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 your 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!
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 - Watering can be a tricky business with traditional media outdoors. Ignore the elements and your plants will suffer.
- Hot, dry weather means watering everyday with bark or moss. Plants growing in our system have an ample supply of water that is stored in a reservoir at the bottom of the grow pot. The LECA pebbles "wick" moisture up to the plant as needed. All you have to do is refill the reservoir when empty.
- If the weather turns cool and rainy - be careful! Your plants will be waterlogged in bark or moss! The LECA pebbles in our system never rot or decay, so the roots won't get waterlogged no matter how much rain you get.
Plants practically take care of themselves growing in our hydroponic system outdoors!
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