Getting into hydroponics has been made easier over the past few years by manufacturers and private sellers creating pre-made hydroponic starter kits. These kits come with everything you need to get started in hydroponics and decide if you want to keep going or if you want to go a different gardening route. Though this sounds great, there are some pros and cons with these kits that you should consider before buying.
Pros of Pre-Made Hydroponic Starter Kits
The key pro to buying a pre-made hydroponic starter kit is the ability to get everything you need in one kit. Now, there are exceptions to this, but in general you will receive things like the net pots and chemicals. Another pro of the pre-made kit is the ability to use them in small houses, flats, and even caravans due to their small and compact size.
A starter kit will also give you the chance to explore hydroponics and see if it is something that will fit into your needs and lifestyle. Hydroponics may have a learning curve, and by starting with the kit, you can start off slow and work it as you need to. You can also determine what the best options may be for the specific types of gardening you want to do. For example, you may want to use hydroponics to grow food but you aren't sure what vegetables would be best for your environment and space. A kit will let you see what can be produced, how much room you will need, and what problems you may encounter.
Cons of Pre-Made Hydroponic Starter Kits
The cons of pre-made hydroponic starter kits primarily deal with what doesn't come with the kits rather than what does. For example, some of the kits do have small trial size bottles of the pH chemicals you will need. These are also called nutrients. There is a learning curve with these since you will need to learn how to check the pH of the water you are using and learn how to get the right mix of the nutrients for you and your gardening goals.
That being said, the trial bottles may not last that long depending on how hard it is for you to determine the best mixture of the nutrients for your needs. Keep in mind, some companies do not put labels on the nutrients, so when you need to go back and buy larger bottles, it may be difficult to find the right brand which can affect the way your nutrients mix.
With that in mind, make sure you ask the kit manufacturer what brand of nutrients they are using so you can prepare to buy the same brand and keep your nutrient mixture without having to reconfigure it due to manufacturer differences in how they produce their nutrients.
These are just a few of the things to consider before buying a hydroponics pre-made kit. If you are ready to purchase one, consider visiting a local hydroponics store for what they have to offer.