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Leca is used to help water to drain around the roots to aerate them. By leaving the pellets whole, you create tiny pockets of air. They also absorb water, so they can help retain moisture, without having your plant sitting in the water, which can cause root rot.
Leca can be mixed with soil or as a standalone medium.
When searching for information on this subject, you will find there are several names it goes by: expanded clay pebbles, leca clay, and clay balls are all examples. It is made by heating clay to over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit using a rotary kiln, which gives it that signature pebbly form. This process fills the clay with little air bubbles, making it perfect for holding oxygen as well as moisture around plant roots. It can be mixed with soil or used alone.
So why use Leca/ Hydrocorn?
These porous pebbles absorb moisture and allow for fantastic drainage of water from the roots of the plant. Not only do they absorb moisture, they’ll absorb any nutrient solution you choose to add.
They can last a long time, just wash and reuse as many times as you need. You don’t have to worry about losing nutrients through numerous washes because there aren’t any to begin with. If they lose their usefulness, you can add them to the soil of your outdoor gardens to increase aeration and organic content.
They’re pH neutral and rather inhospitable to bugs.
You can crush them to increase water retention for use in the germination stage of growing.
How to use
Rinse the pebbles thoroughly before using, skimping on this step may lead to more expensive problems down the road. Take the time to do it thoroughly from the very get-go. You’ll be glad you did.
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.
Remove the plants and rinse occasionally. While these clay pellets are known for their neutral pH and lack of nutrients, they can still absorb and hold onto the nutrients you add along the journey. After time, phytotoxicity can build up and starve the plants. Watch for any whitish residue on the top and rinse the plant and pebbles with a pH-adjusted liquid. You can also leach the system with the liquid.
Add a small amount of nutrients after rinsing your pebbles. You can use one-quarter strength of your base grow nutrient.
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Inner Sydney locations up to 25km from our Newtown Studio and all orders under $50 =$15.00 shipping.
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A redelivery fee of $15.00 may apply for deliveries scheduled and attempt was made to deliver, we will advise of this.
Please note: Sydney locations are determined as locations within a 50km radius of our store.
Shipping outside of Sydney
We can ship to outside of the Sydney area with POA, however we will use an external shipping company and so terms may differ. Please send us an email if you wish to have your order shipped to outside of Sydney.
We are working on inter-state shipping.
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