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Grow Media

by Adam Marosi |

Grow Media

Hydroponics, like other types of growing, needs a media for the plant to be in. There are various kinds of media you can use in hydroponics, some of them include: hydroton, coco coir, perlite, and soilless mix. These medias are great for plant growth and holding in water.

In this post we will talk about the different types of media and which system they can be used in.

Hydroton:

Hydroton is made from PH neutral clay. Used in plastic net cups in aeroponics, NFT systems, drip irrigation systems and for container gardening. They usually come in pellets or round balls.

Used in Aeroponics, Deep-Water Culture (DWC), and Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)

 

Coco Coir:

Coco coir is an organic medium for plants. Coco coir is from the husk of the coconut. Coco is free of chemical additives, harmful viruses and soil diseases due to it being fully organic and having a homogeneous structure. 

Used in Ebb & Flow or Drip

 

Perlite:

Perlite is a volcanic glass. Once heated it expands up to 13x its former size. Perlite is comprised of tiny air compartments. Perlite is covered with many tiny cells that absorb moisture on the exterior of the particle, which makes it particularly useful in facilitating moisture to plant roots.

Used in aerating the soil and keeping it loose for efficient draining

 

Soilless Mix:

Soilless mix is basically potting mix that doesn’t use soil. Instead of using soil, the plants are grown using a variety of organic and inorganic products. The most common soilless medium includes coco coir, peat moss, perlite, vermiculite and sand. Generally, these mediums are mixed together instead of using them individually.  

Used in Ebb & Flow or Drip

 

 

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