Hydroponic Growing Systems & Kits

Hydroponics is the art of growing plants with nutrient enriched water within soil less mediums or no medium at all! 

Hydroponics main benefit over soil mixes is that the grower has full control over what the plant does & doesn't receive.

Also providing accuracy so you can really fine tune your growing to suit the genotype of plants and get the very best out of your garden.

Hydroponic Systems are normally characterised as either ACTIVE or PASSIVE, One such example of PASSIVE is Nutrient film technique (NFT) - a hydroponic technique using a very shallow stream of water (which contain all the dissolved nutrients) required for plant growth.  The water is re-circulated past the bare roots of plants in a watertight gully, also known as channels.

A properly designed NFT system is based on using the right channel slope, the right flow rate, and the right channel length. Which will constantly circulate and give your plants a greater uptake of water and nutrients.  If set up correctly, you won't be able to over-feed your plants and suffer no build-up of salts in the root zone.  There's also very little medium used so less chance of disease and less waste material to dispose of!

PASSIVE hydroponics is the technique where the nutrient solution is constantly made available to the plant via capillary action (also known as Spreader Mats) of the growing medium surrounding the roots.  No pump is involved.

Although PASSIVE is much more effective than traditional growing methods it relies on absorbent growing medium which limits the amount of oxygen to the rootzone. However, this is a great place to start for an introduction to hydroponics and the next step up from hand watering your plants.

The Wilma Systems are an ideal ACTIVE system, the depth of the recirculating stream should be very shallow, little more than a film of water, hence the name 'nutrient film'. This ensures that the thick root mat, which develops in the bottom of the channel, has an upper surface, which, although moist, is in the air. Subsequently, an abundant supply of oxygen is provided to the roots of the plants.


By exposing you plants to adequate supplies of water, oxygen and nutrients 24/7, they will thrive with excellent growth rates and speedy results. 

Norfolk Lights & Hydroponics Centre stock all the best hydroponics systems, from the most reputable manufacturers in the industry, to give you a hassle-free growing experience.

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