Automated watering vs hand watering pictures? Is it worth it?

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I'm thinking about making a pre-programmed watering schedule for a few reasons:
1) Reduce my labour
2) Reduce my water usage
3) (Hopefully) Quicker growth / better yields due to consistent water cycle
4) Why not?

Has anyone had any experience with automation and coco? Any before/after photos would be much appreciated.

Also thinking about a pH sensor and maybe a system to maintain the pH by itself. As I heard that pH and watering affect growth significantly.

Also saw, this, automatic drain catcher which gets all the waste water outside the room to reduce humidity.

How likely is growing better while doing less?
 
AmokNewb

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I’m on my first grow and made an auto water and drain system. I will say it is truly a blessing to not have to hand water 3-5 times a day. I’m not at harvest yet but just the convenience factor is awesome. Check out my diary for some pics and progress on mine. I do know there are quit a few people here that have something similar and a few that are way beyond me, especially in scale. Here is a quick pic of mine before I put my plants in it.

Drain system:
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Auto feed:
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Jakecan

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Whatever you plan on going with, you should look into Mantis Buffered Nutrients. It's a one part nutrient so you don't need to swap out nutrients and it's the same ratio from seed to harvest. The best part about it, is its buffered so it sets the PH between 5.7 and 6.2 at all times. All you have to do is top up a reservoir or whatever you decide to go with to automate. It's literally 5mL nutrients per 1L water... Simplest nutrient program out there and gets the same results if not better than all the other nutrient programs out there.
 
freezeland2

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Here is a 4 pot blumat system on soil. Reservoir is out of frame in adjacent room. All gravity fed. Never hand watered that grow. It’s since been harvested. Pretty sure it would work in coco.
 
Ponky

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When I'm lazy. I do beds. Then its just turn on the water. And walk away for a week. Water a bed on a table. Use wheels so you can spin it and move it. Lemon squeezy.
 
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Here is a 4 pot blumat system on soil. Reservoir is out of frame in adjacent room. All gravity fed. Never hand watered that grow. It’s since been harvested. Pretty sure it would work in coco.
Blumats don’t work well with coco as they tend to clog with certain nutrients. 🤷🏻‍♂️ I wasted money on that and coco already. :) but I am able to use them for any other soil plant just getting water in my house and outside.
 
hydrom

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Here is a 4 pot blumat system on soil. Reservoir is out of frame in adjacent room. All gravity fed. Never hand watered that grow. It’s since been harvested. Pretty sure it would work in coco.

I’m on my first grow and made an auto water and drain system. I will say it is truly a blessing to not have to hand water 3-5 times a day. I’m not at harvest yet but just the convenience factor is awesome. Check out my diary for some pics and progress on mine. I do know there are quit a few people here that have something similar and a few that are way beyond me, especially in scale. Here is a quick pic of mine before I put my plants in it.

Drain system:
How much water did you use per day would you say? Did you find automation more efficient in yields?
 
hydrom

hydrom

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Whatever you plan on going with, you should look into Mantis Buffered Nutrients. It's a one part nutrient so you don't need to swap out nutrients and it's the same ratio from seed to harvest. The best part about it, is its buffered so it sets the PH between 5.7 and 6.2 at all times. All you have to do is top up a reservoir or whatever you decide to go with to automate. It's literally 5mL nutrients per 1L water... Simplest nutrient program out there and gets the same results if not better than all the other nutrient programs out there.
Have you tried lime as a ph buffer? I might try those nutes next time. I only buffer coco with CalMag and usually feed pH is 5.0-7.0
 
Jakecan

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Have you tried lime as a ph buffer? I might try those nutes next time. I only buffer coco with CalMag and usually feed pH is 5.0-7.0
Nope, I only really use Mantis now. I grow in coco as well but this stuff works extremely well in hydro. I know a guy that does DWC and has completely automated his grow. Only time he ever has to do anything is when his reservoir gets low. He went on vacation for two weeks and his plants were still thriving when he got back. Stuff kicks ass if you've got a busy life and still want to grow top shelf cannabis.
 
AmokNewb

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How much water did you use per day would you say? Did you find automation more efficient in yields?
Hard to say as I never fully measured. But I feed 5 times during lights on for 1:20 seconds for first and it runs less as the day goes on. As I go by runoff vs volume. But I would bet it is a good gallon and a half a day. Maybe even 2 total for 2 plants. If one was to measure out and dial it in better you might be able to water less. I will be doing that my next run.
 
Og_punkgenetics

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I'm thinking about making a pre-programmed watering schedule for a few reasons:
1) Reduce my labour
2) Reduce my water usage
3) (Hopefully) Quicker growth / better yields due to consistent water cycle
4) Why not?

Has anyone had any experience with automation and coco? Any before/after photos would be much appreciated.

Also thinking about a pH sensor and maybe a system to maintain the pH by itself. As I heard that pH and watering affect growth significantly.

Also saw, this, automatic drain catcher which gets all the waste water outside the room to reduce humidity.

How likely is growing better while doing less?
Automation is best if you are growing any kind of quantity
 
hydrom

hydrom

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Here is a 4 pot blumat system on soil. Reservoir is out of frame in adjacent room. All gravity fed. Never hand watered that grow. It’s since been harvested. Pretty sure it would work in coco.
How do you turn off the flow with a gravity fed system? I heard of using a solenoid valve but they require constant power!
 
freezeland2

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How do you turn off the flow with a gravity fed system? I heard of using a solenoid valve but they require constant power!
I have two manual shut offs. But the blumat open and close automatically as needed based on the soils moisture level. There is no power needed.
 
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Just helped a grower convert to high fertigation coco in 1 gal pots and autofeed.... he thinks it's worth it. You be the judge. Closest tray was clones vegged just over a week. They are being fed 7x a day at 250ml each event. I think this photo was 4 weeks and a day or 2 into flower.
 
Og_punkgenetics

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How do you turn off the flow with a gravity fed system? I heard of using a solenoid valve but they require constant power!
It depends if you get a normally open or normally closed cell annoyed valve, and it only draws a tiny bit of power
 
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