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  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Tropical Planter - 3x Bigger Harvests than Soil Grown Plants
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain (Banana) Large - £99.95
  • Rain & Drain Planter For Tropical & Exotic Plants - From £45.00
  • Rain & Drain Tropical Planter - From £99.95
  • Rain & Drain (Banana) Large - £99.95
  • Rain & Drain Large - £99.95

Tropical Planter

Grow exotics with this timed self-watering planter.

It's ideal for dwarf bananas, pineapple, ginger, lemongrass, cardamom and hot chillies. If you have something else in mind contact us and we'll advise.

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£45.00

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Made In England By Greenhouse Sensation

Free - £15.00 worth of extras

UK Standard Delivery: £4.95

Our Tropical Rain & Drain planter waters plants up to 15 x per day. 

The frequent watering makes it ideal for tropical edibles such as ginger, cape gooseberry, lemongrass, papaya, kiwi, pineapple and melon as well as producing outsatnding harvests of chillies and tomatoes.

Simply add water to the planter's reservoir, add the pebbles (included) and set the timer. The plants will be watered at the set times and any excess drains back to the reservoir. Fresh air is pulled down into the root area at every feed giving the roots an extra boost. 

Our instructions include guidance on choosing the right timer settings, but if you have any questions our Gardening Angels are always happy to help.

The planter costs a few pennies a day to run and you’ll be more than repaid by the huge harvests you’ll produce.

Need advice?

If you have any questions why not give us a call on 0845 602 3774 or send us an email info@greenhousesensation.co.uk.

Your Rain & Drain Planter includes everything you need to grow your own tropical plants:

  • Rain & Drain planter with pump and timer
  • Jargon-free instructions
  • pH testing kit and pH corrector

Free Extras worth £15.00:

  • 6 litres of reusable clay pebbles - to be used instead of soil
  • 5 Litres of concentrated plant nutrients - sufficient for one season

Videos: Take a look at what we are growing in our Rain & Drain Planters

Made in England by Greenhouse Sensation
2 Year Guarantee

Ask us a question

The Rain & Drain is ideal for growing tropical and exotic plants as well as traditional greenhouse crops because it can be timed to automatically feed and water plants several times a day depending on the needs of the plant.

Plant roots require access to air in order to absorb water and nutrients, but water pushes air out of soil. In the Rain & Drain pebbles are used instead of soil because roots can access air between the pebbles. The plants are drip-fed fed for 15minutes at a frequency decided by you, the pebbles can’t become water-logged, instead whatever the plant doesn’t need drains back into the reservoir and this drain action pulls even more fresh air into the root area boosting the ability of the roots to take-up the water and nutrients even further.

The principle behind this planter is that improving uptake of water, nutrients and oxygen improves plant health and size of harvest. It achieves this in the following ways...

1: Plant nutrients are dissolved in water rather than requiring the plant to extract them from soil. 

2: Very frequent watering provides regular access to water and nutrients so the plants are never lacking anything they need - whatever they don’t use drains back into the reservoir.

3:The roots are grown in pebbles where they have excellent access to oxygen.

Why not use soil? Soil is great for holding water until a plant is next fed and for providing nutrients. On the negative side, plants have to work hard to extract nutrients from soil and these nutrients can become depleted or concentrated. Soil also restricts access to oxygen because it becomes compacted when water is added. By dissolving a complete feed in water and pumping this to the roots constantly we are able to ensure the plants can always access what they need without having to restrict the roots in soil.

Behind the science - Greenhouse Sensation & Hydroponics
The Rain & Drain is a ‘hydroponic’ growing technique. John Molyneux, our founder and Chairman, was one of the pioneers of hydroponics. He was studying roots for a plant biology PhD project in the 1970s when it occurred to him that hydroponics, which was and still is used by commercial growers because it produces much improved yields, could be adapted for home-greenhouse use.

He designed a planter that would provide all the benefits of hydroponics on a smaller scale, bought a workshop in which to make the planters and the rest, as they say, is history. The first planter John designed was what is now the Vivigrow, originally launched in 1976, it is essentially the same now as it was then, great design stands the test of time. 

Our product range has expanded, our planters are now sold all over the world, the factory is bigger and we are a larger team, but the principle of using horticultural expertise to develop products that help anyone to grow better plants is still the same. We still manufacture our planters in Lancashire and John is still our Chairman and continues to lead our product development projects, demand extensive trials and generally keep us all in check.

