Microfiber cloth strips oughta work, I think. Again, you can try it in a cup and see...
So how will this work? You put the sponge into like an AG cup, and microfiber strips held to sponge via the plastic cup, and hanging down, then fill in with hydroton?
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I heard back from Hydrofarm on th Emily's Garden. The first response was to make sure the seedling roots were immersed in nutes. I emailed back that it would be very difficult to have a seedling with 5 inch roots. The second response offered to send me the capillary mats that should have been included in the kit! Weird because they aren't on the kit contents list but are included in an old version (via web search) of the content list. So, not sure what is going on but really can't plant seedlings in this hydro as is. I have no idea when they'll get around to sending them so I guess I'll have to jury rig something in the meantime. I was thinking of using microfiber cloth strips. Thoughts?? No pressure - I just need to have a fully functional unit with a growing plant or two by 22 Feb
Hi Beth I don't think capillary action will be significant with clay pellets. The pellets are too big and the space between them is too large. I tried measuring how far water would creep up perlite and was surprised that it was between 1 and 2 inches.
Hi Beth, I think you may have to try this first just to make doubly sure.
If you are doing DWC the air pump is a major factor in getting the nutrient up to the plant/seedling, I usually start with the water 1" below the net pots, the air pump splashes and splatters the hydroton wetting it at different heights.
You can try it in a dixie cup, but... I doubt it.
When I've used hydroton, I've done the ebb&flood thing (and usually left it flooded).