Flood tray gives a firm support for plants to grow. Flood trays are also called as grow trays. The plant’s rooting system finds a nice comfortable home within the grow trays to thrive. Xtray is one of the most preferred grow tray brands amongst the growers using hydroponics system.
In hydroponics, the plants grow with the nutrient and water, and without soil. Also, depending upon the hydroponics system the plants may or may not use growing medium and plant roots may hang directly into nutrient solution without any other support. The hydroponic systems are called complete with its several components including grow lights, nutrients, timer, controllers, pumps, reservoirs, grow trays and many more.
You will find several companies offering varied size, shape and color grow trays. Xtray provides you standard flood trays in multiple sizes from 2′ X 2′ to 4′ X 8’. Xtray also offers two sizes in heavy duty flood trays, 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty) and 4′ x 8′ White XTray (Heavy Duty). This article briefs you on 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty).
The 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty) features a nice grooved FLO-THRU channel that assist in tight holding of water. Also, heavy duty lies in the name itself. This means it comes thicker than the standard Xtrays model. 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty) contains finest design to keep plants well irrigated and always full of life. The 25% thicker body of 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty), compared to standard xtray supports in maintaining plants in good health. The outside dimensions of 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty) is 51″ x 51″ x 6.5″.
The 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty) is useful in several hydroponics systems such as, wick system, Ebb & Flow or can be called Flood And Drain system and Drip Systems (Both recovery and non-recovery).
The Wick system is considered the simplest type of hydroponic system. It is a passive system that has no moving parts. The nutrient solution is supplied using a wick into the grow tray from the reservoir that is placed beneath. The 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty) will effectively hold plants roots.
The Ebb and Flow is a versatile system that can be used with several grow medias. It works by temporarily flooding the grow tray with nutrient solution. The solution stays there for some time and then drains back into the reservoir. This action is usually performed by a submersible pump that is connected to a timer. 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty) can be entirely filled with grow media or you can place individual pots in this grow tray to easily move your plants.
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Drip system is the most widely used hydroponics system all over the world. Operation is simple that makes it easy to use. The plants rests on the grow tray above the reservoir and a timer controls a submersible pump. When the timer is turned on, the pump drips the nutrient solution onto the base of each plant using a small drip line. Drip system are of two types, Recovery Drip System and non- recovery system. In Recovery Drip System the excess nutrient solution is reusable as it flows from the grow tray back into the reservoir. In non-Recovery drip system the excess nutrient solution is not collected. The 4′ x 4′ White XTray (Heavy Duty) will firmly hold plants for its entire life.