Frequently Asked Questions
Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without the use of soil. Instead hydroponics uses a nutrient solution and an alternative growth medium.
Hydroponics uses a nutrient solution to nourish plants, whereas aquaponics uses waste from aquatic creatures, typically fish.
Virtually any type of plant can be grown in a hydroponic system. The most common plants grown using these systems are lettuce, kale, strawberries, tomatoes, and various types of peppers.
Any variety of plants can be grown at the same time. However, we suggest that you grow plants of the same height because the light will need to be adjusted as the plants grow. Example: we suggest growing lettuce with other leafy greens such as kale, or spinach, and tomatoes can be grown with peppers, or strawberries.
SUCSEED HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS
Additional supplies and nutrients can be purchased at most gardening stores or on our e-commerce store
The All-in-One Package is the best package for a beginner hydroponics grower because it includes everything you need to begin growing.
SucSeed hydroponic systems can be placed indoors, anywhere that maintains a temperature above 18 degrees celsius.
We suggest checking the drippers weekly to ensure the plants are getting the nutrients they need. If a dripper is clogged, unplug the light and water pump, remove the drippers from the tubing, soak the drippers in warm water, and then put drippers back in place.
The lights should be no more than 2-3 inches away from the plants at any given time. It is important for the growth of the plants that the position of lights be adjusted with their growth.
SucSeed hydroponic systems are manufactured at Choices for Youth in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. SucSeed employs at-risk youth to build the systems, and profits go toward launching food sharing, hydroponic cooperatives in northern and isolated Canadian communities.
SucSeed hydroponic systems are operating in over 100 communities worldwide. With cooperatives in every community in Nunavut and Northern Labrador, and sales in every province and territory, SucSeed has developed a wide reach.
SucSeed hydroponic systems, including a water pump and an LED light, operate on an average of $0.30 per day, based on kilowatt per hour usage calculated using Newfoundland and Labrador rates.
No, since food grown in a hydroponics system it not grown in soil, it can not be considered organic. It is, however, 100% pesticide free, natural, and perfectly safe for consumption.
The dimensions of the system are 20 x 29 x 15 inches. The system can hold up to 102 litres of water and includes 12 pods for growing.
A SucSeed hydroponic system uses 32 litres of water at a time. The water should be changed every 2-3 weeks.
The nutrients in SucSeed hydroponic systems should be changed every 2-3 weeks.
The pH level of the nutrient water should be checked each time the nutrient water is changed, to ensure that the appropriate pH levels are maintained. pH for the system should be maintained at a 6.5.
It is recommended to seed 3 cubes of rockwool per pod, with 2-3 seeds in each rock woolcube.
All brands of traditional seeds can be used to grow plants in a SucSeed hydroponic system, except for root vegetable seeds. Please ensure you are purchasing high quality seeds from a reputable supplier.
Germination occurs in 3-7 days after planting seeds depending on the type of plant. We recommend planting seeds in rock wool within the pods and soaking the pods in nutrient water to begin the germination process.
Indoor flowering plants require manual pollination. To pollinate plants, lightly brush the centre of the plants with fingers or an object when open flowers are visible.
Depending on the length of your trip, you can fill the reservoir up to about 64 litres, adjusting the nutrient concentration accordingly (x2). This would be suitable for a trip spanning 1-2 weeks. For longer periods of time, we suggest harvesting before you leave or securing a friend or family member to check in on the system in your absence.
Typically, the produce grown in our systems will stay fresh for up to 5 weeks after harvesting. Keep produce refrigerated to maintain freshness.
A plant can regenerate 3-4 times before it must be uprooted and replanted.
PURCHASING, SHIPPING, & RETURNS
SucSeed hydroponic system can be purchased through our store.
All major credit cards are accepted as payment methods.
For any inquiries you have, please get in touch with one of our team members. You can find our information here.
The cost of shipping will be calculated and will appear on your electronic purchase order. Shipping costs are dependent on the shipping location.
Our production team works hard to ensure efficiency. On average, you can expect to receive your SucSeed system to be ready for local pick up up to 3 business days after your order is placed. For orders that require shipment, systems are shipped up to 3 business days after your order is placed. Shipment times depend on location.