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If you are not too familiar with hydroponics, you may be under the impression that it involves growing entirely in water. However, the reality is that sometimes you need to use grow media for a hydroponics system too. The reason is, it is needed to anchor the roots so that the plant can be supported in place. When you are growing outdoors traditionally in pots, garden soil is the most common choice. For hydroponic systems, you need a specific growing medium.  

What is a hydroponic grow medium? 

The term ‘hydroponic grow medium’ refers to an inert material that is used to anchor your hydroponic plants in their place. Since it is inert, it does not provide any minerals or nutrients to your plants. It is possible to make your own hydroponic grow medium, but there are several great options available in the market, including: 

Coco coir  

Clay pebbles and growstones 

Rockwool 

Hydroponic foam 

The best hydroponics growing medium  

The right growing medium for you depends on your specific requirements, and each of them has its pros and cons. Here are some brief details about each of them: 

Coco Coir 

Coco coir is derived from coconut husk and is 100% organic. It boasts of exceptional drainage abilities and water retention qualities. You can find it in various consistencies and utilize its superior germination capabilities to start your clones and seedlings.  

There’s another great thing about this hydroponic grow medium – it is entirely renewable. Since coconut husk does not have any other use, when you use it as a hydroponic grow medium, you are actually playing your part in environment conservation – which is a win-win situation! 

Clay pebbles and grow stones 

Clay pebbles and grow stones are 100% inert and also pH neutral. You can use them again and again for different grow cycles, and are sure to find them extremely sustainable. Manufactured from recycled glass that has been made smooth through sanding, these lightweight grow stones, and clay pebbles are a popular choice for a good reason.  

Check out our detailed guide on clay pebbles and grow stones to learn more! 

Rockwool 

Rockwool is created by melting rocks, which are then spun into fibers. This is a favorite choice for many growers because it offers excellent aeration and water retention. Its unique composition allows it to avoid getting degraded or broken down, which may be a problem when you want to get rid of it by disposing of it naturally.  

Rockwool is a preferred choice for many growers but if you opt for this option, make sure you remember to balance their pH using a pH adjuster. The rockwool cubes may have high pH.  

Hydroponic Foam and Oasis Cubes 

Oasis cubes, also called hydroponic foam, is another great choice for a hydroponic medium. Made from polyurethane, it is resistant to algae, porous, and does not alter your hydroponic system's pH.  

The good thing about this option is that it does not cost you much. There is also no need to presoak the cubes. However, one thing that some growers may not like about oasis cubes is that they are not sustainable or organic.  

Buy the best hydroponics grow medium at Groindoor.com 

If you need help with choosing the right hydroponic grow medium, the experts at Groindoor.com can help you. Reach out to our experts at 866-GRO-INDR or read our guide on the complete range of hydroponic media in our learning center 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Rocket Earth 1.5CF Bag

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  • Grodan Delta 6.5 with Hole, 4" x 4" x 2.5" - Case of 36 Grodan Delta 6.5 with Hole, 4" x 4" x 2.5" - Case of 36 - Hydroponics

    Grodan Delta 6.5 with Hole, 4" x 4" x 2.5" - Case of 36

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  • Cultilene 6'' Wide Slab (16 slabs per case)

    Cultilene 6'' Wide Slab (16 slabs per case)

    Cultilene

    MSRP: $137.95
    $130.34
    X-fibre slabs are unique for their optimum water distribution and excellent EC-control, not only within one slab but also between slabs. This creates a root environment with outstanding control and with far better and much more even growth and root...
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  • Cultilene 6x6x4 Block w/ Optidrain (64 pieces per case)

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    Cultilene

    MSRP: $155.95
    $154.39
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    Cultilene

    MSRP: $380.00
    $299.00
    Cultilene has many years of experience developing Rockwool products in the Netherlands and is preferred by some of the largest industrial propagators in the world. The quality of their newest Rockwool cubes, plugs, and starter sheets is by far the best...
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  • Root Royale CocoPure 50L RHP Certified

    Root Royale CocoPure 50L RHP Certified

    DL Wholesale

    MSRP: $44.95
    $21.11
    Root Royale Cocopure is a natural growing medium produced from premium grade coconut husks. Root Royal has a high water absorption rate and maintains 30% air porosity, which results in optimum growing conditions for your plants. The coco coir consists of...
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  • Root Royale Coco Brick RHP Certified

    Root Royale Coco Brick RHP Certified

    DL Wholesale

    MSRP: $35.95
    $15.75
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  • Root Royale Clay Pebbles 50L - Pack of 24

    Root Royale Clay Pebbles 50L - Pack of 24

    DL Wholesale

    MSRP: $54.45
    $23.44
    ROOT ROYALE™Hydro Clay Pebbles are an environmentally friendly grow medium that can be reused over and over again! These clay pebbles have been fired in super-heated kilns causing them to expand and become extremely porous. These tiny holes and...
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  • FloraFlex FloraCaps 8'' x 8'' 2.0

    FloraFlex FloraCaps 8'' x 8'' 2.0

    FloraFlex

    MSRP: $31.99
    $5.55
    Place the revolutionary, patent-pending FloraCaps™on your 8" Rockwool cubes, and maximize your space in the Vegetative cycle. flower designed louvers block light, while allowing air, water, and nutrients to your plant. Reduce your top...
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  • FloraFlex FloraCap 2.0, 6 Inch FloraFlex FloraCap 2.0, 6 Inch - Hydroponics

    FloraFlex FloraCap 2.0, 6 Inch

    FloraFlex

    MSRP: $29.99
    $3.77
    FloraCap The FloraFlex FloraCap is a patent pending revolutionary tool for top feeding that also helps eliminate algae. The FloraCap 2.0 was redesigned to give you a more consistent flow rate, even distribution, a slightly increased air flow, and...
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  • Grodan Delta 5.6 with Hole, 3" x 3" x 4" - Case of 32 Grodan Delta 5.6 with Hole, 3" x 3" x 4" - Case of 32 - Hydroponics

    Grodan Delta 5.6 with Hole, 3" x 3" x 4" - Case of 32

    Grodan

    MSRP: $306.71
    $194.27
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  • Grodan Delta 4 Block, 3" x 3" x 2.5" with hole, case of 384 Grodan Delta 4 Block, 3" x 3" x 2.5" with hole, case of 384 - Hydroponics

    Grodan Delta 4 Block, 3" x 3" x 2.5" with hole, case of 384

    Grodan

    MSRP: $306.78
    $194.32
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