Wick System – How To Get Started

Thomas Angas by Thomas Angas | Last Updated: January 4, 2021

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The Wick System is without a doubt one of the simplest hydroponic systems to get started with.

In this post, we take a look at what the wick system is, how to get started, some of the benefits and towards the end, I’ll show you how to create your own system at home.

Let’s get started!

What Is The Wick System?

The plants or crops being grown are potted in their growing medium and then suspended above a bucket of nutrient mix.

In fact, a very basic system could be created with things most of us have around the house (keep reading as we’ve included a simple system at the bottom of this post).

The true beauty of the system is in the simplicity and with no moving parts, it’s cheap to set up.

Benefits of The Wick System

Downsides of The Wick System

Okay, so I’ve told you about the benefits – time to talk about the downsides… and there are a couple to be aware of.

Small plants only – as the wick won’t be able to carry sufficient nutrients to support larger plants, you’ll be limited in what you can grow.

Uneven distribution – the wick will not transport the nutrients evenly and those left behind in the reservoir will build up to form potentially toxic residue.

No oxygenation – with no air pump, air stones or water pump no oxygenation takes place in the reservoir.

What these downsides really mean is that while the Wick System is a hydroponic system, it’s not one that can support many plants.

How To Build A Wick System

We’ve put together a super simple wick system set up that’s ideal for beginners to try out.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

How To Build

The Bottom Line

The Wick system is without a doubt one of the simplest hydroponic systems to get started with given how quick and easy it is to set up.

Once you’ve tried the wick system for yourself, we recommend trying out the deep water culture system which again is a simple system to get started with but introduces a few moving parts and lets you grow more such as lettuce and flowers.

Thomas Angas, the founder of Authority Gardening lives with his wife and two darling pups. He spends his free time writing, hiking and learning how to become a better gardener. He launched Authority Gardening in 2017 to help people all over the world their gardens grow.