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 so your plants don't collect too much water

Indoors, a water gauge tells you how much to water, so too much water is never a problem. 

With outdoor growing there's no control over how much water the system will collect if your plants are exposed to the rain and frequent rain showers will overflow the system. Too much water and the roots will suffer, even with LECA pebbles. 

Too much water in the system can be avoided with these simple changes:

Hydroponics for Outdoor Growing - Setup #1

An ordinary clay pot will be used to dispaly the plant outdoors. Clay pots work well for outside growing because their weight anchors the plant and keeps it from blowing over in the wind.

Note: Always choose an outer pot with a drainage hole in bottom.

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

I like keeping bottom of 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, the "pot inside another pot" look can be camouflaged. 

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.

Hydroponics for Outdoor Growing - Setup #2

Maybe you have a lot of orchids and don't want to set them up in individual pots. No problem. Our Grower Trays are perfect for holding several plants and can be adjusted for outdoor growing too!

Heavy Duty Grower Tray 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.

Note: Grower Trays hold a lot of water so be sure to allow enough time for the trays to dry out completely between waterings. To give the roots the air they need to grow, let your plants sit completely dry for a couple of days with no water in the tray what so ever.

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. 

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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