|FAQ's - Growing
Orchids in Hydropincs|
Hydroponics for Orchids work?|
hydroponic system is a new and exciting way to grow orchids. Special
clay pebbles replace all other media. They're cleaner and you get less
root decay. A water gauge tells you when to water - no more over
watering! When you water your plants you're actually filling a resovoir
at the bottom oof the pot. Then, as you go about your busy life, the
speciial clay pebbles wick the nutrient solution up to the plant gently
and evenly. Learn more at Why Hydroponics?
|How often should I water?|
varies with light, temperature, and of course the type of plant. (We
provide instructions for all types of plants.) Most plants need
watering once every 2-3 weeks.
growing orchids in
conventional potting materials, your plant gets
water only when you take the time to water it. That puts you on a
demanding schedule that quickly becomes time consuming as your
collection grows. And "when to water" can be a real guessing game,
especially for beginners. With our system a water gauge tells you when
to water and how much! What could be easier!
|What are LECA pebbles made of?|
term "LECA" means Lightweight
pebbles are made by heating small clay pellets to 2600F. At these
temperatures the clay expands, developing tiny air spaces at the core
and an extremely hard outer shell, creating a media that's ideal for
|What is the difference between
LECA pebbles and ordinary gravel?|
unique capillary properties LECA pebbles "wick" the nutrient solution
up to the plant's roots gently and evenly. No other material has these
properties - including lava rock.
my orchids be too wet with Hydroponics?|
plants should not be standing in water all the time. The system needs
dry out completely between waterings - allowing air flow
through the root system.
Air moves between LECA pebbles as
nutrient solution is delivered to the plant. Because these pebbles are
ceramic, they will never compact or decompose, preserving the air
(and air flow) to the roots.
add nutrients to the water solution. The capillary propertires of the
LECA pebbles delivers the nutrients safley and evenly to the roots.
As with all nutrients for orchids, always remember to avoid nutrients
with urea as the nitrogen source. Urea is an inexpensive form of
nitrogen that works well on your lawn outside but doesn't work for
orchids or houseplants. More on nutrients at
|What about salt buildup with this
will not penetrate the surface of LECA pebbles.
smooth outer shell allows any salts or other impurities to be
easily washed away. Throughly rinsing plants at the sink every
couple of months will eliminate any salt buildup. Thia is another big
advantage for hydroponics. The only way to eliminate salts from
traditional potting mixes is repotting.
Hydroponics Work for all orchids?|
Any orchid that grows in a pot
will benifit from hydroponics. Orchids that grow in the open air
without pots (called epiphites) are not suited for hydroponics however.
is the best place to start with Hydroponics?|
Our Hydroponic Starter Sets are
where to begin.They have everything you'll need to transfer two plants.
Start slow, using healthy plants. Learn how our system works before
rejuvinating sick plans. We're confident
all your orchids will benefit from our system.
is the best time to transplant to Hydroponics?|
have three seasons; grow, bloom, rest. The best time to transplant any
orchid is during the rest period after the bloom cycle has finished.
This is the same for transferring to hydroponics. So, if your orchid is
blooming, wait until the flowers have faded away before transplanting.
If your is not doing well and hasn't bloomed as it should - the best
time to transplant to hydroponics might be tomorrow!