I was looking for a cheap hydroponic drip system for my first hydro grow and ran across the Versagrow 10 Pot Hydroponic system for sale. I recently purchased it so here is my review of the Versagrow hydro system.
First I want to say the new version of this product has 10 3.6 liter pots and a 10 gallon reservoir. Some merchants are still advertising this hydro system as having 6.5 liter pots and a 20 gallon reservoir but this model was scaled down in 2012.
With that said this is a nice little hydroponic drip system that will fit in most closets or other spaces. It measures 40″ L x 19″ W x 10.5″ H and only weighs 17 pounds. You can get one on Amazon.
So here is a picture of the Versagrow unboxed. It comes with a reservoir and a top tray, 10 3.6 liter pots, drip lines and drippers and an Eco 264 submersible pump. Overall the quality of the Versagrow is very good and the design is well thought out.
The instructions are minimal but assembly is pretty straightforward. The whole thing only takes about 10 minutes to put together and you don’t need any tools, which is nice.
Assembling The Top Feed Hydroponic System
The top tray has a main irrigation line running down the center and is formed so the 10 pots snap firmly in place on either side.
The only thing you need to do is press the dripper barbs into predrilled holes and snap a tee with 2 dripper lines on each barb. The ends of the tubes fit into the dripper stakes. Water runs down a groove in either side of the dripper stake and into the media.
I like this design. I was concerned about dripper emitters clogging but this design doesn’t use them. Attach the pump to the end of the drip manifold and set the top lid over the reservoir.
Here is a look at the bottom of the top tray with the pump attached. The Eco 264 comes with the correct fittings. All you need to do is screw the fitting into the top of the pump and then push the other end onto the drip manifold’s tubing.
The pump comes with a mounting bracket that has suction cups on it. You will want to remove this, otherwise the pump will stick to the bottom of the reservoir and keep you from sliding the upper tray forward.
The upper tray slides forward on a track built into the reservoir. This gives you easy access to the reservoir for filling, draining and adding nutes.
Versagrow 10 Pot Hydroponic System Final Assembly
So now both trays are together and it’s time to install the pots. The pots fit in place on the top tray so you wont need to worry about them sliding around.
Here is the underside of the pot. The four raised corners fit into the top tray and lock the pot in place.
These pots hold about a gallon but they are nice and tall. There is plenty of room in them for good root development.
Remember that in hydro water supplies nutrients and the main purpose for growing media is so the roots can anchor the plant upright. Once the roots hit the bottom of the pot they will find the reservoir and have plenty of extra growing room.
Overall the system works great. I did have a bit of minor clogging because of the perlite but it was easy to clean the fittings and since then everything has been running just fine.
I feel like the Versagrow gave me good value for my money but there are a few things that I would like to improve upon.
Versagrow Hydroponic Drip System Upgrades
The number one thing that I would do to upgrade the Versagrow 10 pot hydroponic drip system is add air stones to the reservoir. This will increase yield and keep your plant roots healthy and happy.
You might want to enlarge the center drain holes to make it easier for the roots to get into the reservoir. I haven’t done this because I want to run the Versagrow as it is, to see if it is even needed.
Be cautious drilling holes, you can crack the plastic if you’re not careful and it will weaken the tray if you get carried away. Also note that the top tray overhangs the reservoir and if you drill holes along the outside edges you will leak!
Final Thoughts On The Versagrow 10 Pot Hydro System
I am very happy with my purchase. The Versagrow delivers good value for the money. The system is well designed and well made and should last for years.
The best thing is it is lightweight and easy to transport. It goes together in about 10 minutes without any tools. All you need to do then is add media and water and plug it in and you’re growing hydroponically.
I would definitely recommend the Versagrow hydro system. It is available from Amazon