All AutoPot systems allow each plant to determine their own water requirements, taking away the guesswork for optimal plant growing conditions. The unique wet - dry watering cycle is created by the use of a 'Smart-Valve'. The Smart-Valve restricts the flow of water (or nutrient) into the tray until it has nearly fully drained. At this time, the smart valve opens and allows fresh water to fill the tray again. This wet - dry cycle is similar to what occurs in nature with rainfall and the dry periods in between. There is no need for pumps, as each AutoPot system uses a simple gravity feed method, and the range of applications AutoPotcan be used in is immense - from a single plant to huge commercial situations.
We, at Hydro Experts, sell a wide range of AutoPot products such as Hydrotray single module, Hydropak Starter Kit of different pots of 2 pots and 8 pots.
The Five Major Features Unique To AutoPot Systems
Water Efficiency: AutoPot® Systems ensure maximum water utilization, as every drop passing through the Smart-valve to the growth container is directly available to the plant. Minimal water wastage occurs only through evaporation from the container's surface. There's no runoff or water recycling involved.
Precision Watering: The AutoPot® module, controlled by the Smart-valve, precisely regulates the amount and frequency of water delivery to meet the exact needs of your plants.
Non-Dependent on Electricity: AutoPot® Systems can operate via gravity with a tank-fed setup, eliminating the need for electricity or battery-driven devices.
Cost-Effective Setup and Maintenance: AutoPot® Systems are budget-friendly both in terms of initial purchase and ongoing maintenance. There's no costly investment in electrical connections, pumps, computers, or extensive piping. Water connections are made using 4mm tubing (optionally 13mm), which is practical and easy to install. These thin tubes can be routed through walls, under paths, across rafters, and more, without the complexity and expense associated with polythene, copper, or galvanized piping. Simple and inexpensive plastic saddle clamps are used to secure the tubing in place.
Self-Scheduling: Unlike conventional irrigation, which requires human expertise to schedule watering cycles and often only meets the average plant's needs, the AutoPot® System adapts to your plants' ever-changing requirements year-round, whether it's winter or summer.
Q: How does the Smart-valve operate?
A: Unlike a traditional ball cock float valve, the Smart-valve enables complete depletion of the fluid level before initiating a refill. When connected to a low-pressure water source (which could be sourced from either a pressure-reduced municipal supply, a pressure pump like the AutoPot® Smart Pump Set, or a gravity tank), the Smart-valve opens to allow water to enter the base of the growth container to a predetermined depth (approximately 35mm).
Once the water reaches this depth, the Smart-valve closes and will not allow further water to enter the container until all the initially supplied water has been absorbed by the pot. This absorption is facilitated through capillary action within the growing medium. When the water has been absorbed to the point where the film of water under the Smart-valve is depleted, the Smart-valve reopens, allowing for another supply of water to enter the growing container. Consequently, we achieve a cycle of wet-dry phases determined by the pot's natural consumption rate.