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 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 water barrel, no pumps, mains water pressure, electricity or timers are required. Once connected to the tank 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.
When all the water has been consumed 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 and close more often and will perform in accordance with the plants' needs, filling the tray and then allowing it to completely empty before it is re-filled allowing the plants to go through a wet & dry cycle. At AutoPot we call this technology PCI or “Plant Controlled Irrigation”.
TIP: 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.
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 the small hole on the top of the AQUAvalve cover is not blocked.
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