Best easy auto watering system for two trays

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  1. puffy

    puffy Smoke Cannabis Live with Friends on AFN

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    So, not quite sure where to put this thread, but since the heading said "irrigation" I'll put it here.

    I plan to grow 18+ plants sog style in 2litre growbags in a tent.

    I don't want the worry and cost about setting up 18+ separate dripfeeds, so I plan to do it somewhat different.

    I use a very airy mix with only 50% soil and the rest coco and perlite (perhaps 5% vermiculite as well for some water retention). On the bottom of the grow bags I add those clay pebbles that you see hydro growers use. I then place the plants on trays where I also put the clay pebbles to give some room between bags and tray, plus clay pebble x clay pebble exposure since they are the airiest part in there. Early in the plants life cycle I let it dry out for a few days so it sends it's roots down looking for water, I then add some to the tray.

    So what I want is basically some easy auto watering system which will pump water in my trays on a timed schedule. Preferably so I can atleast leave the apartment 5-7 days and not be worried.
     
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    St. Tom chillin like a villain Staff Member Super Gladiator

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    i think you are in the right place but if you say hi in the live stoners you may get a faster reply theirs a lot of knowledge in there i use autopots so i cant advise pal but im pretty sure someone will help you
     
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    Found two products I think may be usefull and cheap:

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Mob...683.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.be3c2e0eRiMlKi

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Int...459.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.be3c2e0eRiMlKi

    Or the one called "
    DIY Micro Automatic Drip Irrigation Kit, Self Watering System with 30-Day Electronic Water Timer, 5V USB Charge for 10 Indoor Potted Plants,1/4" Tubing 33ft"

    It's on amazon.co.uk, but I cant post the link since it becommes a media attachment for some reason.

    Tempting do go for the Aliexpress one without bluetooth. Less things that could go wrong, and the cheapest. And I do love Aliexpress.
     
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    think your one the right track pal looks a good budget setup i only grow 3 or 4 plants at a time so autopots work for me
     
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    So basically what you are describing is a flood and drain system - Google it there are many ways to set it up. Some caveats are that salt build up is a real problem in flood and drain if your flood does not entirely cover the media. Salt will build up at the water line. to mitigate this once a week fertigate from the top to 20% run off.
     
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    Do allieexpress have a wish list feature ,

    I would go with an auto pot valve and sit them in tray or trays

    Ille check your Ali find

    Look cheap and nasty :biggrin:
     
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    That is what's so great about Aliexpress, things are so cheap you can buy one backup. you wouldn't get two beers in a pub in Norway for the price of that watering system :biggrin:
     
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    For the Amazon link you'll have to remove the https and just let it start at the www. Then it will post the link
     
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