Container Gardening with Terraponics


Container gardening is a great way to to dress up your porch or patio with a splash of color - or start a garden with vegtables and herbs.



Unfortunatley, container gardens need constant attention to stay healthy. 

In hot, dry weather, there never seems to be enough water. Twice a day watering is not out the ordinary. 

If you travel, or have a busy schedule (and who doesn't!), maintaining container planters can be a chore.  




"Terraponic Gardening" Takes the Worry Out of Maintaining Outdoor Planters

Using our hydroponic technology, we've developed a new and exciting way to grow outdoor container plants that makes plant care easy.

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



What is Terraponics and How It Can Work For You

With traditional growing, outdoor planters need watering almost every day in hot weather. That's because plants use lots more water and at the same time the sun is literally "baking" the moisture out of the pot.

The problem is the soil. Potting soil can only hold a limited amount of water and can't stay wet for extended periods. Outdoor containers must have drainge because waterlogged soil will start attacking the plant's roots.

"Terraponic Gardening" replaces traditional potting soil with unique 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. Perfect for outdoor growing!

Because there's no worry about mold or decay with LECA pebbles, terraponic growing incorporates a reservoir at the bottom of the container that stores water for the plants that can be used as needed.

LECA pebbles also have capillary properties. That means they can "wick" moisture (and nutrients) up to the plants from the reservoir at the bottom of the pot. 

With terraponic growing extra water is available to the the plants. No more daily watering and there's no worry about mold or decay that you would get with soil.




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.