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Hydrofun™ starter kits

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Hydrofun™ starter kits contain everything needed to grow your own hydroculture plant. Each kit consists of a flowerpot with hydroculture insert, water level indicator, clay pebbles, and fertilizer. Below is a cross section through the system.

cross section through a planterCross section through a planter

The insert fits loosely inside to allow air circulating through the root system. For the same reason, the insert contains ventilation slits which are just small enough to prevent the clay pebbles from falling through. The insert also features a holder for inserting a water level gauge and, molded into its bottom, a space for a fertilizer bag.
 

planter Planter with hydroculture insert

colors of planter Colors: mauve, yellow, white, red, and black

 

Why hydroculture?

Hydroculture is a variety of hydroponics, the method of growing plants in a nutrient solution, instead of soil. Today, virtually all the salad you can buy in the supermarket is grown without soil (no more bugs and snails!).

Hydroculture differs from hydroponics by using a special substrate for plants to grow on, light expanded clay aggregate (LECA). The clay pebbles not only provide support for the root system, but, due to their high porosity, also function as a wick that brings water and nutrients to the roots, without them being directly immersed in the solution.

LECA clay pebblesCut-open clay pebble reveals porosity of substrate

Hydroculture has become extremely popular in Europe for growing indoor plants at home and in the work place. The main reason for this is that raising and taking care of hydroculture plants is so much easier than plants growing on soil.

Perhaps, the advantage that you will enjoy most is that hydroculture takes the guesswork out of watering. Simply check the water gauge to find out whether the plant needs water or not. Also, the intervals between watering are much longer so that you can go on vacation without having to ask a neighbor or friend to take care of your plants.

Moreover, feeding your plants is much easier: The only thing left to do is to exchange a bag with slow-release fertilizer twice a year. No need to calculate exact amounts of fertilizer to apply, no more messing around with dilutions!

Plants grown without soil are less prone to diseases and infestations with bugs. There is no soil for insects or other pests to hide in (the clay substrate is hard as stone) and if a hydroculture plants ever gets infested with bugs, you can get rid of the infestation without having to resort to harsh chemicals or insecticides.

Finally, hydroculture plants clean the air much better than regular plants do, mostly due to the fact that their root system is exposed to the air. And, unlike plants grown in soil, they do not contribute fungus spores to the air, an important point for people suffering from allergies.

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