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.
Please be advised deliveries may not run to schedule due to HIGH demand, you will get a txt or email notification once your order is on its way to you.
We deliver by hand across Sydney from Monday to Friday.
Your delivery will arrive within 2-3 business days after the order is placed.
Delivery locations within a 50km radius of our Newtown studio are eligible for FREE hand delivery on orders over $100.
Inner Sydney locations up to 10km from our Newtown Studio and all orders under $50 =$15.00 hand delivery.
All of Greater Sydney between 10km - 25km from our Newtown Studio =$20 shipping, 25km -40km =$30 hand delivery.
A redelivery fee of $15.00 applies for deliveries scheduled and attempt was made to deliver and delivery was unable to be made.
(it is your responsibility to leave clear instructions for our drivers if you have any special requirements)
If you have specific delivery requirements please advise us, if you don’t advise us and no one is home and it is safe to do so your order will be left in a safe place.
Please note: Sydney locations are determined as locations within a 50km radius of our store.
Shipping outside of Sydney
Shipping to states including NSW outside of Sydney is available except for NT, WA & TAS as these states have quarantine laws that don't allow us to directly ship there.
Please note due to the nature of sending live products and plant care some items may not be available for shipping due to size and weight.
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We send parcels via courier service Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday to limit the amount of time your plants will spend inside a box during transit. If you place an order Wednesday - Sunday it will be sent on the next parcel pick up days.
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