We have moved - but just up the street to 38 Chapel Street and our new hours are

Monday 0930 to 1730
Friday 0930 to 1730
Saturday 0930 to 1230

We are available for consultation and site visits at these times- other times by appointment by email (robin@soladome.com.au)

After 35 years at 44 Chapel Street it was time for a change to a web based operation and to offer guidance based on many years of practical experience.

 

 

Soladome Hydroponics ?

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil.

Soladome has a number of simple systems from $1.00 to get you started.

The plants are grown in a sterile material called a medium - some of the popular mediums are Versarock, Perlite, Vermiculite, Growool, Expanded clay, quartz gravel, dolomite.

A fertiliser especially made for hydroponic growing is mixed with water and fed to the plants.

The plant containers can be placed at a convenient height to avoid bending down and because there is no soil then there are no soil-bourne diseases or pests to worry about. There are fewer weeds and because the mediums are generally well drained the roots have plenty of air for healthy root development.

All sorts of containers can be used to hold the medium and plant. All your old plant pots can be adapted for use in a simple system. There are automatic feeding and watering systems to suit a variety of climatic situations.

Although there has been a lot of recent interest in hydroponics this method of growing dates back to 600 BC wuth the Hanging Gardens of Babylon located in what is now southern Iraq. King Nebuchadrezzar The Second built a series of hanging and terraced gardens to cosole his wife and remind her of her undulating and lush homeland.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil.

Soladome has a number of simple systems from $1.00 to get you started.

The plants are grown in a sterile material called a medium - some of the popular mediums are Versarock, Perlite, Vermiculite, Growool, Expanded clay, quartz gravel, dolomite.

A fertiliser especially made for hydroponic growing is mixed with water and fed to the plants.

The plant containers can be placed at a convenient height to avoid bending down and because there is no soil then there are no soil-bourne diseases or pests to worry about. There are fewer weeds and because the mediums are generally well drained the roots have plenty of air for healthy root development.

All sorts of containers can be used to hold the medium and plant. All your old plant pots can be adapted for use in a simple system. There are automatic feeding and watering systems to suit a variety of climatic situations.

Although there has been a lot of recent interest in hydroponics this method of growing dates back to 600 BC wuth the Hanging Gardens of Babylon located in what is now southern Iraq. King Nebuchadrezzar The Second built a series of hanging and terraced gardens to cosole his wife and remind her of her undulating and lush homeland.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil.

Soladome has a number of simple systems from $1.00 to get you started.

The plants are grown in a sterile material called a medium - some of the popular mediums are Versarock, Perlite, Vermiculite, Growool, Expanded clay, quartz gravel, dolomite.

A fertiliser especially made for hydroponic growing is mixed with water and fed to the plants.

The plant containers can be placed at a convenient height to avoid bending down and because there is no soil then there are no soil-bourne diseases or pests to worry about. There are fewer weeds and because the mediums are generally well drained the roots have plenty of air for healthy root development.

All sorts of containers can be used to hold the medium and plant. All your old plant pots can be adapted for use in a simple system. There are automatic feeding and watering systems to suit a variety of climatic situations.

Although there has been a lot of recent interest in hydroponics this method of growing dates back to 600 BC wuth the Hanging Gardens of Babylon located in what is now southern Iraq. King Nebuchadrezzar The Second built a series of hanging and terraced gardens to cosole his wife and remind her of her undulating and lush homeland.

The king built a series of terraces which were roofed with stone on which was laid various materials in layers. Reeds, bitumen and lead were used so that inorganic water could seep through the terraces. Water was pumped to the gardens from the River Euphrates.

Aztecs 1n the fifteenth century had functioning hydroponic gardens in the form of rafts of branches covered with rotten vegetables - Crops thrived on these bases which floated on lakes.

Marco Polo recorded seeing floating gardens in China

John Woodward in England in 1691 experimented and showed that certain substances derived from earth were responsible for plant growth.

De Saussure in 1800 and Bousssingault in 1850 in France showed that certain elements derived from soil and from gases in the atmosphere caused plants to grow.

Sachs in 1860 and Knop in 1865 working in Germany as plant physiologists made up a synthetic solution of essential plant nutrients in water to make plants grow.

Dr F.W. Geriche in the United States of America played a pioneer role in the development of commercial hydroponics . Using a water culture in large tanks he grew tomato plants so tall that a ladder was necessary to pick the fruit and Dr Geriche also achieved sensational yields.

During the second world war in the Pacific the United States of America set up large hydroponic farms to supply their troops with fresh salade vegatables.

Commercial hydroponic farming has become very sophisticated since the early work done by Dr Geriche and Australia is at the leading edge in the development of commercial hydroponic growing and there are farms with up to 250,000 strawberry plants and others producing 6,000 lettuces a week.

Hydroponic growing is ideal where space is at a premium and working the soil is difficult. When people move from a house with a garden into a home unit or apartment one of the painfull results is the loss of a garden that has been developed over the years. Hydroponics allows a person to quickly create a convenient vegetable and flower garden without a lot of backache.

With the modern methods flowers, shrubs, herbs and vegetables can be quickly established in an easy to maintain system indoors or outdoors.

If you are in the Norwood area come and see Soladome at 44 Chapel Street ( Tel 61-8-3628042 ) and pick up a brochure and some further reading material and a free sample of hydroponic medium in a small pot ready to plant a seed or seedling.