Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)

The nutrient film technique (NFT) is a hydroponic growing technique where a small, shallow stream of nutrient-rich water is recirculated over roots through a channel, gutter, or tube. The nutrient film technique (NFT) is similar to the ebb and flow system in that it utilizes a pump to move nutrients in a continuous, constant flow. The difference with NFT is that the solution flows directly over the roots.

What you need to build an N.F.T. system:

  • Container to hold the nutrient solution (a reservoir) 
  • Submersible fountain/pond pump
  • Tubing to distribute water from the pump to the N.F.T. growing tubes
  • Growing tubes for the plants to grow in (also called a gully/channel)
  • starter cubes, or small baskets and growing media to start seedlings
  • Return system (tubing, channels) to guide the used nutrient solution back to the reservoir

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