Dutch Bucket Hydroponic Tomatoes – Lessons Learned and a New Crop

It’s time to start a new crop of hydroponic tomatoes in the dutch buckets. But first, I need to look back at what was learned from the last crop. I noticed a…
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25 Responses to “Dutch Bucket Hydroponic Tomatoes – Lessons Learned and a New Crop”

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  2. Thanks. This is one of the easiest ways I know of to grow tomatoes if you can’t put them in the ground.

  3. I’d have to bury this reservoir down into the hard clay to get a decent drop. When I set this up outside, I’ll take that into consideration. Thanks.

  4. ThespiritofEliyahu Reply April 21, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Genetic drift has to do with offspring, not clones. Clones never lose genes, nor gain genes. Any change is caused by cloning a stressed or sick plant, making clone-mothers from bottom branches, and/or possibly due to cellular aging, though that last one is still up in the air with scientists.

  5. Dude your the Best! Ive learned so much off of ya & I thank ya very much

  6. ThespiritofEliyahu Reply April 21, 2013 at 3:56 am

    That is odd. I wouldn’t think it could do that. You aren’t doing anything but replicating the tissue by cutting. I don’t see how it would start throwing out smaller fruit? I grow cannabis and I am on my 72nd gen with no loss in size or any loss of traits. Are you oxygenating the float beds?

  7. I’m seeing a reduction in the size of the fruit in this 3rd Gen crop, so I’ll be doing new seedlings for the Fall.

  8. ThespiritofEliyahu Reply April 21, 2013 at 5:00 am

    If you can make the drop from the return to the res so it makes a little waterfall affect. You will be able to get enough D.O. (dissolved oxygen) so that you won’t need airstones.

  9. ThespiritofEliyahu Reply April 21, 2013 at 5:50 am

    You can continue forever using clones “suckers” from you old plants.

  10. These are Big Beef hybrids. I’ve never sold any seeds. Most of the major seed stores online will have it.

  11. Cost depends on how you decided to build it, and where the materials came from. Check with Growers Supply and also Morgan County Seeds to get some ideas on costs of new ones. I recommend finding a used frame somewhere and starting with that.

  12. I’ve been using the same nutrients for tomatoes and lettuce. If you saw the lettuce where I was using 10grams, well…for tomatoes, I use 12 grams.

  13. Blocks are ok. They key thing is to keep the buckets stationary. For this setup to work, the reservoir does need to be below the buckets so the return line can drain into it.

  14. GardenCalifornia Reply April 21, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Oh my god… What breed of tomato did you use for this? Do you sell your seeds by any chance?

  15. Thanks for the great video. Just curious to what a greenhouse like that costs? I have looked but cant seem to find anything of that size, thanks again!

  16. mansfieldartguy85 Reply April 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I love the videos i have built my own lettuce farm following your videos lol. But i was wonder what is the recipe for the nutrient solution for the hydroponic tomato rail system? Any help would be great! Thanks for all ur wonderful videos.

  17. Great innovation, looking forward to adding this to our aquaponic farm soon. The green house plastic install worked wonderfully!

  18. Great video. thinking about using dutch buckets in a aquaponics build i’ll be starting this spring. good luck with the crop looks like you’ve got a great start already.

  19. What would you say is the cheapest stand for your buckets to sit on? Blocks or building a wooden stand. Also, I’m no carpenter, and I would be afraid of building a stand and it would be weak to hold the weight.

    Another question is, does the reservoir need to be lower than the buckets? I see other hydroponic videos and they are running it all the same level.

  20. red solo cup!

  21. I’m in southern Virginia.

  22. The rail pump runs 24/7… the dutch bkt pumps runs 3x a day for 15-30 minutes.

  23. With a greenhouse, you can garden year round if you heat it. Even without heat, most green leafy vegetables will be ok thru the winter.

  24. I don’t know of a specific gallons to plants ratio. But from what I’ve seen, at least 2 gallons per plant is a good start.

  25. Like all the information you give. You’ve inspired me to build my garden bigger this year and try new things.I had a good looking garden early then had a lot of pest problems in corn and squash do you have any suggestions. we live in south Carolina. Are you in the south?