Growing Plants Without Soil?

Back in the mid 70s there was a company that offered their house plants through home parties. The plants were grown in some kind of lava looking pebbles and did not use soil at all. You watered with their plant food solution each time you watered. The plants grew beautifully! Does anyone know what happened to the company or know what type of pebbles and solutions were used?


Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Daisy from Franklinton, NC

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June 25, 20101 found this helpful

I was a dealer in Iowa, I sold plants like crazy but the company I worked for went bankrupt. Hydroponics is what you are looking for, and yes it was lava rocks. However, weak miracle grow and a air pump from an old fish tank works great to grow soil-less plants.

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February 6, 20160 found this helpful

was is called the Lawasa System?

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September 12, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you! My sister had some of those planters/rocks, here in NC, back in the 70's....& I have wanted to know how to get them, & you have just been a huge help to me. Thanks again! Susan

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September 5, 20180 found this helpful

I gave many "plant parties" back in the day. Found out by trying it out myself that using small lava rocks from Lowe's and plain water in any kind of container works great for any plant that can be grown in water.


Use plant fertilizer sparingly a couple of times a year. There are enough nutrients in the lava rock for pothos to last for years. I grew them in fish bowls for coffee tables for friends.

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March 6, 20210 found this helpful

I was a Lawasa rep back in the day - the purpose of the "clay balls" was to hold the plant in place. If a pot was knocked over, the balls were easier to clean up than dirt.

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April 3, 20170 found this helpful

Probably hydroton or lightly expanded clay pellets

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November 8, 20200 found this helpful

It is little silica gel balls. They sell them in craft stores and even dollar general carries them in the clearance aisle now that summer is over....

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May 18, 20210 found this helpful

Funny....I still have and use those pots & stones I bought through the home parties in the 70's. My plants are thriving!


Old school, but I'll continue to use them. SOOO easy to monitor the water level through the reservoir window.

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October 31, 20220 found this helpful

I would LOVE to see a picture and see if this is what I've been looking for.

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