If you're a competitive or adventurous gardeners then you'll love growing in water with a planter such as our Vivigrow Hydroponic planter. It's a great way to acheive 3-4x bigger harvests of your favourite tomatoes, chillies and other tall cropping vegetables normally grown in water.
Watch our video with our super Gardening Angel Paul and learn how our bumper harvest producing Vivigrow Planter works.
Our Vivigrow planter is an advanced planter which produces bigger harvests of your favourite fruits and vegetables because the roots grow in super-aerated water instead of being constrained in wet soil. The great thing about growing in water with our Vivigrow planters is that it constantly pumps water and nutrients to the plants roots so they have access to everything they need when they need it. Whatever your plants don’t need will drain back into the reservoir.
The Vivigrow is a ‘hydroponic’ growing technique and our very own founder of Greenhouse Sensation was one of the pioneers of hydroponics. He developed the Vivigrow so that this technique of growing in water in a soil-less planter could be adapted for home/greenhouse use on a smaller scale.
The beauty of the Vivigrow planter is that the planter pumps a constant stream of water & nutrients over your plants’ roots, which encourages your plants to take up more water, nutrients and oxygen compared to if you were growing in soil. Take a look at our video of our founder harvesting a mass of chillies grown in our 3 Plant Vivigrow Planter at the end of the growing season.
We like to raise plants in rockwool cubes from seed or cutting before transplanting in to our Vivigrow, but if you prefer to buy plants, you can dust the compost off and pop them into the Vivigrow. Before transplanting, make sure your plants have abundant white roots on the outside of your soil or rockwool cube.
Q. Can I grow plants from seed in the ViviGrow?
A. It is not recommended to do this. The Vivigrow is designed for growing plants from planting out stage to maturity.
Q. What plants can I grow in my ViviGrow?
A. Any plant. Although best results are achieved with fast growing crop plants, such as tomatoes, chillies and cucumbers.
Q. Where can I use ViviGrow?
A. A greenhouse, polytunnel or conservatory is ideal but anywhere with plenty of light, air and heat (but not too hot) is fine.
Q. Can I mix plant species in my ViviGrow?
A. Yes. More vigorous plants should be placed higher in the planter, for example tomatoes should be nearer the delivery tube and peppers nearer the water outlet of the growing tray.
Q. What should I do with water and nutrients emptied from the reservoir?
A. Use it on pot plants, borders, hanging baskets or the vegetable patch.
Q. How can I tell if my water supply is ‘hard’?
A. You don’t get much lather with hardwater and it furs up the kettle. If you are in any doubt use ‘universal’ greenhouse sensation™ nutrients.
Q. My water supply is really hard. Is it ok for the ViviGrow?
A. Yes it’s fine but we would recommend using hardwater nutrients.
Q. How much topping-up is normal?
A. It depends on how well your plants are growing. The more topping-up they need the better the growth. Our record is approx 12 litres per day for two ‘Hero’ chilli plants in a 3-plant ViviGrow.
Q. My plants have water droplets on the leaf each morning. Is it ok?
A. Yes it is sign of good health.
Q. How long can I expect the nutrient pack to last?
A. The more nutrient solution the plant uses the healthier it is. You can expect nutrient packs for the ViviGrow to last a season.
Taking the plunge into growing in water instead of growing in soil can be a bit daunting, but it’s really easy. If you have any questions or would like to know more, then one of our lovely Greenhouse Sensation Gardening Angels will be more than happy to help. Give us a call on 0845 602 3774 or pop us over an email email@example.com
Read our fun guide on some extra facts on the origins of growing in water and take a look at our other grow in water planters below: