PLANT!T – Water Timer
- Ideal for gravity feed allotment systems to control feed from a water butt/reservoir
- Weather resistant
- Operated with two 1.5v AAA alkaline batteries (not included) that can last a full season without needing to be changed
- Auto safety valve shut-off when battery power is low and
- Programme delay button for when you need to do plant maintenance work and don’t want to be irritating
- Comes with all required fittings and inline filter
- Easy to install and simple to use, with just 2 dials for a setting
- No plumbing required
- Fully adjustable time settings
The PLANT!T® Water Timer is perfect for maintaining a regular watering of your plants for everyday use but it is also a fantastic way to make sure that your plants and kept watered during prolonged periods of absence e.g. when you are away on holiday. It is a gravity feed and mains pressure irrigation controller.
The PLANT!T® Water Timer can be used with mains water from a tap outlet or with a gravity feed system from a tank, water butt or reservoir. Simply select the time you want the water supply to be turned on and off, link up to your irrigation dripper line and the timer will do the rest.
Ideal for watering allotments, lawns, gardens, pots, hanging baskets, patio irrigation, roof gardens, holiday watering, etc.
Conversions: 1 Teaspoon = 5mL | 1 Tablespoon = 15 mL | 1 Ounce = 30mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL
The water level of your hydroponic system will vary depending on the type of system your growing in, as well as the type of growing media your using. The type of growing media makes a difference because some will absorb and hold moisture better than others. In any hydroponic system, the goal is to keep the roots moist, but not let the stem stay wet so the plant develops stem rot.
Flood and Drain Systems
With a flood and drain system where the water floods the plants’ container from the bottom, you generally want the water level to be about two inches below the top of the growing media when the system is flooded. If you’re using a growing media like rockwool that becomes saturated easily, you may want it even lower. Basically, the very top of the growing media should be almost dry to avoid stem rot, but a couple inches down where the plants main root-ball is should be moist.
NFT systems typically just run a continuous thin layer of water along the bottom of a trough or tube. Just a millimetre or two deep. But depending on how you set up your NFT system, type of plants, and if you’re using too much-growing media the, your water depth may vary. If the roots are able to pick up enough moisture to keep the growing media slightly moist, your fine. But if the growing media is saturated, you may need to reduce the water flow through the tube/trough or tilt it more to get the water to flow faster. Or even do something to keep the roots from blocking the water flow through the system.
The water depth in a drip system isn’t really a concern because the water is supposed to drip/trickle down from the top of the growing media to the bottom of the plant container, then back to the reservoir. So when working properly, the water never actually builds up in the plants growing container, the water just moistens the growing media as it drips downward.
But depending on how you designed your drip system, and if the roots begin to clog your drain lines, you may get water pooling in the bottom of the plants’ container or even overflowing because it can’t drain back properly. Make sure you check your drain lines regularly for clogging roots. Especially when they get big, and unclog them before the roots can build up too much. Just a quick disconnect from the container, then cut and poke through the opening is all that’s needed.
If your plants’ container is deep enough, an inch or so of water pooling in the bottom won’t be a problem saturating the growing media. If you’re concerned about the growing media becoming saturated from pooling water, you can fill the bottom of the container with a couple of inches of river rock to aid drainage and keep it from touching the water in the bottom.
Water Culture systems
In water culture systems the roots remain submerged underwater 24/7, but not quite all of them. The baskets or cubes holding the plants are suspended above the water. Usually on floating Styrofoam rafts, or through holes in a stationary lid of a container. In either case, you want the basket positioned so the growing medium can wick up a little moisture so it remains slightly moist, but won’t become saturated. So the type of growing media makes a big difference. The splashing of the air bubbles as they break the surface of the water sprays little water droplets on the bottom of the baskets/grow cubes. If you have enough air bubbles going, that should be enough to keep the bottom of most types of growing media moist without actually touching the water.
The underwater roots in water culture systems get oxygen from all the air bubbles from the air pump and air stones in two ways, that way they wont suffocate. Some of the fresh air bubbles will rise up through the roots as they rise to the top of the water, in doing so making direct contact with the roots as they do (the more the better). Also as the air bubbles rise, they transfer oxygen molecules directly into the water itself, called “dissolved oxygen” that the plants can absorb through roots as well.
The water level in aeroponic systems doesn’t really apply. Basically because the roots are hanging in mid air, and are never actually submerged. The timing of how frequently you water the roots so they never have a chance to dry out is what’s important in aeroponic systems.
With wick systems the water level in the plants container doesn’t really apply, other than you always want the wick to be submerged in water. Moisture is wicked up into the plants growing container through a wick. Usually some type of felt fabric. The water never gets a chance to build up and saturate the growing media. But the moisture level in the growing media can be controlled. Simply by using a larger or smaller felt wick, or using more than one to get even more water to wick up. Also using a good moisture absorbing growing media like coco fiber or coco chips will aid in moisture retention in wick systems as well.
“Gravity feed from a water butt at my allotment. Bought in a hurry when previous one packed in after four years. In line filter continuously leaked so used without it. It’s been great for almost two months now.”
“Been using this timer for the past two months on a dripper system.Tthe instructions are easy to follow, and the timer works perfectly. I will remove it to safety in winter as protection from frost. But won’t need much irrigatiopn then anyway. Works for me”
“ this is neat! It’s a very simple watering system, works almost perfectly (ther first basket in the chain drips when the supply is off) but nothing serious. the timer starts from when you set it, so if you set it at 7am, the next 24 hour time is also about 7am .. if you switch it on/off and change the timer, it resets the interval, but that’s what I’d expect .. my only issue is I should have ordered a tap divider! I’ve done that now ..“
Why Choose PLANT!T
PLANT!T® offers a range of products for your indoor and outdoor growing needs. New from PLANT!T® is a range of hydroponic growing systems designed to help you gain optimum results and success.
The PLANT!T® range of hydroponic systems comprises of the PLANT!T® Gemini – a recirculating hydroponic system (a 1 plant system), the PLANT!T® Aeros – an aerated Deep Water Culture hydroponic system (available in 1 plant or 2 plant options and in a 4 plant recirculating option), the PLANT!T® titan, a table-based flood & drain hydroponic system (available in 4 sizes) and the PLANT!T® atlas, a table-based recirculating drip irrigation system (available in 12L pot, 18L pot and dripper only options).
All PLANT!T® hydroponic systems have been designed to the highest specifications to ensure that not only do they perform with excellent results, but they also look stylish too. The range is easy to set up, operate and maintain. PLANT!T® hydroponic systems are suitable for all types of a gardener, including commercial growers, keen hobbyists and even those new to gardening.
All of the PLANT!T® hydroponic systems are designed and manufactured for quick and easy assembly.
With PLANT!T® hydroponic systems, growing bigger and better plants has never been so easy.
Why choose PLANT!T® hydroponic systems:
Stylish design to utilise any given growing space
Manufactured using quality materials
Where to use PLANT!T® hydroponic systems
These systems can be used in commercial greenhouses, nurseries, schools, offices, greenhouses, sheds and at home. They are quiet running and can be placed anywhere in the home such as the kitchen, dining room, hallway, living room or conservatory.