Aesthetics vs. Functionality

The perfect LECA set-up is an ongoing debate. One pot vs. two (glass vase or jar vs net pot in a separate reservoir). However, I feel the answer is up to personal preference and like anything with plants, varies greatly depending on the type of plant at issue. Here are a few guidelines to help you decide:



One Pot....
Water-rooted plant in one pot


Standalone Pot/Glass Vase


Advantages:

• Aesthetically pleasing

• Cost

• No need to cut/destroy inner pot when repotting

Disadvantages:

* More difficult to flush



vs.



..or two?
Adansonii in a two pot set-up

Inner Net Pot/Nursery Pot with Separate Cache Pot for Reservoir


Advantages:

• Quicker and more simple flushing


Disadvantages:

• Having to cut roots out of the inner pot when repotting

• More pieces to purchase


Personally, I use both methods. If you can't resist the aesthetics of a glass jar, do yourself a favor and wait until your plant is established in LECA before moving it to its glass house. Otherwise, you would have to factor in the difficulty of flushing, during the transition process.


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