If you’ve decided you want to try out growing with hydroponics, it’s smart to start out with a hydroponic garden kit. By purchasing a kit, you’ll have all the parts you need to start growing hydroponically.
When you start shopping for a kit, you’ll find you have a ton of options. To help you narrow down your choices and choose a system that will provide you with fresh herbs or vegetables, we’ve created a roundup of some of the best hydroponic garden kits available today.
While these kits all have their pros and cons, each one excels at providing plants with what they need: light, water, and nutrients. Whether you’re looking for a small kit to grow basil on your kitchen counter or a setup that can help you produce kale and tomatoes for your family, there’s a hydroponic garden kit for you.
The IDOO Indoor Garden Starter Kit is perfect for growing fresh herbs including basil, cilantro, and dill. With seven growing pods, this kit allows you to produce various herbs in a small space. Both a nutrient solution and peat sponges are included, so all you need to purchase separately are some seeds.
One of the best parts of the IDOO is that you can basically set it and forget it due to its smart automation. The height-adjustable LED lights turn on and off automatically, ensuring that your plants receive the proper amount of light they need to thrive. And an internal automated pump provides oxygen to the kit’s nutrient solution, leading to enhanced plant growth.
The kit is only 13.7” by 5.5”, so it easily fits on top of a kitchen counter or another small space. If you want fresh herbs at your fingertips, this is the kit for you.
The Botanium Hydroponic Gardening Pot makes it easy to grow larger vegetable plants including peppers, tomatoes, and kale. Designed in Sweden, the minimalist design easily fits into any space in your house.
Not only is this kit aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also easy to use. Each pot comes with a nutrient solution and growing media, so all you need is some seeds to start planting. Another bonus is that the Botanium pot is self-watering, so you don’t have to worry about under or overwatering your plants.
This kit doesn’t include lights so you’ll need to provide either natural or supplemental lighting. While this may seem like a hassle, the lack of overhead lights allows you to grow taller plants that easily outgrow smaller systems. If you want to grow more than one plant, you can purchase multiple pots to form your own hydroponic garden.
The Hydrofarm Salad Box is one of the simplest yet effective hydroponic kits out there. Since it doesn’t come with lights, it’s the perfect choice if your looking for a kit to set in front of a sunny window.
The Salad Box has eight growing cups that support crops including lettuce heads and herbs, and it comes with nutrients you’ll need to get started. This kit doesn’t require any electricity, so you don’t have to worry about parts breaking or not performing well.
However, a lack of electricity means there’s not an air pump to aerate the nutrient solution. If you notice that your plants could use a boost, you can always add an air stone to the nutrient reservoir.
The Lettuce Grow Farmstand is perfect if you want to grow a large variety of plants but are working with limited counter space. Its bottom footprint is only 22” by 22”, yet it can grow anywhere from 12 to 36 plants depending on the model you select.
What sets this kit apart from other vertical hydroponic garden kits is its automation. While there are lots of vertical growing trays and towers available, these products require you to set up and maintain your own nutrient solution and pump system. The Lettuce Grow Farmstand comes with a nutrient solution and pump, plus the watering process is fully automated.
Another neat aspect of this kit is excellent customer service. Lettuce Grow team members are happy to answer any questions you have, and the company sends seedlings right to your door. That’s right, all you have to do is head to their website to order seedlings such as cauliflower, cucumbers, and strawberries.
One thing to note about this kit is that lighting isn’t included. You can keep the kit outside in a sunny spot during warmer months or provide indoor lighting.
If you’re interested in incorporating fish into your hydroponic setup, check out the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit. Not only will this kit provide you with food, but it will also add an interesting aquarium to your space.
In case you need a refresher, aquaponics is a hydroponic system that includes fish. As fish produce waste, this helps fertilize plants. While can be a great closed-loop system, aquaponic setups are typically a bit more difficult to maintain than hydroponic systems.
The ECO-Cycle kit is designed to sit on top of a 20-gallon tank, or another tank that measures 12”x24” and can grow up to 17 plants. While a tank is not included, the kit does include lighting, media, and a pump.
It is important to note that this kit will most likely require some tweaks to get it running just right. But if you’re the type of person who wants an interactive growing experience, this could be the right kit for you. However, if you’re looking for a simple hands-off kit, it’s best to check out one of the previously mentioned kits.
If you’re still not sure what kit is right for you, think about what you hope to grow in your kit, how much space you have, and how much you want to spend. By figuring out these factors, you can choose a kit that can help you meet your goals and budget.
Before you know it you’ll be harvesting homegrown produce and getting ready to plant more.