Container Gardening with Terraponics

Container gardening is a great way to grow - but keeping the plants healthy and happy can be a chore.


In hot, dry weather, there never seems to be enough water - twice a day watering is not out the ordinary. And in rainy weather your planters collect too much water!

If you travel, or have a busy schedule (who doesn't!), keeping track of outdoor container plants is almost impossible.  




Never Worry About Your Outdoor Planters Again!

Using our hydroponic technology, we've developed a new and exciting way to grow outdoor container plants that eliminates daily watering.

It's called terraponics. "Terra" means soil - we combine hydroponic technology and growing soil plants in containers.  



What is Terraponics and How It Can Work For You!

With ordinary growing, outdoor planters need watering almost every day - twice a day in hot weather. That's because plants use more water on hot days and the sun is literally "baking" the moisture out of the container.

Plants suffer because the soil in the container can only hold so much water. Excess water drains away because with soil you don't want standing water at the base. Plants use up all the moisture in a matter of hours in hot weather!


Terraponic growing replaces the soil with special clay pebbles called LECA (Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate).


Closeup of LECA pebbles


LECA pebbles are a man made ceramic that never rots, decays, or decomposes. That means extra water can be stored in the bottom of the pot without any worry about mold or decay that you get with soil.

LECA pebbles also have capillary properties. They "wick" the moisture and nutrients up to the plants as needed.   (more on LECA pebbles here).



Diagram of a Terraponic Planter

Water

Gauge

Shows at a glance how much water is in the reservoir at the bottom of the pot

LECA 

Pebbles

Pull moisture up from the reservoir to the plant while promoting maximum air circulation to the roots. 

Reservior

Because LECA pebbles are ceramic and won't rot or decay, water can be stored at the bottom of the grow pot. (Simply not possible with soil.)

How the Terraponic System Works

Caring for plants in our Terraponic System is as easy as 1.  2.  3.

1. Pour nutrient solution into the planter at the top. Nutrient solution passes through pebbles to the reservoir at the bottom.

2. LECA pebbles "wick" the nutrient solution up to the plant as needed. 

3. Refill the reservoir when the water gauge reads empty.


It's that easy!

Plants quickly adapt to the superb growing conditions of the LECA pebbles and in a short time they actually grow new water roots that reach out into the clay pebbles.    

Closeup of roots growing in a terraponic system. New water roots have formed in the LECA pebbles and provide the moisture for the plant. Notice original soil roots at top.


With Terraponics your plants practically take care of themselves - no more "everyday watering" necessary!


++++  image of outdoor planters +++++

Providing the right amount of water and nutrients - in any kind of weather - insures long lasting beauty for all your patio and balcony plants. 


Choose culture pot that is at least 3-4" wider and 3-4" deeper than plants root ball.

  1. Insert water gauge in culture pot.
  2. Fill bottom of culture pot with 2-3" of LECA pebbles.
  3. Remove plant from existing grow pot and position on top of pebbles.
  4. Fill space between root ball and culture pot.
  5. Cover top of root ball with 1-2" of pebbles. (If there's not enugh room for 1" of pebbles at the top, remove plant and start over by planting deeper.
  6. Water plant to "Max" on gauge.

Plant Care 

All plants grow faster outdors.