Hydroculture Frequently Asked Questions
- How often should I water my hydroculture plant?
- What is the right location for my plant?
- What is the white film on the Expanded Clay?
- How often should I fertilize my hydroculture plant?
- Can you convert soil plants to hydroculture?
- How can I identify and control pests?
How often should I water my hydroculture plant?
The best part of owning a hydroculture plant is that it takes the guesswork out of when to water and how often with the optimum water level indicator gauge that comes with each kit. Simply pour water over the LECA pebbles until the water level indicator reaches the “optimum” mark. Then, depending on the plant, you only need to water again when the level reaches “minimum.” For some plants you can even wait a week after the level reaches “minimum” before watering again. There is also a “maximum” water level, which is meant for exceptional cases, i.e. a long vacation. Too much water can negate the advantages of hydro culture.
What is the right location for my plant?
Plants need light, air, proper temperature, water, and nutrients. The plant’s ideal temperature depends on its origin. For example, tropical foliage plants generally feel comfortable in a range of 65 to 75 degrees. Avoid strong drafts, and dry air. Winter heating can cause damage in certain plants. Be sure to pay close attention to the light factor – some plants need bright sunlight while others can thrive under low light, or even fluorescent light.
What is the white film on the Expanded Clay?
At times LECA can build up a white film. Don’t panic – this is not mold. The film is traces of mineral nutrients that rise up with the water through the clay pebbles. The water evaporates when it reaches the top layer, while the nutrients are deposited and remain until they are so numerous they become visible. The salts will not harm your plant, and you can easily clean the LECA with water.
How often should I fertilize my hydroculture plant?
GreenSpacers offers two fertilizing methods: foliar spray and slow release fertilizer. You may mist your plants with the nutrients found in foliar spray during every other watering. You can also apply slow release fertilizer once every 4 months. Sprinkle (1) one packet of pre-measured slow release fertilizer over the expanded clay. Pour water directly over the fertilizer to wash it down through the expanded clay into the container.
Can you convert soil plants to hydroculture?
All plants are suitable for hydroculture, but the transition can be difficult for large or older plants. GreenSpacers only recommends converting young plants recently purchased. Because hydroculture has a particularly long shelf life, green plants are the best option to convert, but it is also possible to convert flowering plants. This may not be the most cost-effective option, though, due to the higher cost and shorter shelf life of flowering plants.
If you decide to convert soil plants to hydro culture, you must keep in mind that plants are very delicate during the transition phase. Until the plant builds new hydro roots, it is in a very precarious position and requires a lot of care.
How can I identify and control pests?
Unfortunately, recognizing pests or disease from a distance is difficult. Some plants can respond with the same symptoms to completely different problems. If you suspect your plant has a pest or disease problem, send us an email with a detailed description and – if possible – a photo of the damage, and a GreenSpacers expert will advise you.