The right grow tent irrigation is an important part of your plant cultivation.
In principle, there are different types of irrigation, but you also have to pay attention to the water itself.
Grow tent watering – the different ways
We distinguish between three ways in which you can irrigate the plants in your grow tent
More or less automatic irrigation systems, manual irrigation, and hydroponics.
The latter can perhaps still be seen as an irrigation system, but it differs in that it does not use soil.
Partly or fully automated irrigation systems
Systems are used to automate irrigation or to achieve at least a partial automation.
It starts with simple systems that release filled water over a certain period of time and goes through systems that draw their water from water tanks to fully automated systems that simultaneously measure the water quality and adjust it if necessary.
AutoPot 1Pot system * – our recommendation
The AutoPot system is ideal for beginners as well as advanced users.
It combines the ease of use of the clay drip systems with the individual expandability of the electric pump drip systems.
The AutoPot system is ideal for beginners as well as advanced users. It combines the ease of use of the clay drip systems with the individual expandability of the electric pump drip systems.
And that’s how it works:
- The water bowl under the pots is first filled using special valves.
- Then the plant draws as much water as needed.
- Only when the water bowl is empty again does the system refill water – without an electric pump
This creates a natural irrigation – dry cycle, which also optimizes the growth and yield of the plants.
The small pump brings the water through “spaghetti tubes” directly to the the plants.
A nutrion solution can be added into the water tanks to be evenly distributed.
This systems can be either half automatic (manual switch on/off) or automated through a timer.
So-called pump drip systems are a little more complex, but also well suited for large plants, and the irrigation is also easy to use.
The laws of nature are not used, as with the clay systems, but an electric pump pumps the water from a tank via hoses to small drip systems that release the liquid to the earth.
Probably the simplest method of irrigating your grow tent are clay pots. They belong to the group of drip systems * and they work very simply.
Depending on the system, water is either filled directly into the clay vessel or you have a storage container (such as a large PET or wine bottle) and the water enters the clay vessel via a hose.
The water can drip through the porous structure of the clay pot. The vessel is now put into the earth and slowly releases the liquid to it. The resulting vacuum inside the clay vessel draws new water from the reservoir.
Watering substrate manually (aka ‘the watering can’)
The easiest way to Grow tent water it by hand. You should check every day whether you have to water, but in our experience you only need to water every 2-3 days. We used a standard watering can for this.
The advantage of watering by hand is that you will have the fewest problems with over- or underwatering. But you also have a little more work to do. If you don’t have more than one or two grow tents, however, watering only takes a few minutes and is therefore absolutely manageable in our eyes.