The AQUAvalve is a simple but very effective watering device but needs to be treated with care.
Keep the AQUAvalve and the tray it sits in clean, free of obstructions, soil particles and it will help you water & feed your plants for many years.
The AQUAvalve is guaranteed for 12 months.
The AQUAvalve is supplied with all the AutoPot tray systems. Once connected to the water supply the AQUAvalve will control the flow of water to the plants, by simple gravity pressure from a tank or reservoir, no pumps, electricity or timers are required.
The AQUAvalve will open and allow water to fill the tray, to a pre-set level of 20mm. When the level is reached the AQUAvalve will shut off and prevent any further water from entering the tray until all the water has been consumed by the plants sitting in the tray.
When all the water has been exhausted and the tray is empty the AQUAvalve will re-open and allow more water to enter the tray. As the plants grow larger the AQUAvalve will open & close more often & will perform in accordance with the plants needs.
By filling the tray and then allowing it to completely empty before it is re-filled, allows the plants to go through a wet & dry cycle. At AutoPot we call this technology PCI or “Plant Controlled Irrigation”.
The AQUAvalve cover if used in conjunction with the AQUAvalve allows the grower to create their own basic but very effective hobby watering system. All that is needed is a flat tray of any shape or size.
The user simply places the AQUAvalve in the tray & places the AQUAvalve cover over the top of it. A small weight of any kind needs to be placed on the AQUAvalve cover to weigh it down and the AQUAvalve beneath it, a small pot of compost or a stone will suffice. Ensure that you do not cover the small breather hole on the top of the AQUAvalve cover.
Once in place simply connect the AQUAvalve to a tank, using a length of 6mm pipe and a filter. Although a very basic method, this home made system following the guidelines above can be very effective.
When making your own hobby systems please ensure that the tray is as level as possible and that the pot size is not less than 5 ltrs. If you use small pots you will risk the chance of drowning the plants.
A small plant in a small pot will not appreciate being sat in deep water as the root system will not be able to breath, this obviously does not apply to bog plants or carnivorous plants.
If you intend to grow carnivorous plants using this method please ensure you only use rain water.
Once again keep the tray & AQUAvalve clean and free of floating growing medium, use a small hand brush to remove any soil stuck to the sides & bottom of the pots before you place them into the tray.
Many pots can be placed in a basic set up as described above.