As the country moves towards becoming Peat-free we have been exploring the alternative to soil culture planting.
Hydroculture means “water culture” as hydroculture plants take their nutrients from water rather than soil.
We replace soil with a substance called LECA (Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate) to support the plant. Leca is
- PH Neutral,
- and 100% peat free, making it an environmentally friendly option.
Hydroculture Pros and Cons
A large range of plants can be grown in Hydroculture. There are also a number of benefits
- The cons for hydroculture is that plants are generally smaller than the equivalent plants grown in soil culture. From a design perspective, if you have a requirement for a specific overall height e.g. 180cm – 200cm, you might have to use a taller pot to make up for the shortfall.
- The plant range available might be slightly restricted as not all plants can be grown successfully in hydroculture
- LECA requires lots of heat to make the clay balls initially.
If you’re looking for ways of incorporating more sustainable, eco-friendly options into your projects contact us on the details below;