Setting up your Hydrosoil Planter
Setting up your Hydrosoil Pot Video Timeline
0:20 Remove the black insert
0:27 Attaching water meter
1:13 Filling pot with soil
1:36 Filling pot with water
1:52 Adding BTI for additional mosquito larvae prevention
Understanding your Hydrosoil Pot
The Hydrosoil system follows the principles of a self-watering pot. It is crucial for the soil to touch the water in the well allowing this probiotic-filled water to move through the soil matrix.
Different textures of soil will have different size pores between particles. The large pores of a sand-dominated soil, where the particles are larger allow more water flow than the micropore space in a clay-dominated soil, where particles are smaller and held together tightly. Water will move in and out of these pores if they are connected to one another. These pores also allow water to enter the soil surface through infiltration, where it starts moving both laterally and vertically.
This allows us to regulate NUTRIENT APPLICATION and WATER NEEDS through the well. Unlike a conventional pot, nutrients and water remain in the pot.
This ensures that nutrients are not wasted and the plant is able to take in water through the well efficiently. It also reduces the need for multiple watering saving water.
Amount of water
The well holds around 2 litres of water.
Watering your Hydrosoil Pot
ALWAYS WATER YOUR POT FROM THE WATERING HOLE!
Except for the first few days where seedlings are still recovering from *root-shock, ALWAYS water your plants from the watering hole. Check out "Growing Seedlings" tutorial to learn how to water your seedlings after planting.
*ROOT-SHOCK: It is a biological process that occurs when the plant being installed has not established a root system extensive enough to keep up with the needs of the plant.
Do not overwater. Too much water will cause the soil to be constantly wet, creating problems like root rot.
Why is the water level empty a few hours after I first water the pot?Fresh NewEarth Premix Ultra can be in a little dry. When you first put in your first aproximately 2 litres of water into the watering hole, all that water will slowly move from the well into your soil, therefore reducing the amount of water in the tank. If you notice that the water level has fallen to the lowest point, add in water again to around mid level of the water marker taking note not to over water.
My water meter does not seem to be working.You can remove the plastic cap of the water meter and agitate the orange tube a little. Sometimes debris can jam the tube or it may be stuck to the side of the housing when it dries up. If there is water, moving the orange tube will free the stick to float properly.
Can I remove the water meter cap completely?It is advisable not to remove the water meter cap as it prevents debris from entering the floating area. If you accidentally knock onto the orange tube, you may bend it out of shape. Keep the cap on to effectively gauge the level of water at all times.