Just wondering what others watering practices are in s/h. How much do you water? Fill the reservoir or flush the whole container? If you just the the reservoir, do you flush with plain water monthly?
couscous74 said:I have my pots over humidity trays so my streamlined watering technique now is to just overflow each reservoir a little where they sit over the humidity trays. Then just clean the humidity trays every few weeks. Watering can take less than 5 minutes a week this way.
You keep saying that Eric, but I completely disagree. Everything I read about S/H seems to point to, if anything, plants being too wet, not too dry.NYEric said:The adult plants I have received from people who had them in S/H seemed to be suffering from dryness.
Eric, What kind of drainage holes do you have in the bottom of your pots to get the water to flow through?NYEric said:My method doesn't count since I use a mixed [non-inert] media and have water continuously flowing through bottoms of the pots. The adult plants I have received from people who had them in S/H seemed to be suffering from dryness. I have change the media in these to a mix w/ coconut chips and other ingredients and they dont seem as stressed. [For what that's work]
So you never apply any fertilizer? And your plants are growing good? The nitrate levels in your well water must be pretty high.Bob in Albany said:Time to fess up. I have 700 or more plants in S/H growing in a green house. I also do not yet own a donsatron, so I just water with a hose with no fertilizer. At this time of year I'm doing it once a week. In the summer maybe every five days. Most of the larger ones I try to just keep the water flowing until I hear it hitting the floor, but for most of the plants I just water them from overhead. I water each bench from both sides. I'm assuming most of the pots get flushed completely and refilled. My homemade pots have 4 or 5 holes burned in them, not 2 like First Rays. I also grow some catts from seedling to resell and these are in regular plastic pots with holes on the bottom. These also are using the same media as the s/h pots. This works as good as the S/H pots for at least for the catts. The only plants not in s/h are phal seedling that are also grown to resell. These are in plastic pots with sphagnum moss.
In my defense, I am watering with well water and I assume the plants are getting some nutrients from that.
The ones I made from the soup containers from the restaurant, I cut triangular spaces in the bottom rim. in the others the roots are just growing out of the bottom holes that are in the pots. I haven't modified most pots the pumps are what's circulating the 1/8 - 1/2 inch of water the pots sit in.gonewild said:Eric, What kind of drainage holes do you have in the bottom of your pots to get the water to flow through?
Your plants are growing good, that's why I commented your well water must be high in nitrates. But half the fun of growing is trying to grow better oke:Bob in Albany said:Lance, they are growing pretty darn good. Most of my photo post should prove that out.
So does anyone out there have an easy way to fertilize 7 or 8 hundred plants with out the use of a donsatron? My only thoughts had been a submergable pump in a garbage can. That won't work for me due to the large amount of water needed. I'd need a few large garbage cans and don't really have the room for them.