Hydroculture plants are a form of hydroponic cultivation. Instead of using soil, plants are grown using mineral nutrient solutions dissolved in water.
Fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers are often commercially grown in a hydroponic system with the plant roots sitting directly in a nutrient rich water bath.
When it comes to indoor plants, the plant roots are supported in a grow pot filled with hydrogranules or expanded clay pebbles which hold the nutrient solution for the plant to absorb.
Hydrogranules are manufactured from clay pellets that are baked at high temperatures to make them expand, a process a bit like making popcorn. We only use the highest quality hydrogranules for horticulture made from purified and homogenised baked clay.
Traditionally hydrogranules have been used by interior designers for indoor plants in commercial settings such as offices, where easy-care greenery is essential. The open structure of the hydrogranules creates the optimum conditions for indoor plants to thrive as well as simplifying maintenance requirements.
In a word “Yes”. Hydroculture plants have a lot of benefits over soil plants:
Moisture Levels -The open structure of the hydrogranules creates optimum moisture levels around the roots of the plant. Water stored in hydrogranules below the roots will be gently drawn up through capillary action for the roots to absorb. No more dried out roots or root rot.
Watering - A water meter on the side of the grow pot indicates the amount of water left in the hydrogranule reservoir below the roots. When it reaches the minimum level simply top it back up to the optimum level. The plant will pull water from the hydrogranules according to its needs so there is no risk of over or under watering.
Root Health - The open structure of our pH neutral hydrogranules allows air to circulate around the roots keeping them healthy and because they do not compact over time there is no need to top up.
Hydroculture plants are adapted to these conditions and develop a smaller more fleshy root system making the plant more hardy and in a smaller growpot meaning you have a wider choice of planter styles. The requirement to repot as the plant grows is also significantly reduced.
Pest Control - Hydrogranules are an inert medium that is less susceptible to pests, fungi and bacteria which means healthier plants with less risk of disease.
When you buy a hydroculture plant, you need a few other bits and pieces to assemble the plant in your chosen planter or plant pot. Think of getting a hydroculture plant as a solution that needs to be assembled rather than just a plant in a pot.
You need 5 things for hydro heaven:
1. The hydroculture plant in its hydroculture grow pot.
2. A water meterto slot into the side of the hydroculture grow pot.
3. A waterproof plastic liner for your decorative pot.Each hydroculture plant has an associated hydro kit that includes a waterproof liner to fit the hydroculture grow pot of your chosen plant.
We also display a size tip to help you choose a decorative pot that will accommodate the specified waterproof pot liner for the plant.
4. Extra hydrogranules to fill around the grow pot and make a nice finish on top.
5. Hydroculture plant food, specifically formulated for use with hydrogranules instead of soil.