Homemade Aeroponics


An aeroponics system provides a way to grow plants using air and water-nutrient spray without the use of soil. The lack of soil increases air flow to the plants and can help reduce the risk of diseases. A homemade aeroponics system is an ecologically friendly way to grow plants. Once you successfully build such a system it will use less water and energy than the traditional method of planting in soil in order to grow the plants.

Step 1

Drill 1/16-inch holes into the tubing. Space the holes 2 to 3 inches apart.

Step 2

Insert and attach the tube into the container. This can be done by coiling a tube around the walls of the inside of the container, or by running several tubes in a straight line from end to end and capping the ends. For larger systems, the latter is the more effective setup as it will give you a more uniform spray area.

Step 3

Connect the tube or tubes to a manifold. Ensure that the manifold has as many openings as there are tubes to connect, plus one. Seal off any additional openings in the manifold.

Step 4

Connect the pump to the remaining opening in the manifold. It does not matter if you store the pump within the container or keep it outside the container. The pump should be capable of delivering 45 to 60 psi to each of the tubes.

Step 5

Cut small holes into the lid of the container in a grid pattern. Cut as many holes as you need for the number of plants you would like to water. Cut the holes large enough to be able to fit and hold plant pots without letting them slip through into the container.

Tips and Warnings

  • Choose a container that is dark in order to keep light out. If light gets in, algae may form. Remember to check the connections regularly to make sure they are not leaking.

Things You'll Need

  • Tote container with lid
  • Water pump
  • Tubing
  • Manifold
  • Drill


  • Jason's Indoor Guide: An Easy to Make Homemade Aeroponics System
  • Ezine Articles: How to Make a Simple Homemade Aeroponics System
Keywords: growing plants, homemade aeroponics, DIY aeroponics

About this Author

Drake Byrne has been a professional writer since 2007. His work has been published in university publications such as "The Brock Press" as well as in online media. He has interviewed professional baseball, hockey and Olympic athletes. Byrne holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a minor in classics from Brock University.

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