrients. In short, you only need to grow plants without dirt in soda bottle. This is quite fun especially when you have more time staying at home.
Plants are grown with their roots in an inert medium. The medium can be perlite, rockwool, coconut husk, or rocks. They key is you keep the roots exposed to a nutrient rich water solution.
According to instructable here is an easy way to create your hydroponic system from reusable things such gandar soda bottle.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
You cannot start your work without having the materials you need right? Well here are several things tou need you need to collect: big soda botlle (2ltr), old sock, scissor, black marker, small mixing bowl, cling wrap, perlite, peat moss, seed of your choice.
Step 2: Prepare the bottle and medium
Make sure your soda bottle is clean by rinsing it. Cut it into two. Stick the sock halfway through the bottle top. You may need to cut the sock down but make sure its large enough to fully block the hole so your medium doesn’t fall into the water reservoir.
Mix the perlite and peat moss in a 1: 1 ratio in your mixing bowl. You only need about 1 cup of each to fill your bottle. Remember to add some fertilize once in two week in to the water if your product doesnt have am adequate nutrient.
Step 4: Growing the plant
Fill the bottom half of the bottle with water. Place the top half of the bottle upside down into the water. The wick should extend at least 2, 5 cm into the water. Make sure the sock is completely blocking the hole.
Fill the planter with the medium you had mixed. If some dirt falls into the water don’t worry. Just dump your water out and refill. Water your medium by slowly pouring 1 cup of water over the top of the medium.
Step 5: Sow the Seeds
Sow the seed you have right under the top layer of jalan. Cover the top with plasticwrap. Make small holes on it. Keep it in a warm place. Once the seed grows move it to a warm place with enough sunshine.
What do you think? Eager to try to make your own DIY hydroponic soda botle to waste your time staying at home? (*)