Watering systems can help you to save time when it comes to watering your cannabis plants, while allowing you use less water and fertilizers. Keep reading to find out everything you need to automate your watering system.
What is an Automatic Cannabis Watering System?
Automatic watering systems, also known as drippers, are a watering technique that gives your cannabis plants the water and nutrients they need precisely by dripping. This age-old technique has been used for centuries by the Chinese and Incans, and was perfected in 1965.
Benefits of an Automatic Cannabis Watering System
Using an automatic watering system has its advantages when it comes to both indoor and outdoor cannabis growing.
- The main benefit is the amount of water and nutrients you can save compared to manual watering. Automatic watering gives your plants’ roots water in the exact amount they need, reducing any water loss. Plus, you can also save on the water that drains out of the bottom of the flowerpots.
- Cannabis plants experience much less water-related stress.
- The amount of moisture and air provided by automatic watering is much higher than manual watering. This keeps substrates in the ideal state for longer, avoiding periods where its too dry or too wet.
- Water reaches all flowerpots in a balanced manner.
- You don’t need to wet your plants’ leaves or put the watering can in among your plants.
- It’s a lot less work than manual watering.
Downsides to Automatic Cannabis Watering Systems
However, there are some difficulties with automatic watering systems…
- It’s more expensive than a simple watering can system or a watering wand.
- You’ll need to set it up correctly; at La Huerta Grow Shop we have a team of experts ready to help you out.
- This type of watering system can end up building up along the bottom of the flowerpots, especially if you use mineral fertilizers. There are bio-mineral and bio fertilizers that can be used without issue in drip irrigation systems.
- Drippers can easily become blocked, however if you’re keeping up maintenance in your system it has an easy fix; if, however, this happens to occur when you’re not there to fix it, it can be a major issue. The good thing is that there are products designed to clean out drippers and pipes, which we talk about later on.
La Huerta Grow Shop Automatic Watering Systems
At La Huerta Grow Shop you can find various different watering systems designed to fit all types of growers’ needs.
If you just have a few plants, we have an automatic watering system for up to 10 plants, an efficient and cheap system that comes with everything needed to set up a small automatic watering system. This system works on 4AA batteries and can be used both indoors and outdoors. With this 10 plant system you can adjust the frequency and duration of the water; a great choice if you’re going on holidays for a few days.
For fields and gardens, you can use digital and analogue watering systems. Watering programmers are connected directly to your water tap, allowing you to program the duration and frequency of watering. They work using two AA batteries. If your tap water is good in quality, these watering programmers are ideal for using with slow-releasing nutrients such as Powder Feeding bio fertilizers.
The most professional option for indoors and outdoors are our “jellyfish” Medusa drippers. These systems come with 6 or 12 drippers depending on the chosen model; all you need is a 25mm watering pipe, a water tank, a water pump and a timer. These drippers allow you to water all of the plants in your grow room under one light. In our water pump section you can find the perfect type of pumps for using with your drippers.
- For one or two drippers, we recommend using the Aquaking 1000 litre submergible water tank.
- For up to 7 – 8 drippers, you should use the 4000 litre/hour pump.
- For over 20 drippers we recommend a 11000 litre an hour pump.
Check out La Huerta Grow Shop’s catalogue if you’re looking wand drippers, drip tubes, joints, tap connectors etc; everything you need to set up your automatic watering system.
How to Clean your Automatic Watering System
Continuous use can easily cause nutrients and other residues to block your pipes and drippers. In order to stop this from happening and to keep your pipes clean, you can use products designed specifically for this purpose such as Ata Clean by Atami, or D-Block by Canna. You can also use substrate cleaners designed to dissolve minerals such as FlashClean by Terra Aquatica or pH- Citric Acid by Trabe.
If you prefer to water by hand and you have lots of plants, forget about watering cans and use our watering wand kit which comes with a water pump, water tank, watering wand etc. so that you can water your plants comfortably and quickly.
If you have any questions regarding how to set up your automatic watering system, La Huerta Grow Shop has a team of experts ready to help.