Frequently Asked Questions
- WHAT KINDS OF PLANTS CAN I GROW?
The HydroPlanter is suitable for thousands of different types of plants. Many of the houseplants that come in a pot will grow well on a HydroPlanter. The plants that grow naturally in the jungle, rainforest, or near a water source are best suited for the HydroPlanter. Some examples include types of: orchids, ferns, begonias, hoyas, moss, carnivorous plants, dischidia and more. Each example given is a family which consists of thousands of types of species. Each HydroPlanter will come with a guide that will include more information about matching plant types and care instructions.
- WHERE CAN I GET SEEDS AND/OR PLANTS?
You can get several types of seeds like buckwheat, sinapis, flax, watercress, chia etc. at your local health food store. Plants, grass seeds, and other types of seeds can be found at your local plant nursery. Although both seeds and plants can also be purchased online. We also plan to provide a list of our recommendations soon.
- IS IT POSSIBLE TO GROW HERBS?
Most herbs are plants that grow large and need deep roots in the ground. Therefore, although some herbs can grow on the HydroPlanter they are not the ideal solution for them. Edible seeds of plants which are commonly used for sprouting (ie, chia, buckwheat, sinapis, flax, watercress) can sprout and grow on the HydroPlanter for several weeks.
- HOW DO PLANTS GET THEIR NUTRIENTS OR FERTILIZER?
The appropriate nutrients or fertilizer can be dissolved in water and sprayed directly onto the plant roots which are visible on the exterior surface of the HydroPlanter. Each HydroPlanter will come with a guide that will include more information and care instructions.
- CAN I USE NORMAL TAP WATER?
In most cases, yes. However, if there is an issue with the quality of the water in your area or if the water contains a lot of limestone (calcium) then we suggest filtering the water before using it with the HydroPlanter. Besides filtering the water, there are other simple solutions that we have tested to get suitable water, including; collecting rainwater or A/C water or simply using distilled water.
- HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO ADD WATER?
The HydroPlanter acts as a water bank for the plant – slowly releasing water from the interior cavity through the walls to the plant roots on the exterior surface. The rate of perspiration and evaporation is dependent on the temperature and humidity levels in the room. Our estimated range is around 5-15 days. To see when you need to add water, simply lift the lid and peek into the HydroPlanter. Each HydroPlanter will come with a guide that will include more information and care instructions.
- CAN IT BE USED TO GROW INDOORS & OUTDOORS?
This really depends on the type of plant. We recommend growing on your HydroPlanter indoors and in a well-lit area. Despite our recommendation for indoor growing, we have also successfully grown on the HydroPlanter outdoors. When growing outdoors you should take care to try and avoid strong winds and direct sunlight for long durations.
- HOW LONG CAN A PLANT LIVE FOR ON THE HydroPlanter?
This depends on the type of plant. Edible seeds of plants which are commonly used for sprouting (ie, chia, buckwheat, sinapis, flax, watercress) can sprout and grow on the HydroPlanter for several weeks – at which point some will make a great addition to your salad 🙂 Grass, for example, will sprout and last for months. On the other hand, some other plants like ferns, begonia, hoyas, etc… can grow for years! Each HydroPlanter will come with a guide that will include more information and care instructions.
- WHAT IS THE MATERIAL?
The material is ceramic. Ceramic is made from a composition of different types of clays and minerals. We studied the material deeply, scanning our material in labs in order to develop the material with optimal balance of porosity and hygroscopic tendencies to fit the widest range of plant types.
- WILL THE MATERIAL LAST?
Ceramic material is a 100% natural and inorganic material which doesn’t decompose. It can last for many years. By the way, our early prototypes from 3+ years back are still as good as new.
- DOES IT COME WITH SEEDS OR PLANTS?
The HydroPlanter does not come with seeds or plants mainly because there are too many types of growing options of plants and seeds to choose from. It seems endless and we would like to leave the choice to you. However, the HydroPlanter will come with a guide that will include more information, our recommendations, and care instructions.
- DO YOU SHIP WORLDWIDE?
We are happy to offer shipping worldwide.
- DOES THE HydroPlanter COME IN OTHER COLORS?
The HydroPlanter comes in one size and one color. In order to ensure the highest quality we would like to keep our focus for this first version of the HydroPlanter. We will be releasing new designs and sizes as soon as possible!