CCRES Application Tips

CCRES Application Tips

Net Pots

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Net Pot Example 1 Net Pot Example 2 Net Pot Example 3
Hold seedling at the top of the pot. (Rinse dirt from roots if started in soil.) Carefully add Expanded Shale around the roots to the top of the pot. Moisten the Expanded Shale to prevent the roots from drying.
Flood & Drain (Ebb & Flow) NFT
Flood & Drain Example NFT Example
Flood nutrient water every 1-1.5 hours for 10-15 minutes. Flood more frequently under hot conditions. Insert wick while adding Expanded Shale. Nutrient water should continuously flow over wick.

Grow Beds

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Grow Bed Example 1 Grow Bed Example 2 Grow Bed Example 3
Pour Expanded Shale into grow bed and level. To reduce evaporation and algae growth, keep maximum flood level 1″ below the surface. Like traditional soil, dig a hole and place seedling in hole. (Rinse dirt from roots if started in soil.) Carefully backfill hole. If seeding directly, following seeding instructions on package. Keep Expanded Shale moist until roots develop or seeds sprout. Flood nutrient water every 1-1.5 hours for 10-15 minutes. Flood more frequently under hot conditions.

Vertical Towers

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Filling Growing Tower Grow Tower Seedling Filling Growing Tower
Add Expanded Shale to the base of the growing tower. Place a filter around drain to prevent clogging. Insert seedling and carefully place Expanded Shale around the roots. Continue adding growing media to the next level.
Step 4 Step 5 Notes
Watering Seedling Growing Tower Flood
  • Continue watering plants until roots develop and can get enough moisture from the flood cycle.
  • Occasionally check towers for root-bound plants and clogged drain.
Moisten the Expanded Shale at each seedling to prevent the roots from drying. Flood nutrient water every 1-1.5 hours for 10-15 minutes. Flood more frequently under hot conditions.

Other Notes:

  • Expanded Shale will retain moisture in its pockets and fisures. Many people have found that it is not necessary to run their systems at night.
  • The above diagrams are generic samples and don’t pertain to any particular setup. Every system is different depending on the environmental conditions, plants, and nutrients.
  • Flood and drain times can vary depending on environmental conditions or sizes/types of plants.
  • Do you have a question about using Expanded Shale? Please contact us on solarserdar@gmail.com
  • CCRES AQUAPONICS
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