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Loofah Sponge as a Replacement for Wicking Basket in SWC??

Posted by rnewste 8b NorCal ( on
Tue, Jan 11, 11 at 23:50

Thinking of alternatives to a wicking basket in the EarthTainer to eliminate the Potting Mix sitting in the water reservoir. The benefit would be to have pristine water in the reservoir.

I've come across a 7 inch Loofah Sponge that I think would perform the necessary wicking into the Potting Mix, without collapsing as a traditional sponge would do under the weight of the Potting Mix poured on to the Aeration Bench.


Anyone with experiences using a Loofah Sponge to accomplish this - - or any alternative suggestions for a "hard" sponge-type wicking medium?


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RE: Loofah Sponge as a Replacement for Wicking Basket in SWC??

I have no experience with it but I am inclined to think it would not work well. My concern is the barrier of the dissimilar material would stop the water movement. Al

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