Expanded clay balls or LECA (lightweight expanded clay aggregate) are a semi-hydroponic growing medium.
How it works:
The set-up of a house plant using expanded clay balls is simple and usually requires two pots. The first is where your clay balls will rest and the pot will have small holes in the bottom. The second pot will be slightly larger and have a small amount of water in the bottom of it. Our Hydropots are the perfect design for this technique.
So, what are the pros and the cons?
Pros of expanded clay balls:
🌱 They help to oxygenate your plant, preventing root rot and other diseases.
🌱 Because of its watering system, you’ll never overwater or underwater your plant again.
🌱 They keep away pests! Without soil, pests have nowhere to lay their eggs and breed so, your plant can be pest-free.
Cons of expanded clay balls:
🌱 Unlike soil, expanded clay balls don’t naturally have the nutrients and minerals that soil does so you have to add them to the water. This can be more maintenance but it's so easy once you incorporate it into your routine by using our Hydroponic Nutrients.
Another good alternative to soil or expanded clay balls is vermiculite. It has very similar properties to expanded clay balls and offers similar solutions.
If you want to be really radical, you can skip the growing mediums altogether and go straight to water! There are plenty of resources on our website with how-to guides and Hydroponics 101.
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