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What is hydroculture?

Hydroculture Draceana leca - hot fired clay Hydroculture plants Dracaena cintho

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Hydroculture is the science of growing plants with no soil or peat mix involved. Using water-tight planters, the plants are located firmly using 'leca', a light, sterile and porous clay bead which acts as the planting medium.

The roots of hydroculture plants are thick and succulent in marked contrast to the thin fibrous roots of soil grown plants and by using a specially formulated plant food rich in essential elements and micro nurients we can ensure health. The result is that hydroculture plants absorb nutrients directly from the water/leca in which they are grown. Smaller root systems are developed so that plants of impressive height can be grown in relatively small containers.

Decorfolia has made a speciality of supplying plant displays using this method of culture.

Did we hear you say why?

The reasons we recommend hydroculture for interior tropical plant displays as opposed to the soil/peat based method are simple :-

A = planter, B = leca, C = growing pot, D = water meter, E = water

This is how hydroculture works.
A = planter, B = leca, C = growing pot, D = water meter, E = water

A large Areca palm.

A 3m tall areca palm growing in hydroculture...

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