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.
Unfortunately, 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.
Using 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 use hydroponic technology with soil plants for outdoor growing.
Growing in soil, outdoor planters need watering almost every day in hot weather. That's because plants more water in warm temperatures and the sun literally "bakes" the moisture out of the pot.
Potting soil can only hold a limited amount of water and can't stay wet for extended periods. Waterlogged soil will damage the plant's root system quickly.
"Terraponic Gardening" replaces potting soil with unique clay pebbles called LECA (Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate).
LECA pebbles are a man made ceramic that never rots, decays, or decomposes. Perfect for outdoor growing!
LECA pebbles have capillary properties that "wick" moisture (and nutrients) up to the plant's roots from the reservoir at the bottom of the pot.
Extra water is available to the plant in the reservoir at the bottom of the pot. No more daily watering and there's no worry about mold or decay that you would get with soil.
Shows at a glance how much water is in the reservoir at the bottom of the pot
Wick moisture up from the reservoir to the plant while promoting air circulation around the roots.
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.)
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.
With Terraponics your plants practically take care of themselves - no more "everyday watering" necessary!
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Providing the right amount of water and nutrients - in any kind of weather - insures long lasting beauty for all your patio and balcony plants.
As the roots grow into the pebbles you won't have to be nearly as careful with watering.