What Are Hydroton Expanded Clay Pebbles?
Hydroton is a brand name that is interchangeably used with expanded clay and clay pebbles. It’s one of the most popular grow mediums used by hydroponic gardeners. Hydroton expanded clay pebbles come from mined clay that is heated in a kiln to over 2000 degrees. This causes the material to expand like popcorn making it light and porous. Hydroton expanded clay pebbles are lightweight and can come in circular ball shapes varying in sizes. Hydroton doesn’t compact and since it’s porous, allows for excellent water and airflow.
Ability To Garden in Urban Areas, One Of The Greatest Advantages of Hydroponic Gardening
Over 3 billion people in the world live in cities. The need for homes, business and infrastructure dominates, leaving little to no space for traditional gardens. You can pretty much put a hydroponic system anywhere. Hydroponics doesn’t require soil, so you can grow plants where you normally could not, like inside your apartment or on top of a building. Old abandoned warehouses are being renovated into indoor vegetable farms. Hydroponic gardening has allowed people living in cities to eat produce that is just as fresh as those living in rural areas.
Algae growth is actually made up of several different types of plant like organisms. Since there are many different types of algae growth, its appearance in your hydroponic system can take a few different forms. Algae may be slimy, bubbly, fury or stringy and may appear as different colors including green, brown, red, and black. Since algae thrive in the same conditions as plants, a hydroponic garden is the optimum environment for algae growth. Here are three things you want to know about that algae growth in your hydroponic system.
It’s important to measure the pH of your hydroponic garden on a regular basis. Plants are not able to take in nutrients when your nutrient water falls out of a certain pH level. Most plants prefer a pH level that is slightly acidic, around 5.0 to 6.5. To get the most out of your plants its best to tailor the pH to the plant your growing.