Lechuza PON is an ideal soil alternative that serves as an ideal plant substrate in areas where conventional soil should not be used. It contains high-quality mineral stones free from contamination and pollutants.
Your plants’ optimal air/water ratio of 45% water/55% air helps reduce their vulnerability to disease and makes them stronger. Furthermore, this mixture is structurally sound with no condensation present.
Pon is a granulated hydroponic soil alternative, composed of zeolite, lava rock, pumice and slow-release fertiliser. Lechuza is the best known brand; however there are differences between brands when it comes to ingredients used and whether pon is sold alone or mixed into potting mix.
Pon has an air permeable structure similar to organic potting mix and is more porous than typical soil or potting mix, meaning it regulates water better and stays moist longer with even moisture distribution – even in case of neglectful watering! This makes Pon an ideal choice for growing plants in planters with sub-irrigation systems as it doesn’t condense or get hard over time like other substrates do, and can last years before needing replacement!
During production, all fine particles are filtered out, which reduces the amount of dust and dirt in the substrate and keeps it airy and free draining. This helps roots adjust quickly to their new environment and avoid transplant shock if you’re moving a large plant with lots of roots.
To begin, repot your plant or rooted cutting into a fresh pot (or use an existing pot if available) with fresh substrate. It’s best if the size of the pot is small (less than 20cm in diameter), as this will minimize shock during transplantation if its root volume is larger.
Once your plant is in the pot, top-water it thoroughly until all of the drainage holes are wet and water is pouring out the holes. This should be enough water to flush away dust or fines; however, you may still need to give the roots another good soaking afterwards to make sure their roots are getting adequately saturated!
If you’re using a water reservoir, fill it half full and wait at least two weeks before re-watering again. This gives the pon an opportunity to settle and absorb any nutrients given in the initial watering.
Putting it in the pot
Pon is a plant substrate that lacks soil. It consists of zeolite, lava rock, pumice and slow-release fertilizer and can be used in hydroponics or semi-hydroponic systems to grow plants without access to soil.
Pon can be used in several ways to create potted plants: You can either add a layer of Pon to the bottom (as I do in my terrariums), or fill a planter entirely with it. If you opt for the latter option, the first step is preparing the container beforehand.
To do this, take the plant out of its current container and carefully scoop away any excess soil around it. Doing this will allow the roots to grow into the pot without having to completely empty out the pot.
Next, thoroughly rinse the roots of your plant to eliminate any organic matter present. Doing this helps prevent root rot which can develop in an anaerobic environment.
Once your plants’ roots have been rinsed, place them in a large enough pot to accommodate them comfortably and spread out. If using a hessian liner, lay this down at the bottom of your pot so it covers everything inside; then begin filling the container with soil, firming it up as you go.
You can also sprinkle some Myco on the base of your Pon-filled pot to provide beneficial bacteria for the roots. This will encourage them to expand their root system and boost resistance against pests and diseases.
Finally, water your plant as usual to provide it with adequate nutrition and prevent root rot in its pot.
You could also try using a self-watering planter specifically designed for pon. These are user friendly and come with a water reservoir that automatically refills. However, do not pour water into the reservoir during the first couple of weeks as your plant has not yet developed enough roots to sustain itself within a pon.
Filling the pot
Pon is a soil alternative that can be added to your potting mix or used on its own. While it’s usually more expensive up front, investing in Pon will pay off over time as it’s reusable and will last years with proper upkeep. Furthermore, Pon soils tend to be less dense than most, allowing airflow around roots and lessening pests and diseases.
It comes in various sizes, from 0.8 gallons (3l) bags up to 6.6 gallons (25l). Ultimately, the amount required depends on your plant’s size and substrate type.
Once your plants arrive from the supplier, remove them from their plastic bags and place them in trays of water to rehydrate them. Make sure they don’t receive direct sunlight for several days until planting season begins.
Once you are ready to pot them up, opt for a pot with drainage holes or self-watering planter. Make sure the rim of the pot is deep enough to contain the water reservoir and keep your plants moist throughout.
Once the bottom quarter or so of the pot has been covered with Pon, insert the root ball on top. You may wish to sprinkle some Myco on this layer as well; simply sprinkle it directly under where the root ball will rest.
After potting up, top-water the Pon thoroughly until its surfaces are evenly wet and water seeping out of its drainage holes. Doing this will flush away debris and ensure the roots and pon are adequately hydrated all around, just as with soil or potting mix.
Top-watering your plants isn’t necessary every time you water, but it is wise to do it once a week or when the Pon appears dry than usual. Doing this helps the Pon become used to being moistened throughout rather than just in its drainage holes.
Once the Pon is fully hydrated and its roots are growing strong, you can begin adding slow-release fertilizer to the water reservoir. This will increase microbial activity and supply more essential nutrients to its roots; alternatively, you could also use seaweed fertilizer if desired.
Watering is essential for plants. Without enough moisture, they will suffer and fail to grow properly, potentially creating an anaerobic environment which is detrimental to the plant.
To effectively water a pon plant, the best method is to use a soaker hose. However, if you don’t have access to one, regular watering cans can still be used; just remember to water at least once every two weeks if possible.
You can tell if your plant needs water by sticking your finger into the soil and feeling for dryness. If it appears that your soil is already parched, make sure to provide plenty of hydration immediately.
Another way to determine if your plant requires more water is by studying its leaves. Curled, wilting or brown leaves indicate they require additional moisture. You can also use a water meter to determine exactly how much extra you need for each individual plant.
When watering a pon plant, it is essential to fill the reservoir below the red line. Doing this ensures your plants receive adequate water supply.
It is especially essential when transplanting your plant from an existing potting medium. Not all plants will adapt smoothly, and some may experience transplant shock which could result in die off or anaerobic conditions.
After you transfer your plant into the Lechuza Pon, it is time to fill its reservoir with water. Do this as soon as possible after placing your plant inside the Lechuza Pon. This is essential in providing enough water for the plants growth, so do this immediately after transplanting them.
Once planted, water it on a weekly basis until it is established. This could take anywhere from several weeks to months depending on how big and healthy the plant looks and how well it adapts in Lechuza Pon.