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Transferring plants to Lechuza PON
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Transferring plants to Lechuza PON


Lechuza ‘PON’

What is Lechuza?

Lechuza PON is a substrate that can be used for all plants instead of the classic potting mix. You can use it for almost all plants that you keep in your indoor jungle. Not every plant will fell optimally in it, but you can adjust the way you use PON to the advantage of your plants. With regard to some species, there are opposing views: you will meet people who keep their exotic Anthuriums in PON, and there are people who would never ever do that. We will get to that later.

LECHUZA PON contains :

  1. pumice
  2. zeolites – keeps the pH stable
  3. lava
  4. NPK fertiliser that contains magnesium and trace nutrients effective for 6 months.


Benefits

What are the benefits of growing plants in PON?

First of all, who doesn’t love to immerse their fingers in some fresh potting mix? I get it. We love the soil, there is even a study proving that the microorganisms that live in it help reduce depression (sic! those cuties are Mycobacterium vaccae). Not all of my plants are in PON and I think that I want to maintain some diversity in that respect, but when it comes to aroids (especially philodendrons) and hoyas I will always recommend PON. Lets get to the benefits versus the potting mix:

First and probably the most important for me is pest control – as there is no soil, it is harder for pests to lay eggs in the ground. Also, it is easier to wash them out when they do appear.

Then of course is the growth! – I’ve noticed a lot bigger leaves and many more of them since, especially my Alocasias, are in PON. I don’t know about Hoyas yet, but they sure do root pretty easily in PON.

And the watering – when you learn how to water PON (there are a few options which I cover in the next paragraph) it is a lot easier than the soil and there is a lesser risk of overwatering the plant. So if you tend to be too generous with water, PON may be for you.


Self-watering pots

Are they worth it?

Ok, so when it comes to watering, the Lechuza self-watering pots are really useful because if you have a lot of plants (and I mean A LOT), it is pretty hard to keep everyone happy on their individual schedule. If you have a self-watering pot then you have more free time. I refill the water approximately every three weeks.

it is not obligatory though to have an original lehuza pot. For example now I’m testing the COBLE pots. They look pretty much the same (also ugly! ;)) but 2 euros cheaper, which with 100 + plants does make a difference. You can also make the pot yourself using pots without holes and a string.


Transfer

How to transfer your plant from a different medium to PON?


Aroids in PON

How to grow them?

I have been growing plants in PON since April and this is what I have observed for Aroids.

First of all, you have to always be aware of the conditions in your house. Light, humidity, airflow, temperature – those are the crucial factors and you have to adjust them appropriately to grow Aroids successfully. It varies from apartment to apartment what plant will grow best in what medium and in my case I find it easy to grow all Philodendrons, but not Anthuriums (but I know that people are growing Anthuriums in PON with a great success). I live in Luxembourg which means – a lot of rain and humidity, low light and temperatures from 14 to 25 Celsius inside. Always observe your plants and try to give them a few months to adapt to the new environment.


Hoyas in PON

How to grow them?

As Hoyas don’t like to be in water all the time, I don’t use self-watering pots, but regular pots without holes. It takes some time to know when time is ripe for a refill. I will write about this a little bit more soon. If you want to start immediately with Hoyas in PON then I do recommend putting them in transparent pots, so you can always supervise the condition of the roots. How to know if the PON is still wet? It gets brighter and if you use transparent cups, then you can observe a little bit of condensed water on the inside of the pot. It means that there is still some moisture inside.

I also have a very good results at rooting Hoyas directly in PON. It took about one week for the roots to emerge and 2-3 to establish. All you have to remember is to keep the PON moist and help with rooting with a Rhizotonic solution. I used it twice a day for a week.

2 thoughts on “Transferring plants to Lechuza PON

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      do you have to put a string in the pot? I just transferred my silver blush antherium to a plastic pot that sits inside of a metal pot with water in the bottom enough to touch the pot insert? Would also welcome info. on this antherium. ty.

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