Frequently Asked Questions

1. About GS Planter planters
1.1 - Can GS Planter be used outdoors?
Remove stopper for outdoor use
GS Planter planters equipped with overflow drainage stopper are excellently suited for use outdoors - just remove the red drainage stopper; Excess water can then run off from the planter after heavy rainfall, thus preventing your plant from becoming waterlogged. We recommend that the planters without overflow and drain plug are only used indoors, since excess rainwater cannot run off.
1.2 - Can GS Planter planters with overflow and drain plug also be used indoors?
Insert stopper for indoor use
No problem - planters with overflow and drain plug can also be used indoors. Keep the red drainage stopper firmly in place when using indoors. With HydroSystem®, both red and black drainage stopper must remain in place (1 x in the liner and 1 x in the bottom of the planter). The drain stopper has a reliable sealing ring and so prevents water leaking from the reservoir.
1.3 - Are GS Planter planters shatterproof?
The sturdy plastic does not break even if the planter takes a fall. When used outdoors we recommend that the planter is additionally weighted down with large pebbles or rocks, for example, to give it more stability. Place pebbles or rocks in the planter but before putting the system in place.
1.4 - How do I clean the outside of GS Planter planters?
GS Planter planters should be cleaned with a soft cloth and a mild household detergent. The high-quality coating of the planters is similar to automotive paint, so abrasive cleaning products or utensils should not be used on the planter surfaces.
1.5 - What are the GS Planter planters made of?
GS Planter planters are manufactured in a two-component injection molding process using polypropylene (PP) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS).
2. About the GS Planter HydroSystem®
2.1 - Can GS Planter HydroSystem® be used for all plants?
In principle all plants cultivated in soil are suitable for the GS Planter HydroSystem®.
2.2 - Is the GS Planter HydroSystem® the same as hydroculture?
Use good quality potting soil or GS Medium
No, because the GS Planter HydroSystem® is designed for the irrigation of all plants which grow in soil. You therefore don't need expensive plants propagated especially for hydroculture, but can choose your favorites from the wide range of conventional plants available. Simply plant them as described in the instructions included in the HydroSystem® using good quality potting soil, or alternatively in GS Medium. The GS Planter HydroSystem® and the accompanying water level indicator are not suitable for use with hydroculture.
2.3 - How is the GS Planter HydroSystem® assembled?
Assembly of the GS Planter HydroSystem® is described in detail in the assembling instructions. These can be downloaded from the Download page.
2.4 - Are spare parts available for the GS Planter HydroSystem®?
The individual components of the GS Planter HydroSystem® (separator, water supply shaft, supply shaft cap, water level indicator and GS Medium granulate drainage) can be purchased separately.
2.5 - What is the water level indicator in the GS Planter HydroSystem® made of?
The water level indicator is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polypropylene (PP). The transparent scale indicator is not made of glass, it is manufactured from polycarbonate (PC).
3. About planting and plant care with GS Planter
3.1 - Should the GS Planter HydroSystem® be completely filled with soil?
Not necessary to fill up the entire planter
HydroSystem® is available from GS Planter for their column-shaped planters, so that it is not necessary to plant the entire planter. This is equipped with practical diappearing grips. The System also enables you to conveniently change your planting.
3.2 - What is the growing phase?
Water the plant from above during the first 3 months
During the first 3 months after you have planted your plant in a GS Planter planter with HydroSystem®, you should water the plant from above onto the soil. After about 3 months the roots of your plant have grown far enough into the moist area that they can look after themselves independently with water from the reservoir. You can then water your plants conveniently via the water supply shaft.
3.3 - What is the period of drought?
HydroSystem can last 2-14 days after the reservoir level reach Min
After the growing-in phase, fill the water reservoir to "max." using the water supply shaft. HydroSystem® now provides optimum care for your plants. When the reservoir level reach MIN (see diagram) for several days, do not add water immediately. The plant is now in the period of drought. Depends on your plant species, location and pot size, it takes 2 to 14 days. Start normal irrigation again after the drought period.
3.4 - How do I fertilize plants in GS Planter?
To fertilize plants growing in GS Planter add liquid fertilizer to the water every second watering, following the instructions on the fertilizer package. The fertilizer is better distributed when the plant soil is occasionally moistened from above with plain water.
3.5 - Can the GS Planter planting and assembling instructions be downloaded as PDF?
You can download the GS Planter planting and assembling instructions from the download page.
3.6 - What is the advantage of GS Planter HydroSystem®?
Manage your plants with ease
GS Planter HydroSystem® offers another alternative to top-watering techniques. In this approach the plant is watered from the bottom of the pot. Water is transferred up into the potting media (be it soil or others) by capillary action. Advantages of this technique include controlled amounts of water, resulting in lower chances of overwatering if done correctly, no need to drain plants after watering unlike traditional top-water methods, and less compaction of the media due to the pressure put on the media from top-watering.