The Salad Box from Hydrofarm is ideal for growing a small soil-free garden of salad greens and other plants indoors or outdoors with almost zero maintenance. It is a passive hydroponics system based on the research of academic horticulturist B.A. Kratky.
Using the Salad Box is clean and easy. It uses no electricity at all—no air pumps or water pumps needed! It grows greens and lettuce up to thirty percent faster than soil. Use it indoors with grow lights or outdoors in natural light.
Simply mix the powder nutrient with water and pour into the reservoir, then wrap the root ball of each of your seedlings with the included;Root Wraps.; Place each wrapped seedling into a net pot, and you're set!
The Salad Box will provide you and your family with fresh greens without any of the hassles of larger gardens or systems. Only minimal assembly is required. The system includes one reservoir tray, one top plate lid with eight plant sites, one top-off bottle with cap, eight net cups, eight Root Wraps, one fifty-gram packet of general purpose nutrient, six drain plugs, and one instructions booklet.
The Salad Box fits perfectly under two-foot fluorescent light systems like the Jump Start T-five modular and T-twelve fluorescent fixtures.
How to Use the Hydrofarm Salad Box
Salad Box Passive Hydroponic System by Hydrofarm
I have a 1000W ballast. Can I use a 400W or 600W lamp (bulb) in it?
As a general rule, lamps (bulbs) can only be used with ballasts that specify the same wattage rating. A 1000W lamp can only be used with a 1000W ballast, a 400W with a 400W, etc. Many ballasts are made to handle only one wattage level. An exception to this would be the Xtrasun Variable Watt ballasts (XTEDW-), which have various settings for output power and are meant to be used with a lamp of the same wattage as the dial setting (for example, use a 600W bulb when the ballast is set to 600W, etc.).
Can an HPS ballast be used to power a metal halide lamp?
This is never recommended. The ballast and lamp (bulb) type (wattage and HID lamp type) must match. Convertible ballasts, however, can be switched between MH and HPS modes. There is also the option of using a conversion lamp. These are lamps that are designed to produce a MH spectrum while run on an HPS ballast, or vice versa. Phantom digital ballasts can ignite HPS or MH bulbs, except for the 750W model, which is meant only for HPS.
How often should I change the hydroponic nutrient solution in my reservoir?
To ensure optimal nutrient availability and freshness, change reservoir solutions completely every 1 to 2 weeks. If needed, top off low reservoir levels with 1/4 strength nutrient solution or plain water.
Why is my Sunburst system making a loud noise when the toggle switch is in the "None" position?
The "None" position simply indicates that the system is operating in neither HPS nor MH mode. This light system should NEVER be plugged in or receive power when the toggle switch is in the "None" position. Doing so may cause damage to the operation of the light system.