Hydroponics for Outdoor Growing 
Setting Up the System

Growing orchids outdoors with our hydroponic system produces excellent results - but the system needs to be set up properly . 

Outdoor growing is different from indoor growing. There's no control over how much water the system will collect outdoors. Too much water and the plants will suffer, even with LECA pebbles. 


Hydroponics for Outdoor Growing - Setup #1

Setting up plants for outdoor growing with hydroponics is easy. Simply remove the outer pot and replace it with a shallow saucer that will overflow when water level reaches the desired level. Then, insert the plant (culture pot included) and saucer into a sturdy outer pot that will keep the plant stable in all kinds of weather. 

Any type outer pot that has a drainage hole will work. I like displaying my plants in terra cotta (clay) pots because their weight anchors the plant and keeps it from blowing over in the wind. 

1. Remove plant and culture pot from existing outer pot.  Place in a clear plastic saucer which will be the new reservoir that holds the nutrient solution for the plant.


2. The plastic saucer needs to be cut down to keep it from collecting too much water. Using a scissors, trim the saucer to so it's only 1/2" deep (the same depth as watering to "opt" on gauge).


3. After trimming the saucer, drop it into the clay pot. 



.4. Position plant, culture pot, and water gauge inside clay pot.




5. Setup is complete for outside growing. 



Culture pot,  plastic saucer, and water gauge are the new "grow system" for the plant. The clay pot simply holds everything in place. The saucer under culture pot will capture just enough water for the plant - excess will overflow and drain away through the hole in the bottom of the clay pot.

I like to keep everything inside the clay pot visible because judging water requirements is easier when you can see what's going on at the bottom.

If you prefer a more finished appearance simply fill the gap between the culture pot and clay pot with more pebbles.

If the gap between culture pot and clay pot is unsightly .....
Fill clay pot with more LECA pebbles for a more finished look.


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Hydroponics for Outdoor Growing - Setup #2

If you have a  lot of orchids setting them up in individual pots can be a lot of work. No problem - our Grower Trays are perfect for holding several plants at once and can be adjusted for outdoor growing too!


Heavy Duty Grower Trays hold several plants. Their rugged construction makes them ideal for outdoor growing.
Drill a hole in tray to allow excess water to drain away.
Drainage hole should be about 1/2" from bottom of tray.
Remove plant(s) from outer pot(s).
Place in Grower Tray. No need for a water gauge because you can see water level.


As you can see, a single Grower Tray holds several plants. Water gauges are not necessary because you can see the water level at all times.

Grower Tip: The trays hold a lot of water so be sure to allow enough time for the trays to dry out completely between waterings. I let the tray sit completely dry for several days between waterings so the roots get the air they need to grow.

If your orchids are standing in water for a week or more, force a "dry period". Remove the plants from the tray and pour out all the water. Don't rewater for 2-3 days. 

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No matter what your skill level is, you'll be growing like a pro outdoors with our system!


For more on growing orchids outdoors with our hydroponic system:

Why Grow Orchids Outdoors?

Orchid Care Outdoors with Hydroponics 

    Questions about Growing Outdoors with Hydroponics?                     ask here

  

 

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