Van Arden Farms 10-Socket Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponics Kit (Perfect for Seed Starting or Beginners)

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

It’s here–our first Van Arden Farms-branded product!  After years of working with our own DIY DWC kits, we knew what hydro newbies really needed was a plug-and-play system.  No need for hole saws.  No need for unsightly duct tape applied to holes cut too big.  No problems with the plastic expanding over time and the net cups pulling through into the water. Small enough to fit on a counter top or mini-balcony and to be drained in a kitchen sink.

Van Arden Farms 10-Socket Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponics Kit (Perfect for Seed Starting or Beginners)

The VAF 10-Socket DWC Kit, which is available exclusively on Amazon, includes:

  • (1) Reservoir in Citron Green (approx. 2.5-gallon)
  • (1) Reservoir lid with neatly pre-cut holes for the net cups
  • (1) Electric air pump
  • (1) Length of air pump tubing
  • (1) Check valve for the air pump
  • (1) Air Stone
  • (10) Quality net cups with wide lips
  • (10) Net collars

Need to know how to set up your 10-Socket DWC Kit?  Here is a helpful video.  Feel free to post any questions in the comments section below; we are hoping to build a repository of user questions and tips right here.

Check back often, as we will update this page with additional videos relevant to the 10-Socket DWC Kit!

Finally, here are some links to complimentary hydroponic supplies that we recommend.  Although, unlike the 10-Socket DWC Kit, these are not branded Van Arden Farms products are an Amazon affiliate and make a small commission when you purchase one of this products as a result of clicking on our links.  We only recommend products we have personally used and tested.

  • We LOVE Fox Farm food.  If you’re just getting started, Grow Big is a good all-purpose food.  Be sure to go light on application at first and ease your plants into heavier feeding.  Once you have some experience under your belt, you may want to experiment with one of Fox Farm’s multi-part feeding systems.
  • The one downside to most Fox Farm nutrients is that they only come in liquid solutions.  If you prefer to ship and keep dry nutrients around the house, try General Hydroponics MaxiGro.
  • OrganicsRx Sea-Kelp 100 is an awesome addition to your feeding schedule.  This is not a nutrient solution, but is used to supplement your nutrient routine.  You will see faster, greener growth and, before long, will be putting this on your in-ground plants, the lawn, etc… It’s just that good.
  • General Hydroponics’ Ph Test Kit is, by our estimation, the most popular one in the industry.  You’ll channel your inner 7th-grade biology student as you start out by testing the Ph of your home water supply and quickly move on to testing every liquid in your house out of sheer curiosity.  Probably best to buy two.
  • Want to start your seeds in a non-soil medium, such as rockwool?  These Grodan 1″x1″ cubes are the ticket.

12 Comments

  1. Michelle
    June 25, 2015

    Hi! I’m a 4th grade teacher in Indiana. I purchased your DWC kit from Amazon with the hopes of using it in my classroom. I attempted hydroponics with my class this past year using 2 liter bottles cut apart to hold the plant in the opening and then the water in the bottom half. I was not successful in raising the plants from seed in this environment. My students and I were disappointed. I’m hopeful that we can use your system with more success. I watched your video and noticed that you used small sprouted plants. Can your system support growing from seeds? What steps would you suggest for them best results? I also don’t want to utilize any form of dirt/soil as part of our experiment to grow plants using water alone. What other medium do you suggest to support the plant as it develops? Thanks for any advice you can offer to make this a success in my classroom!