John’s book ‘A Practical Guide to NFT’ has been reprinted 5 times, the late BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Geoff Hamilton was so impressed by John’s book and NFT planter that he contributed the Introduction to the book and commented:
The most comprehensive book yet written on NFT for all. Here is all you need to know about a method of growing that is not only highly productive, but a lot of fun too. I can thoroughly recommend it.”
 

Dimensions:
Rain & Drain Small - L55.5cm x W46cm x H29cm - reservoir holds 17 litres.
Rain & Drain Large - L71cm x W71cm x H26.5cm -reservoir holds 45 litres.

What You'll Receive
- Small or Large Rain & Drain Planter
- Pump
- Timer
- Pebbles (used instead of soil)
- pH testing kit and pH corrector
- Plant nutrients 
- Jargon-free instructions

UK Delivery

The maximum Mainland UK Delivery charge is £4.95
98% of our orders are delivered 2 workings days after the order is placed.
When your order is dispatched you will receive an email confirming the delivery date and a one hour delivery time slot (except for FeederMats, Nutrigrow replenishments, vouchers and seeds which are sent by Royal Mail) 

UK Mainland Standard Delivery: £4.95*

UK Mainland Replenishment Delivery (FeederMats, Nutrigrow refills): £2.95*

For orders outside of the UK please click HERE:
If Out

You can add 'If Out' delivery instructions (e.g. leave in garage) when you place your order. If you are not in and have not provided 'If Out' instructions the driver will leave a card with instructions of how to arrange re-delivery or collection from your local depot.

Returns

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, email info@greenhousesnesation.co.uk and we will provide instructions of how to return the goods. They must be returned in their oridinal condition and packaging within 14 days of receipt and we will issue a full refund. (excluding original delivery chanrge). If an item is damaged / faulty please notify us within 30 days.

N:B Definition of UK Mainland
UK Mainland is defined as postcodes on mainland England, Wales and Scotland excluding the following postcodes.
AB31-38, AB40-56, IV1-28 , IV30-32, IV36-49, IV51-56, IV63, KA27-28, KW, PA20-38, PA41-49, PA60-70, PH4-44, and PH49-50. 
Delivery to the above post codes incurs a surcharge, which will be displayed when you enter your postcode. 
*We are charged a minimum of £15 for delivery to the above postcodes, Islands and Ireland and we cap our charge to those areas at £15

 

 

 

  • Description
  • Details

    Made In England By Greenhouse Sensation

    Free - £15.00 worth of extras

    UK Standard Delivery: £4.95

    Our Tropical Rain & Drain planter waters plants up to 15 x per day. 

    The frequent watering makes it ideal for tropical edibles such as ginger, cape gooseberry, lemongrass, papaya, kiwi, pineapple and melon as well as producing outsatnding harvests of chillies and tomatoes.

    Simply add water to the planter's reservoir, add the pebbles (included) and set the timer. The plants will be watered at the set times and any excess drains back to the reservoir. Fresh air is pulled down into the root area at every feed giving the roots an extra boost. 

    Our instructions include guidance on choosing the right timer settings, but if you have any questions our Gardening Angels are always happy to help.

    The planter costs a few pennies a day to run and you’ll be more than repaid by the huge harvests you’ll produce.

    Need advice?

    If you have any questions why not give us a call on 0845 602 3774 or send us an email info@greenhousesensation.co.uk.

    Your Rain & Drain Planter includes everything you need to grow your own tropical plants:

    • Rain & Drain planter with pump and timer
    • Jargon-free instructions
    • pH testing kit and pH corrector

    Free Extras worth £15.00:

    • 6 litres of reusable clay pebbles - to be used instead of soil
    • 5 Litres of concentrated plant nutrients - sufficient for one season

    Videos: Take a look at what we are growing in our Rain & Drain Planters

    Made in England by Greenhouse Sensation
    2 Year Guarantee

    Ask us a question
  • Science
  • The Rain & Drain is ideal for growing tropical and exotic plants as well as traditional greenhouse crops because it can be timed to automatically feed and water plants several times a day depending on the needs of the plant.

    Plant roots require access to air in order to absorb water and nutrients, but water pushes air out of soil. In the Rain & Drain pebbles are used instead of soil because roots can access air between the pebbles. The plants are drip-fed fed for 15minutes at a frequency decided by you, the pebbles can’t become water-logged, instead whatever the plant doesn’t need drains back into the reservoir and this drain action pulls even more fresh air into the root area boosting the ability of the roots to take-up the water and nutrients even further.

