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How do you deal with the excess run-off water? in the
The Grow Room forums; I am curious to see what methods people use to discard their excess water when they water their plants in ...
How do you deal with the excess run-off water?
I am curious to see what methods people use to discard their excess water when they water their plants in soil/coco.
I have been finding its a real pain to water my girls then wait for the excess water to run into the trays under them, then to lift the plants up and tip the water out of the trays into a bucket. My girls are in 25L bags and its quite a mission to do alone without making a mess. I'm sure there will be other people who have this issue, has anyone got any tricks to overcome it?
Use less water.....
Slow down. Let it fill, the plant will suck up what it wants the medium will soak up what it can.
then if needed add a little more or leave it.....
I'm not sure you understand what I am saying. I am growing in coco and when I feed I always water until I get a 20% runoff to avoid a buildup of nutes in the bottom of my grow bags. This way any build up is flushed out each feed. I then use the excess to feed the vege garden.
I'm just after ideas on how to deal with the run off without having to move the plants around.
I leave mine elevated on a platform that has a drain hole in it & then when i water i place cups or a bucket underneath the drain holw so i catch about 95% of what comes through a tad still oes over the edges of my contraption which is just a 3x3 sheet of some laminated type board set on top of small buckets with a 4 in round hole punched through.
when i water if i land up with more excess water in the trays than will evaporate within an hour or so, i have a large syringe and use it to suck up the water and put it in a bucket and dump it. syringe was cheap and the best solution i've come up with since my rooms don't really allow me to have drainage in them. if you have a lot of plants thought this would obviously be a pain in the ass.
Originally Posted by urban1026835
My plants are elevated about 8" off the floor on a framework.
My plants sit in 1mx0.4m drip trays with a hole punched at one end and I have a small incline away from the holes.
Move all my plants into my wetroom and water them there leave them in there for 20mins and most run off is gone
I used to just water them with 20% of the pot size with water so a 10 litre pot will get 2 litres of watter an so on
I have the luxury of only ever having a few plants at a time.. I never water them in my tent as I don
t want to contribute to excess humidity in the tent if it can be avoided.
Like the fellow above me, I take them to my wet room (outside balcony where I can spill all the water I want and water them to decent runoff there (I am soil these days and I never flush, but I do run a couple cups extra through them every time, for the small pots I use, some runoff each watering I have found to be beneficial.
That's just me.. I ran/run small.. not everyone has that luxury.. for the larger guys that shop vac the other fellow showed would do the trick dandy and be nice to have around on a grow site anyway.
yeah man, i'm with BustinScales, i love my bucket head, no lifting heavy plants for me, i just water around the room and when i'm done i just vacuum up the runoff and dump it down the toilet, problem solved.
Originally Posted by BustinScales510
...btw, i used to do that turkey baster 'syringe' bullshit and i also spent time picking the plants up and dumping the trays, ...then someone suggested a bucket-head and i near shit myself at my stupidity. ...now i don't know how i managed without my bucket-head.
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