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Hydroton Pellets?

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    Default Hydroton Pellets?

    Can Hydroton Pellets be used for semi-hydroponics? This is the description.

    Because Hydroton is derived from a renewable and plentiful source (clay), it is considered an ecologically sustainable medium. The clay is formed into pellets and then fired in rotary kilns at 1200°C. This causes the clay to expand inside, like popcorn, and become porous.

    Hydroton clay pellets are light in weight, do not compact and are completly reusable—they can be cleaned and sterilised after use. They are also inert, pH neutral and contain no nutrients. Because the pellets drain freely and don't hold excessive water, they provide good oxygen levels around the root zone and are particularly suitable for flood and drain systems. They are also used extensively for rose growing. Rinse well before using..

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    They sound like they would be OK for s/h to me. But I have not taken the plunge myself yet.

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    Yup i have used Hydroton for s/h, work pretty well.

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    Works great on some of my phrags that I have.

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    I use Hydroton for S/H culture.

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    Any good sources for pots for s/h? I am ready to try a few! PM me please!

    I have been looking but everything I have found so far has holes in the bottom.

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    Hydroton is just another brand of LECA, as are PrimeAgra, Aliflor, Hydrokorrels, Hydro-Korn, Grow-Rokz, etc. Each has it's own particular set of properties, and they all differ.

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    Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to get some hydroton today and start it soaking. Im also gonna search the forum for tips for newbs.

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