    The principle behind this planter is that improving uptake of water, nutrients and oxygen improves plant health and size of harvest. It achieves this in the following ways...

    1: Plant nutrients are dissolved in water rather than requiring the plant to extract them from soil. 

    2: Very frequent watering provides regular access to water and nutrients so the plants are never lacking anything they need - whatever they don’t use drains back into the reservoir.

    3:The roots are grown in pebbles where they have excellent access to oxygen.

    Why not use soil? Soil is great for holding water until a plant is next fed and for providing nutrients. On the negative side, plants have to work hard to extract nutrients from soil and these nutrients can become depleted or concentrated. Soil also restricts access to oxygen because it becomes compacted when water is added. By dissolving a complete feed in water and pumping this to the roots constantly we are able to ensure the plants can always access what they need without having to restrict the roots in soil.

    Behind the science - Greenhouse Sensation & Hydroponics
    The Rain & Drain is a ‘hydroponic’ growing technique. John Molyneux, our founder and Chairman, was one of the pioneers of hydroponics. He was studying roots for a plant biology PhD project in the 1970s when it occurred to him that hydroponics, which was and still is used by commercial growers because it produces much improved yields, could be adapted for home-greenhouse use.

    He designed a planter that would provide all the benefits of hydroponics on a smaller scale, bought a workshop in which to make the planters and the rest, as they say, is history. The first planter John designed was what is now the Vivigrow, originally launched in 1976, it is essentially the same now as it was then, great design stands the test of time. 

    Our product range has expanded, our planters are now sold all over the world, the factory is bigger and we are a larger team, but the principle of using horticultural expertise to develop products that help anyone to grow better plants is still the same. We still manufacture our planters in Lancashire and John is still our Chairman and continues to lead our product development projects, demand extensive trials and generally keep us all in check.

    John’s book ‘A Practical Guide to NFT’ has been reprinted 5 times, the late BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Geoff Hamilton was so impressed by John’s book and NFT planter that he contributed the Introduction to the book and commented:
    The most comprehensive book yet written on NFT for all. Here is all you need to know about a method of growing that is not only highly productive, but a lot of fun too. I can thoroughly recommend it.”
     

  • Contents
  • Dimensions:
    Rain & Drain Small - L55.5cm x W46cm x H29cm - reservoir holds 17 litres.
    Rain & Drain Large - L71cm x W71cm x H26.5cm -reservoir holds 45 litres.

    What You'll Receive
    - Small or Large Rain & Drain Planter
    - Pump
    - Timer
    - Pebbles (used instead of soil)
    - pH testing kit and pH corrector
    - Plant nutrients 
    - Jargon-free instructions

  • Delivery
  • UK Delivery

    The maximum Mainland UK Delivery charge is £4.95
    98% of our orders are delivered 2 workings days after the order is placed.
    When your order is dispatched you will receive an email confirming the delivery date and a one hour delivery time slot (except for FeederMats, Nutrigrow replenishments, vouchers and seeds which are sent by Royal Mail) 

    UK Mainland Standard Delivery: £4.95*

    UK Mainland Replenishment Delivery (FeederMats, Nutrigrow refills): £2.95*

    For orders outside of the UK please click HERE:
    If Out

    You can add 'If Out' delivery instructions (e.g. leave in garage) when you place your order. If you are not in and have not provided 'If Out' instructions the driver will leave a card with instructions of how to arrange re-delivery or collection from your local depot.

    Returns

    If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, email info@greenhousesnesation.co.uk and we will provide instructions of how to return the goods. They must be returned in their oridinal condition and packaging within 14 days of receipt and we will issue a full refund. (excluding original delivery chanrge). If an item is damaged / faulty please notify us within 30 days.

    N:B Definition of UK Mainland
    UK Mainland is defined as postcodes on mainland England, Wales and Scotland excluding the following postcodes.
    AB31-38, AB40-56, IV1-28 , IV30-32, IV36-49, IV51-56, IV63, KA27-28, KW, PA20-38, PA41-49, PA60-70, PH4-44, and PH49-50. 
    Delivery to the above post codes incurs a surcharge, which will be displayed when you enter your postcode. 
    *We are charged a minimum of £15 for delivery to the above postcodes, Islands and Ireland and we cap our charge to those areas at £15

     

     

     

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Customer Reviews

Hydroculture - seeing is believing! Review by Bill
Quality
I'm a home grower of chillies. I used to grow 10 or 12 plants from seed each year in my conservatory. When I stumbled upon a Greenhouse Sensation blog with a picture of hundreds of chillies off a single plant, I didn't really believe it.

