Hydroponic clay balls – the newest method of growing plants. Yes, has anyone here heard about planting plants without soil? This newest method of growing plants is the most practical and demanding concept today all over the world. With the increasing populations, agriculture growers are facing many challenges engaged with water and plantation. Growers are continually looking for ways to save water and adopt eco-friendly options to grow plants.
Thankfully, the modern research of the hydroponics method and the invention of Expanded Clay Aggregate (ECA) gave relief to hundreds and thousands of growers, both personal and commercial. As the name suggests, clay pebbles are nothing but tiny clay balls that undergo high-temperature heat. They are made with a kiln process. When fired in a kiln these tiny pebbles will expand and become porous from within. These clay balls are known as hydroponic clay balls, clay pebbles, or lightweight clay aggregate (LECA).
Today, more and more people are using this clay technology for plantations. There is an array of advantages of using the hydroponics method for plantation.
Let’s check some benefits of clay pebbles for soilless plantation:
- Retains moisture
One of the major benefits of clay pebbles is that it is great in retaining moisture. The retaining property will greatly help when we will be plating in a water scarcity location. The clay pebbles can make the most out of our irrigation facility. This is the best way to retain the water and keep your plants hydrated along with all the necessary nutrients or minerals. As it has good moisture retaining property, there will be less need for using water. It will absorb water and store it inside for plants.
- Increase Aeration
Like humans, plants also feel suffocated. Plants can not grow in a suffocating environment. It is suffocating to grow under the soil. Another property of clay pebbles is the lightweight. They will hold the porous and increase aeration for the root system of the plant. The structure formation of these plants is done in such a way that it is light in weight and will have enough space inside to capture the air and release it whenever needed. Plants will grow in full sunlight, air, and water.
- Provide reliable drainage
How can we forget about drainage while planting? For areas with minimal drainage facility, hydroponic with clay pebble is the best option. Drainage problems can prevent healthy growth and inconvenience to growers. As mentioned, clay pebbles can absorb waste and save it for later use. It will prevent roots from being damaged due to excess water. Plantation needs the right amount of water- not less, not more.
The main benefit of using clay pebbles is that they are 100% natural and eco-friendly. The process of making pebbles does not involve any harmful gas or component. The making process only includes soil and water mixed properly to heat up in a burning furnace and become porous tiny balls. This will not harm the environment in any way. Also, it will be full of nutrients and minerals that help plants to grow healthy and faster.
- Long life cycle
Another incredible benefit of clay is that they last longer. The generation is about reuse and regenerate, so why not in the plantation? Clay pebbles can be used multiple times to plant trees or vegetables.
Clay balls or ECA are great for hydroponic plantation. In the techno-driven world, ECA is a natural product presenting numerous advantages. Hydroponics is the go-to way plantation for many reasons. Less water and less land area needed for plantation as compared to the traditional plantation. It will also reduce fossil fuel pollution as we can plant in our home or nearby market location, we do not have to travel long in fossil vehicles. Just like structural lightweight concrete is a boon for the construction industry, clay pebbles are a boon for hydroponics plantation.