Hydroponic Plant Pot

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Hydroponic Plant Pot by vik Feb 1, 2012
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No, not that kind of pot. The kind you grow things IN! This hydroponics pot has a grid at the bottom to hold growing medium (perlite, vermiculite,pummice, clay beads etc.) in. If the plant's roots take control of the pot, these ones are made of Diamond Age Solutions' Ivory PLA so the whole lot can go in the compost bin when the growing season is over!


Modify dimensions in the OpenSCAD source files if desired.

Print. Gently pack with moist growing medium to within your seed's planting depth of the top. Plant seed(s) gently on surface, then top up with more growing medium and gently firm down.

Place directly in the hydroponics run, or start of in a tray of dilute nutrient until the seeds sprout and then transplant into the run.



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Once a "Broccoli Tree" has gone rampant through a hydroponic pot, believe me it's shredded well :)

Note that PLA is defined as "commercially compostable". I.e. it'll break down in 30-45 days (or so) in commercial composting facilities where the compost is both in larger volume (hotter composting) and is turned often.

PLA will break down in home compost, but it may take considerably longer to do so. You'll really, really, really want to shred the ever living heck out of it if you do try to compost it!!

For blowers, joiners, end pieces, pots and similar low-pressure applications PLA does not noticeably change, though it will bleach out colour in direct sunlight.

I can't say I've tried pressurised fittings but I'd be wary :)

Very Nice!

Btw, does PLA's physical properties change when used in this context?
I was thinking something like this: http://our.windowfarms.org/2011/12/20/aquaponic-window-garden-with-aeratorpump-mod/http://our.windowfarms.org/201...
(Makes fine curtains... next year I suppose)

This would enable me to print your pots and either make modifi
cations for eyelets on em and/or print a platform that also could act as a structural component with eyelets for strings.

But I guess PLA get weak when hydrated?
Also, since I do not buy sugar-random ester-coloringsubstance-water-products or even worse buy plain water; I do not want to support tha
t industry.