210 Dutch Bucket System

Congratulations! You have just purchased a recirculating 210 Dutch Bucket System from American Hydroponics. This system includes growing supplies for peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries. Our 210 system is a small example of what the big commercial growers use for vine crops. It comes with everything you need to get started.
2 year warranty on system, 180 days on pump

Tools required for assembly:
Power drill with 5/8” hex bit, rubber mallet, tape measure and sharpie.

Dutch Bucket Components (see pick list)
[10] Dutch Buckets with elbows [1] Manifold [1] Drain Pipe [1] Tableframe [1] 35 gallon reservoir with cover [1] Growing supplies

bag 87052 Rockwool 2x2x2 miniblock 89007 Book Hydroponic Crop Production 89025 DVD Hydroponics Explained 27012 Float Valve 27028 Float Valve Plumb Kit 88100 GroMagnon 2 Part Nutrient 83006 Pump Rio 1700 620 gal/hr 83015 Truncheon Commercial 83049 pH Control Kit 1 1 25 25 25 1 20 100 1 20 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 .ft.5" for conduit Clamp 2" for couduit Glue PVC Can 4 oz 1 20 20 2 1 1 03014 Reservoir 35 Gallon with Float Valve Hole 03010 Reservoir 35 Gallon 03012 Reservoir Cover <1c> <1c>sub 1 2 4 4 8 50 6 11103 11104 11105 11106 11107 30251 Tableframe Leg 18in DB Trial Crosspiece 16in DB Trial Crosspiece 38in DB Trial Rail Bottom 60 7/16 DB Trial Box Sub TableFrame DB Trial 1 8 4 6 4 1 <1c>sub 30251 28006 04001 26001 11022 30007 11018 Box Sub TableFrame DB Trial Table Frame Coupler Plastic Corner 3 Way Plastic Center Support 4 way Leg Bracket Self Taping Tek Screw Angle Brace 1inx8in 80014 Supplies Dutch Bucket System 53095 Instructions 210 82010 Seeds Sparticus (Pepper) Packet 82018 Seeds Cumlaude (Cucumber) Packet 82019 Seeds Curuso (Tomato) Packet 87020 Tray Propagation 1020 w/o Hole 87026 Tomahooks w/ Twine 87027 Vine Clips 87002 Perlite 4 cu.60305esc Count/ea 1 1 1 Outline <1d> Part # 96018 22018 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Description Count/ea Manifold Microtubes 16" Manifold Assembly A Manifold Assembly B Manifold Assembly C Manifold Assembly D (Reservoir Drain Assembly) Manifold Assembly E (Pump/Valve Assembly) 93026 210 Dutch Bucket System pick list 1 20 1 1 1 1 1 Outline <1> <2> <3> Part # 93023 03014 80014 Description 210 Bucket Dutch System hrd wr Reservoir 35 Gallon with Float Valve Hole Supplies Dutch Bucket System <1> <1b> <1c> <1d> <1e> <1e> 93023 30250 11103 96018 91097 55000 55002 n/a n/a n/a n/a <2> 91097 Drain Pipe Collector Assembly A Collector Assembly B Collector Assembly C 10" drain tube 210 Bucket Dutch System hrd wr Sub Box Tableframe Maniflod Drain Pipe Dutch Buckets Dutch Bucket Elbows (2 per bucket) 1 1 1 1 1 10 20 <1b> 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 30233 23002 23022 27038 27039 30110 <3> Sub Box Microtube Grommets Drip Stake Clamp 1.

