Do you need clay pebbles for hydroponics?
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Accordingly, how do you use clay pebbles for hydroponics?
How To Use Clay Pebbles
- Rinse expanded clay pebbles to remove excess dirt and debris.
- Fill plant container with clay pebbles.
- Sprinkle seeds over clay pebbles directly or transplant seedlings into system.
- Fill the reservoir with a nutrient enriched solution following the product's specifications.
Additionally, how long soak clay pebbles? Soak the pebbles for at least six hours or, even better, up to 24 hours. Yes, the medium will be heavier but your plants won't have to work hard to get to the water they so desperately crave.
Considering this, what can I use instead of clay pebbles?
Alternatives to clay pebbles include oasis cubes, coconut fiber (coco coir), peat, composted bark, gravel, sand, lava rock, fiberglass insulation, sawdust, pumice, foam chips, polyurethane grow slabs, and rice hulls (husks). Depending on your location, you may be able to find or make some of these media at home.
Can you mix clay pebbles with soil?
Hydroton and Soil If you want the water to drain around the roots to aerate them, leave the pellets whole. You can use Hydroton alone or mix them in with the soil. In that case, you can crush up the clay, mixing it in with the soil to keep plants hydrated for longer as you tend to it.