A wicking system is the most basic type of hydro system you can build. It’s been used for thousands of years, though it wasn’t considered a hydroponic system back then.

Nutrients and water are moved into a plant’s root zone via a wick , which is often something as simple as a rope or piece of felt.

One key to success with a wicking system is to use a growing media that transports water and nutrients well. Good choices include coconut coir, perlite, or vermiculite.

Wick systems are good for smaller plants that don’t use up a lot of water or nutrients. Larger plants may have a hard time getting enough of either via a simple wick system.

Benefits of Wick Systems

  • Truly “hands off” if you set it up correctly
  • Fantastic for small plants, beginner gardeners, and children

Downsides of Wick Systems

  • Not good for larger plants
  • Incorrect wick placement or material can mean death for your plants.