Insert Dutch Bucket Elbows as illustrated below. (Pound in if necessary) Third .lay out 4 bottom rails (60 7/16”) and measure 41” to center from one end of each. First . Forth . mark with sharpie.Glue A. irst . Second . F Second .Figure A Center Support Corner 38” ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS 1. 5. Assemble your tableframe as shown in Figure A. B and C together as illustrated so all drain holes line up in a straight line. 2. 4.press 18” legs onto remaining support pegs. Attach drain pipe as shown in Figure D. Use the self-taping tek screws to secure these clips. Your tableframe should look like figure A.press 16” and 38” crosspieces together using the plastic corners and center supports provided in tableframe sub box. The remaining 2 clips secure sections A and B. 1 18” 16” Corner Coupler 60 7/16” 41” 60 7/16” 41” Leg Bracket 41” 41” 41” Figure B Angle Braces Figure C 2 Figure D C 3 Long Drain Tube B A Bucket A B C .insert 2 table frame couplers (5”) to couple bottom rails together using self-taping tek screws. The 2” gray clip attaches the end of section C to the table frame. Third . Place reservoir as shown in Figure C. 3.Attach drain pipe to the center of your table using the hardware provided. Use the self-taping tek screws and a 5/8 hex bit to secure 8 leg brackets to bottom rails. Attach 8” angle braces as shown in Figure B at 45º angles.screw in long drain tube (10” piece with male adapter) that fits into the hole in your reservoir cover as shown. This is the center mark for leg bracket.

Wash dust thoroughly from perlite by filling bucket with water.Insert grommets in manifold. C B E D A C B A D Reservoir Drain Assembly E Pump/Valve Assembly . Figure E 7. Install float valve to 35 gallon reservoir and hook up to float valve plumb kit.Insert pump to the bottom of section E. READY TO GROW Figure F Remove buckets from the system and take outside. Place the buckets over holes in the drain pipe in system. glue pieces together. Then fill reservoir. Refer to the Float Valve Instructions included.. Second .Lay glued section on buckets and dry fit sections A and E together with holes facing up. Fifth . First . Press drip stakes into microtubes than press micro tubes into grommets. Place manifold on Bato Buckets as in Figure F. Forth .Attach section D to the manifold as shown in figure F.Glue sections B and C together with holes facing up. let drain to earth. Follow the growing instructions for more plant details and instructions. (End of micrtube needs to be in center of pipe) 8.. Third . Pour perlite from bag into buckets 3/4 full. Once you get the proper angle on section E. Place Bato Buckets on system as shown in Figure E.6.

If you do choose to go to a full size system later on. early and high yielding. verticillium and fusarium races 1 and 2.ft. PLUS. This 210 Production Unit is a nutrient recirculating (closed) system whereas traditional Dutch Bucket systems are drain-to-waste (open) systems where excess nutrient and water are not recirculated. 15-16 inches in length. 8. [1] Packet Seeds [1] Conductivity Meter [1] Hydroponic Crop Production Book These plants are as follows: [100] Vine Clips [1] 4cu. D and E. Green/red blocky fruit. Tomato seed variety is called Geronimo and is produced by DeRuiter. resistant to leafspot and gummosis. The 210 provides you with hands-on experience of a “tried and true” resource and labor efficient hydroponic method. These plants are as follows: Normal vigor. C. normal internodes. normal vigor. Cucumber Seeds Cucumber seed variety is called Cumlaude and is produced by Rijk Zwaan.210 Dutch Bucket Growing Instructions The 210 Production Unit is a trial version of the large Dutch Bucket systems currently operating all over the world.5 ounce size. Dark green color maturing to bright red and an average fruit weight of 6 oz. resistant to tomato moasic virus. [20] 2” Rockwool cubes [20] Tomahooks [1] 8 Kg Nutrient [1] 1020 Flat Tomatoe Seeds Spartacus is a F1 hybrid. bag perlite [1] DVD Hydroponics Explained [1] Float Valve and Plumb Kit [1] Rio 1700 Pump [1] pH Control Kit [1] Timer Normal maturity. you will have produce to take to potential markets. B. . slightly ribbed skin. cladosporium A. the 210 Production Unit makes an excellent trial system for testing out new cultivars. Pepper Seeds Growing Supplies include: Pepper seed variety is called Spartacus. 3-5 cells. tolerant to powdery mildew and are all female. This small unit grows BIG plants. dark green color.

