These Small-Scale Hydroponic Tomato Growing Systems Are Perfect for Home Gardeners

Are you a home gardener interested in hydroponic tomato growing?

If so, you don't have to invest big bucks into the kind of massive, complicated system that commercial growers might use.

In recent years, there's been a proliferation of small hydroponic systems designed specifically for hobby gardeners.

Not all of these systems are suitable for growing hydroponic tomatoes. But many of them are.

Following is a look at some of the more popular systems, ordered from the lowest-priced to the highest. 

Hydrofarm GCTB Tomato Barrel

hydrofarm hydroponic tomato growing system

Is the Hydrofarm truly a hydroponic system?

That depends upon how you use it.

You could use the Hydrofarm strictly as a traditional tomato planter with a self-watering system.

But you could also use an inert growing medium like perlite or coconut coir in the planter, and deliver all nutrients through the watering system.

And that would make the Hydrofarm a very simple, very inexpensive hydroponic growing system.

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The Deep Water Culture Hydroponic Bucket Kit

This basic hydroponic kit offers lots of value for the price.

It's an excellent intro kit for hydroponic newbies. It's easy to assemble and set up.

And yet it will provide a thorough introduction to the science of hydroponic cultivation.

For the price, the Deep Water kit might be the best hydroponic beginner's kit on the market.

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General Hydroponics WaterFarm

Not the least expensive kit, but perhaps the best kit for newbie hydroponic growers.

General Hydroponics has been in business for about 40 years, and is one of the most trusted and respected companies in hydroponics. 

Their WaterFarm system is designed to provide an easy start for beginners. And it's an easily expandable kit for experienced growers.

The WaterFarm is truly a complete system, providing everything you need to get started except for your seeds. 

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Deep Water Culture Hydroponic Bubbler Bucket Kit

This is another excellent kit for beginners. While a bit more expensive than some other basic hydroponic growing kits, it offers the advantage of providing 4 times the growing space of some other popular basic systems. 

So while this system is perfectly suited for exposing newbies to hydroponics, it also provides the ability to grow several different crops at once.

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Hydro West AquaBuckets Deep Water Culture System

The AquaBuckets system offers an innovative, cutting-edge approach to deep water culture hydroponics. The system offers great growing capacity for experienced growers. But it can also provide an easy intro to hydroponics for beginning growers. 

The AquaBuckets system also offers greater flexibility than many hydroponic systems. And it might just be the easiest system to manage and maintain of any comparable deep water culture systems on the market. 

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General Hydroponics EcoGrower Drip Hydroponic System

You'll be able to do some serious hydroponic growing with this system. The EcoGrower comes with 6 growing stations incorporated into a single modular unit. Each station is capable of growing large plants, like tomatoes. 

But in spite of the size and capabilities offered by this hydroponic growing system, it would make an excellent starter kit for newbies. And like other General Hydroponics products, it's a very complete kit, providing nearly everything you'll need to get started with hydroponic growing.

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