The Autopot system (wick method) is the hydroponic No Brainer! It is the only truly passive hydroponic system. It does not require electricity, pumps, timers or aerators. The nutrient is fed to the plants roots via wick action.
Wick systems are best for slower growing, long-term plants like figs, African violets, patio tomatoes, and specimen houseplants (and lazy or forgetful gardeners).
Disadvantage: You will not see the "super-charged" growth as with other systems that flood the plants liberally with nutrient solution. But these do make a good, dependable, trouble-free growing system.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
plant is potted in a large pot with a wicking mat in the bottom. The
nutrient solution is gravity-fed into the saucer or tray the pot sits
in. No electricity required! Each Autopot module includes 2 pots and one
tray with a patented "smart valve" to regulate the flow of solution.
We recommend a “store-bought” module for this super-easy hydroponic project, the AutoPot®.
are patented kits which are essentially “self-feeders”. They can be
used for hydroponic setups (no soil) or can be planted with traditional
potting soil. The heart of the unit is the special “Smart Valve”, which
regulates the flow of nutrient solution into the holding tray.
When connected to a simple gravity-fed reservoir, the Autopots® automatically provide irrigation to plants on-demand, then remain closed until the medium dries somewhat. This simulates the wet/dry cycle of natural rainfall, and makes for a very productive system.
We also recommend a complete, all-inclusive kit called Hydrofarm Emily's Garden. Super simple wick system makes a great intro to hydro. Read more about this popular kit here.
Our instructions here provide two large pots, and the total cost is about $60 (not including a lamp and food). You can easily add more modules later to make a whole “AutoPot® farm” if you would like.
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