Figure D .3 Figure C b. you will have to devise a structure for stringing wire. Vine crops will eventually get heavy with fruit.3. 3) Place cubes in 1020 flats.Figure A 1) Rinse (20) 2” mini blocks thoroughly with fresh water. 8) As soon as roots start to pop out the bottom of the cube. Tomatoes CF 24 pH 6. Water cubes lightly. Figure A. Peppers CF 22 pH 6. 68-70°F.3 c. 9) With float valve installed and reservoir full. use a grow lamp if necessary. Adjust the pH slowly to 6.3 10) Run heavy guage wire supported every 4-5’ from your greenhouse purlins. We recommend #6 galvanized wire for this purpose. If you are not growing in a greenhouse. You will be growing 2 plants per bucket. 2) Drop 1 seed per hole. water with a mild nutrient solution. Bury cube in perlite so that it is flush with surface. so you can easily tend plants. Cucumbers CF 20 pH 6. A healthy seedling makes a healthy mature plant. follow instructions (in nutrient box) for mixing nutrients. it’s time to place cubes in perlite growing medium. 6) Be sure the seedlings have plenty of light available. make sure there is no standing water in the tray ever. Figure D. The height of your wire must be within your reach 7 feet from ground. Use your Truncheon meter and pH tester. 5) When the seedlings are 1-2” tall. a. Add equal parts of nutrient A and B to water to bring CF to the set points below. Place drip stake in cube. 4) Keep seeds warm. Figure A. 6CF. Figure B. Figure C. Figure B 7) Water with nutrient every few days and make sure there is no standing water in the trays.

Pinch out the growing head. Train a strong side shoot for the second growing stem (2 growing stems per plant) Figure E and F. As soon as the plant is up and starting to lean. Keep CF and pH steady. 8) If you see any sign of white fly. Hand pollinate flowers. 3) Even though peppers are self pollenators. As soon as head reaches the wire. clip a vine clip to base of plant and spiral stem around string for support. Simply flick the flowers gently with your index finger. Let them grow 2/3 the way down the main stem before pinching growing heads.Cucumbers 1) The arch method and the renewal umbrella system are the two primary cucumber growing methods most used. use more clips. When the fruits on the first laterals are harvested. Repeat this procedure for up to 10 months. clip a tomahook string to the base of the plant. nighttime temps. blossoms and fruit to the fifth true leaf. Figure E 072904 esc . 3) Train the top 2 laterals over the wire to hang down on either side of the main stem. remove them completely. train 2 more laterals to grow out and down. They do well at high humidity but so does botrytis and mildews. clip a tomahook string to the base of the plant as in Figure D. assistance is required. 6) Cucumbers like CF between 20 and 30 when they are producing fruit. You will be using a modified renewal umbrella technique for this go round. as in Figure A.) 7) Keep a clean greenhouse. Adjust the tomahook on wire so that the plant is standing without stress. use sticky traps to capture. Clean your tools. except 2 at the top. Remove all suckers. Once plants have reached the wire. Figure C. Use vine clips to attach stem to string. 5) Greenhouse day temps should be 66-81°F. variety and growing skill. increase CF gradually to 30 for fruit production. No cut plant material should ever be left in the house. Keep airflow up. Let fruit develop after this. pinch out the growing head. As the plant grows and requires support. Yield expected per plant of cucumbers is 50-75 fruits (depending on environmental control. As plant grows. 80-90%. Tie pieces of cloth on the laterals so they don’t pinch. 2) The main stem will be topped at one leaf above the support wire. Figure A Figure B Figure C Figure D Peppers 1) As soon as the plant is up and starting to lean. Avoid temps over 90 °F. 2)Clip off any other stems to keep the plant vertically manageable. We have Encarsia wasps for IPM control. Remove all laterals in the leaf axils on the main stem. Cucumbers can take high humidity. Keep spiraling the string around the stems and remove flowers for the first 12 inches to encourage good fruit bearing structure. 60-65°. Tie top of main stem to support wire as in Figure B. 4) As fruit on the 2 laterals matures.

Always pick just as the fruit ripens to make more room for new fruit growth. 4) Keep a clean greenhouse. add a clip. as the plants grow. As the plant grows. use sticky traps to capture. Clean your tools. 5) If you see any sign of white fly. 2) “Suckering. lower the plant and move the tomahook so that your plants look like illustration. Yield expected per plant of red peppers is 8-15 lbs. As soon as the head reaches the wire. use sticky traps to capture. 4. Keep air movement steady around base of stem.) Avoid fruit overload. 3) As fruit forms and the plant grows. size will be small and plant will get stressed. increase CF gradually to 30-35 for fruit production. 5) Greenhouse day temps should be 71-73°F. Keep airflow up. Keep CF and pH steady. 60-65°. Figure G 6) Peppers like CF between 22 and 35 as fruiting starts. Clean your tools. You only want one growing head at the very top. Peppers can take high humidity. No cut plant material should ever be left in the house. We have Encarsia wasps for IPM control. Keep CF and pH steady. and requires support. 9) If you see any sign of white fly. for green peppers 12-17 lbs (depending on environmental control.Figure F Peppers Cont. Any other head that develops on top of a branch node. As you can see by Figures H.. If plants get too bullish (thick and leafy) decrease CF a couple points. Continue this procedure for the life of the plant. Cut flush with the stem. Avoid temps over 90 °F. Figure J . Figure H Tomatoes Figure I 1) As soon as the plants are up and starting to lean. 2 plants per 10 square feet in low light. clip off. variety and growing skill. We have Encarsia wasps for IPM control. you will be LAYERING them so that fruits will always be on the lower third of the plant. if stretching. Figure G. raise CF a couple points.) 8) Keep a clean greenhouse. 7) A rule of thumb is 3-4 plants per 10 square feet in high light. Adjust the tomahook on the wire so that the plant is standing without stress. snap a clip on right below a branch. They do well at high humidity but so does botrytis and mildews. 80-90%. You do not want any tags of dying plant material exposed to decay or botrytis. I and J. Begin with CF 22 for vegetative growth but once plants have reached the wire. nighttime temps.. No cut plant material should ever be left in the house. trim branches and leaves away from vine at base of plant.” Remove any laterals that will suck energy from the top growing head.

we recommend adding Potassium Silicate (Silicone) to the nutrient solution. pH 6.. soak roots in a mild B1 solution for one hour to limit transplant shock and then carefully place roots directly into wetted perlite medium in Bato Bucket and then water in. . There are numerous benign sprays to use for aphids but we recommend lady bugs. see illustration. 5) Ideal temperatures are between 64 to 72° F.Strawberries The strawberry variety is “everything” to the grower. Tribute. 4) Nutrient conductivity should be CF 20 pH 6. Sequoia and Brighton (good for all day lengths. 3) Prepare the nutrient solution at CF 20. 7) Aphids love strawberries. You can start your strawberries by one three methods.. Torrey.. Lady Bugs cannot fly away and will eat every last aphid. see illustration. or.3. We recommend that you either buy bareroot strawberry plants or wash soil off of strawberry plants and transplant into perlite medium. Rabunda.000 lady bugs.. Above 80° F. Ostara. The standard commercial “short day” varieties are Earlisweet. Red Gauntlet. Tioga (less than 12 hours of light/day) “Day neutral” strawberries are Selva. 2) Thoroughly and carefully wash all soil from roots of strawberry plant. Set timer to water 1/2 hour every 2 hours.. 1) For bare root plants. 6) For prevention of powdery mildew.) Everbearers are “long day” (over 12 hours). We have it available to you. Anywhere between 18 CF and 24 CF is ok. Pajaro. Soak roots in a mild B1 solution for one hour to limit transplant shock and then carefully place roots directly into wetted perlite medium in Bato Bucket and then water in.3. flowering is impeded.. You may have to experiment with different varieties to find the one most suitable for your season and environment. Simply build a tent with a fine a mesh netting a let loose about 5. Aptons.

Secure with reservoir nut.Float Kit Installation Instructions Sealing Washer Reservoir Compression fittings Wing Nut Valve Body Reservoir nut Tubing Nut Micro Tube to Float Valve Plumb Kit Float Valve Installation: 1. Fasten Tubing until tight. Insert valve body through the existing valve hole. Turn on needle valve attached to your Float Valve Plumb Kit and you are ready to grow. . Stick the 1/4” tubing coming from your Float Valve Plumb Kit into the tubing nut about 3/4 of an inch. Adjust wing nut if needed 4. 2. Make sure sealing washer is on the inside of the reservoir. Remove reservoir and tubing nut. Loosely screw on tubing nut with compression fittings. 3.

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