Agronomy and Horticulture Department


Date of this Version

Summer 8-2023


Adams, S. A. (2023). Lunchbox Hydroponics. Nebraska Extension. G2358.



Growing plants with hydroponics is less complicated than it may appear when the fundamentals of the system are understood. This publication provides instruction on the construction of a simple hydroponic prototype suitable for school or youth education programs. The fundamentals of hydroponics, basic design of a solution system, seed starting, creating a nutrient solution, and plant care are explored through this engaging project. This prototype can successfully be used to grow small edible and herb plants in the classroom or at home.