Hydroponic Propagation Station
Growing your cuttings with laboratory equipment is not only effective, but also visually appealing. We propagate our Syngonium podophyllum around the shop using lab stands and boiling flasks.
Simply add a cutting, water, and place in ample sunlight. You may add nutrients to the water to suit whatever species you decide to grow. We find that Syngonium podophyllum grows just fine using only tap water. Using containers with large openings (i.e. beakers or pots) tends to produce green water that requires refreshing more often. So we use flasks and reagent bottles with narrow openings.
This kit can be purchased with or without the glassware. Plants are not included with online purchases.
- 1 Laboratory Stand
- 18" rod
- Metal base
- Cast-Iron Support Rings
- 150mL round bottom flask
- 1000mL round bottom flask
Hydroponics is a type of Horticulture and a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants, usually crops, without soil, by using mineral nutrient solutions in an aqueous solvent. Terrestrial plants may be grown with only their roots exposed to the nutritious liquid, or, in addition, the roots may be physically supported by an inert medium such as perlite, gravel, or other substrates. Despite inert media, roots can cause changes of the rhizosphere pH and root exudates can affect the rhizosphere biology.
The nutrients used in hydroponic systems can come from many of different sources, including (but not limited to) fish excrement , duck manure , purchased chemical fertilisers , or artificial nutrient solutions. Plants commonly grown hydroponically, on inert media, include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuces, marijuana, and model plants like Arabidopsis thaliana.
Hydroponics offers many advantages, one of them being a decrease in water usage for agriculture. To grow 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) of tomatoes using intensive farming methods requires 400 liters (88 imp gal; 110 U.S. gal) of water; using hydroponics, 70 liters (15 imp gal; 18 U.S. gal); and only 20 liters (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 U.S. gal) using aeroponics. Since it takes much less water to grow produce, it could be possible in the future for providers in harsh environments with little accessible water to grow their own food.