Open House
Hydroponic Planter (SIP) Workshop
Brooklyn Commons, April 30, 2017

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SIPs: Sub-Irrigating Planters

Building sub-irrigating planters from recycled bottles!

The Takeaways:
- Repurposing plastic bottles
- Using felt for capillary action: the fabric soaks the water from the bottom reservoir UP to the plant
- Learning what plants need to grow: air, minerals from water, minerals from soil
- Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil.

At Home:
- ONLY add water to the reservoir after the top layer of soil has dried (1/2 inch)
- When the plant grows bigger, its roots might 'stitch' into the felt and go directly into the water. This is the beginning of hydroponics!
- When the roots make contact with the water in the bottom reservoir directly, keep the roots moist.
- Don't worry if the amount of soil decreases. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil. As the plant grows bigger, soon there will be no soil left; only roots!

Neat Fact:
- With this method, the plant will grow as big as its roots can fit the container! 


Thank you for coming and having fun with us!

If you enjoyed this event, you would love our course 'How It Grows'

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