We have moved again - now at St Kilda. You can contact us on 0411 105 365. We are in the process of setting up hydroponic and aquaculture displays.

Monday 0930 to 1730
Friday 0930 to 1730
Saturday 0930 to 1230

We are available for consultation and site visits at these times- other times by appointment by email (robin@soladome.com.au)

After 35 years at 44 Chapel Street it was time for a change to a web based operation and to offer guidance based on many years of practical experience.

 

 

Hydroponics

What is Hydroponics?

A method of growing plants without soil (soilless cultivation).

There are two main branches of hydroponics - one is cultivation using soil substitutes like gravels and perlite and the other is cultivation without any medium where the plant roots are suspended in a mist or water or lie flat and are bathed with a thin film of oxgenated nutrient solution.

How does it work?

In an ideal hydroponic system the root environment of the plant is supplied with all the oxygen, water and dissolved nutrients at the concentrations and temperature that the plant requires for its particular stage of growth. The leaves and stem of the plant require light of the correct spectrum and intensity and photoperiod (daylength) as well as air quality and movement, temperature and humidity.

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Who can use hydroponics?

Everyone can use hydroponics to grow the plants that normally grow in their area. Because soil tilling and weeding is not required hydroponic growing is popular with young children, retired and handicapped people.

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How do I start?

Simple introductory instructions and advice for starting out - either as a hobby or as a business.

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Indoor Cultivation

Helpful advice and explanations of the main concepts that you need for growing hydroponically indoors - both for the hobbyist, as well as the commercial farmer.

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Outdoor Cultivation

Helpful advice and explanations of the main concepts that you need for growing hydroponically outdoors - both for the hobbyist, as well as the commercial farmer.

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Information & Education

Some useful books and publications dealing with hydroponics and local interest groups to help you further your knowledge.

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Making hydroponic plant nutrient solutions from powders

All the hows and whys of mixing and using powdered nutrient.

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