In many parts of the world, hobbyists grow their orchids outdoors year round. Why?
Unfortunately, many of us are are "climate challenged" and growing outdoors year round simply isn't possible.
Even if you're climate challenged you can still give our orchids a vacation by moving them outdoors for the summer! Summer weather is perfect for growing all types of orchids, no matter where you live. Plants that where struggling all winter might spring to life outdoors!
It might be a little scary if you're moving your plants outside for the first time. You've nurtured them along all winter and they seem to be doing okay - not great - but okay.
They would love it outdoors! But what if they get damaged from the weather?
After years of helping people move their plants outdoors for the first time, we've developed a Complete Setup for Outdoor Growing. It has everything you need to get started, including a mini-greenhouse that will protect your plants in any kind of weather. Buy it here.
Most people think hydroponics is only for indoor growing. Our hydroponic system has many advantages for outdoor growing too!
The biggest feature is our system replaces all growing media with unique clay pebbles called LECA (Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate).
1. No root decay with LECA pebbles no matter what kind of weather -
Ordinary growing materials (like bark and moss) have problems outdoors because they deteriorate quickly when exposed to the weather. Decaying media compacts and traps water, cutting off air to the plant's roots.
Soggy roots are never a problem growing in LECA pebbles . Roots won't get waterlogged no matter how much rain you get. See the difference -
Decaying roots in bark and moss.
Healthy roots growing in LECA pebbles
2. Easy watering - Growing in bark or moss means adjusting your watering schedule with the weather. In hot, dry weather plants demand watering everyday. Then, when the weather turns cool and rainy, your plants will get waterlogged. Ignore the elements and your plants will suffer. Watering can be a tricky business with traditional media.
With our system extra water is stored in a reservoir at the bottom of the grow pot and the LECA pebbles "wick" moisture up to the plant as needed. All you have to do is refill the reservoir when empty.
Plants practically take care of themselves!
For more on growing orchids outdoors with our hydroponic system:
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