I decided to give it a go though, and called Greenhouse Sensation to find out what was best for me. The time they took to explain things to me was amazing. I bought a single ""Tropical Planter"" (called ""Ebb & Flow"" at the time). I now only grow four chilli plants each year, and get loads more chillies than I did before from 10 or 12.

I now fill my freezer, make loads of pickled chillies, and still end up giving away hundreds of chillies to family, friends, and colleagues - all from a single hydroculture planter.

I would never have done this without seeing the Greenhouse sensation blog and, more importantly, without the patient help and guidance from the Greenhouse Sensation staff. Many thanks. (Posted on 13/07/2015)
Absolute Pleasure Review by Anon
Quality
I now have 4 of these! This company is an absolute pleasure pleasure to deal with.

Friendly and helpful .Rapid despatch and delivery (next day or to suit ) They obviously enjoy what they do . Cannot fault them. Very well built , sturdy unit (Posted on 07/05/2013)
Huge harvest Review by Robert
Quality
My "Ildi" tomatoes were grown in one of these units. The truss contained more than 140 tomatoes (I stopped counting at 140). Also 79 ripe tomatoes picked from one truss.

The only thing I did wrong was put four tomato plants in your unit,yes I know you recommend three,but I was too greedy,but lesson learned for next time!!!

Robert Finlay a more than satisfied customer !!!
(Posted on 30/04/2013)
Brilliant Review by Anon
Quality
I grew aubergines and chillies in mine last year and got a huge crop. Very impressed! (Posted on 30/04/2013)
Excellent Review by Mr B
MY EXOTICS PLANTER IS EXCELLENT. A TRULY WONDERFUL FIRM AND A PLEASURE TO DEAL WITH. (Posted on 08/12/2012)
This planter is a dream to use Review by Matt, Simpsons Seeds
This planter is a dream to use. Crops grown in it dramatically out performed those grown in growbags, which needed much more care, esp on watering in hot weather (Posted on 05/12/2012)
Fantastic Review by Claire
I have found the rain and drain to be fantastic. It seems to work perfectly in tandem with the plants' requirements. (Posted on 03/08/2012)
Excellent service as well as product Review by Simon
My large Ebb & Flood is great and I just wanted to thank you for the extra copy of the instructions that you sent in the post. Greenhouse Sensation's after-sales service is excellent. It's great to deal with a company that looks after its customers so well. (Posted on 19/09/2011)

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Customer Reviews

Hydroculture - seeing is believing! Review by Bill
Quality
I'm a home grower of chillies. I used to grow 10 or 12 plants from seed each year in my conservatory. When I stumbled upon a Greenhouse Sensation blog with a picture of hundreds of chillies off a single plant, I didn't really believe it.

I decided to give it a go though, and called Greenhouse Sensation to find out what was best for me. The time they took to explain things to me was amazing. I bought a single ""Tropical Planter"" (called ""Ebb & Flow"" at the time). I now only grow four chilli plants each year, and get loads more chillies than I did before from 10 or 12.

I now fill my freezer, make loads of pickled chillies, and still end up giving away hundreds of chillies to family, friends, and colleagues - all from a single hydroculture planter.

I would never have done this without seeing the Greenhouse sensation blog and, more importantly, without the patient help and guidance from the Greenhouse Sensation staff. Many thanks. (Posted on 13/07/2015)
Absolute Pleasure Review by Anon
Quality
I now have 4 of these! This company is an absolute pleasure pleasure to deal with.

Friendly and helpful .Rapid despatch and delivery (next day or to suit ) They obviously enjoy what they do . Cannot fault them. Very well built , sturdy unit (Posted on 07/05/2013)
Huge harvest Review by Robert
Quality
My "Ildi" tomatoes were grown in one of these units. The truss contained more than 140 tomatoes (I stopped counting at 140). Also 79 ripe tomatoes picked from one truss.

The only thing I did wrong was put four tomato plants in your unit,yes I know you recommend three,but I was too greedy,but lesson learned for next time!!!

Robert Finlay a more than satisfied customer !!!
(Posted on 30/04/2013)

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