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Name: Hank Alvarez
Moscow Mills, Missouri (Zone 6a)
MoscowMillsHank
May 20, 2020 9:36 AM CST
My gratitude goes out to those of you who answered my queries on instruments.

I have another question: Is anyone growing with Eco Pots and artificial lighting? I was turned on to them by one of my last instructors in hydroponics, she ran a product test lab. I've been using them for about ten years now but the move from southern California initiated some changes. At CA, inside I had a grow tent to start my seeds under T-5 fluorescent fixtures early in Jan. I had a small 6' by 10' greenhouse to harden them off and then it all went into a series of raised beds 8' by 40', 3' by 35' by 3', 3' by 8' and large containers.

I'm still using the Eco Pots but I've switched to LED's and o far so good. I don't have the tent anymore but I do have a walk in basement with a lot of windows. I don't have the green house but soon I will have four 8' by 4' raised beds and I be going out into the craziest here. I'd like to connect with anyone using Eco Pots because I think I have the last of them that were made and I'm comfortable with them. Inside, that's my rest of the year growing environment.
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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oneeyeluke
May 20, 2020 12:28 PM CST
Can you shoot a photo of the Eco pots?
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Name: Hank Alvarez
Moscow Mills, Missouri (Zone 6a)
MoscowMillsHank
May 22, 2020 8:22 AM CST
Oneeyeluke:
I'll try to. I'm a worse photographer than gardener but I'll go take a picture of it. I did, but as predicted they were terrible. I have an old dumb phone. What I'm attaching is what my wife took with her smart phone.
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What you should see is one put together and next to it the three pieces of another one. There's the pot, the disc that is the top of the reservoir that the fill tube fits into. The reservoir is about an inch smaller diamerter and there are holes in it so that you can't overfill the pot and drown your plant's roots. They're expensive: @ $100 for six or $180 for twelve.

This winter, with our crazy weather, I've grown everything in them from herbs to veggies and fruit. The last source I had was a hydroponics store in GA but his source seems to have dried up. Hope that helps, Happy gardening, Hank

Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Quitter's never Win
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oneeyeluke
May 23, 2020 10:52 AM CST
Super cool and so much fun too. It's very possible to outgrow, outdoor plants using a set-up like this. I have a couple 2000 watt LED lights that will grow indoor plants bigger, better and faster than a lot of outdoor plants. I only use big lights during the Winter so I can catch the heat and heat up my house.

Using a 3 part nutrient mix, I can change the nutrients from vegetative to flowering, just by changing my nutrients and photoperiod. Do you aerate your reservoir with a aquarium pump? I found that it makes a big difference?
Post some photos this Winter so everyone can see how cool those pots are. Thank you so much for sharing.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
Name: Hank Alvarez
Moscow Mills, Missouri (Zone 6a)
MoscowMillsHank
May 23, 2020 1:31 PM CST
OneeyeLuke:
As fast as they suck it up I don't have to aireate it. Most of the year I only have to feed them once every week to ten days but my tomatoes are all bearing fruit in the basement and they are real thirsty. Now I water them once to two times a week with filtered well water and Miracle Grow Liquafeed corrected to between 6 and 6.5 pH. That keeps the Miracle Grow Moisture Control Potting Soil at 7. If you can find a source for Eco Pots I've found them worth the investment. The soil buggers the changes that I worked with in hydroponics. It's slow but a more relaxed grow.

Growing inside I've gone from T-5 fluorescent lamps to 50 watt Honeywell LED's from Sam's Club. The light is blue green at at about 5,000K. Great for vegging. It keeps everything going and they're affordable. That was a real issue in CA where the Edison company charged dearly for energy. Hope that helps, Hank.

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