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    • VAFAdmin
      June 27, 2015

      Hi Michelle–

      Thanks for purchasing our kit and your question. Yes, our system can support growing from seeds and, when done right, will work better than the soda bottle method. We suggest you start the seeds in a hydroponic medium such as rockwool cubes. The 1-inch cubes fit the net cups in the system perfectly. Set up the system as directed in the video, but make sure the water comes about one quarter of the way up to the bottom of the net cups, and then stops. Add just a teeny-tiny amount of plant food to the water in these early days…honestly, if you did it in water alone, the seeds would probably still sprout. Soak the rockwool cubes in the water in the reservoir and then place them in the net cups without squeezing them out. You want them nice and wet. There is a hole in the top of each rockwool cube for placing the seed (we always place 2 or 3 to make sure at least one sprouts, and then cut back the extras). Read the directions on your seed packet to figure out how deep to push the seed down. Place the netcups in the system and run the air pump. Now, to create a greenhouse effect to encourage fast sprouting, take some cling wrap (or the Glad Press N’Seal kind) and stretch it across the top of the system. Since the lid is indented, if you pull it tight across the top, it should not actually touch the net cups or rockwool. If condensation starts forming on the cling wrap after a day or two, you’re doing it right. Place the unit somewhere warm to further encourage growth. Once the seeds start sprouting, remove the cling wrap.

      Since you are a teacher, you are probably familiar with the old “sprout a seed in a damp paper towel in a ziploc bag” trick. You’re essentially doing the same thing here–making sure the seed is wet and blocking air circulation to create a humid environment to soften the seed shell.

      For small seeds, like lettuce, you should see your first sprouts within 2 to 3 days. Harder seed, like cilantro, will take 1 to 2 weeks, and big seeds, such as squash, will take even longer. Don’t add the net collars until the plant has a few leaves on it so that the stem is thick enough not to get squashed. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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  2. Steve M
    July 7, 2015

    Hello! I’m trying to buy this product on amazon but it says it is current unavailable. Why?

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    • VAFAdmin
      July 8, 2015

      Hi Steve–

      Right now we’re working hard to keep up with demand, but keep selling out. We’re thrilled it has been so popular, but as frustrated as you that it hasn’t been consistently available. A new shipment is on its way to Amazon and should be listed within the next day or so. We will let you know when it does so you can be sure to get one. Thanks for your interest!

      Reply
    • VAFAdmin
      July 11, 2015

      Hi Steve–

      As of Saturday, July 11, the kits are in stock. They are selling fast, but Amazon should check more in on Monday. Best of luck!

      Reply
  3. Joan
    August 24, 2015

    Any suggestions for lowering the water temperature? I guess it’s not a good time of year to start this. My water turned rancid when sitting in the sun. I cleaned the system, added fresh water and nutrients, and placed it near a window on our lanai. It has turned rancid again. I am reading online that water shouldn’t get above 70 degrees or so. What should I do?

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    • VAFAdmin
      September 2, 2015

      Hi Joan–thank you for your comment, we are sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, warm sun plus water creates the potential for algae growth (it’s one of the reasons swimming pools are chlorinated)–do you think this might have been the issue with your water turning rancid? If so, you can take steps to block out as much light as possible (it is why our kits come with the blackout foam collars instead of hydroton pellets that can permit light pass-through), such as placing the kit somewhere in the shade or even bringing it indoors and placing next to a window. The other best option is just to change the water more frequently–the plants will be just fine out of water during the time it takes to do this, and the old water can be recycled to water other plants or the grass.

      Reply
  4. Joan
    August 24, 2015

    I just realized my pump is not putting out any air. Could that be part of the problem I’m having?

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    • VAFAdmin
      September 2, 2015

      Joan, while we can’t be sure if this is contributing to your problem, we definitely want you to have a working pump! We will be in touch with you directly to send a replacement.

      Reply
  5. Hugo .m
    September 23, 2015

    Hello I have been very eager to buy a couple of these systems due to the great reviews on Amazon can you please tell me when there going to be back in stock can you tell me a date or something today is Sep 22, 2015

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  6. Chris C.
    December 27, 2015

    I was wondering the size of net pots and collars that this uses?

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    • VAFAdmin
      January 4, 2016

      Hi Chris–the net pots are 2-inches in diameter across the top and the collars are sized to fit snugly inside.

      Reply

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