3 in 1 Irrigation systems
Growing with a hydroponic system has many advantages. It gives you the freedom to be away from home and will lead to increased yields. Your plants will never dry out and will always get there daily water needs.
There are several ways to automatically water your plants . To give you the opportunity to experiment with different ways, we have devised the 3 in 1 systems. These systems owe their name because they can be used in 3 different ways. This way you can easily discover which method works best for you.
1. Drip irrigation system
Drip irrigation is very useful when you only grow a few larger plants in pots with soil. When used as drip system the supply pump is connected to a manifold with drippers. The pump is turned on and off by the Smartbox of your Bonanza grow cabinet or a timer (not supplied) so that water is pumped to each individual plant on the grow tray. Water that leaks from underneath the pots flows back into the water tank.
2. Eb & flow irrigation
When used as an eb & flow system the supply pump is connected to the bottom of the grow tray on which the pots are placed .
When the pump is turned on a layer of water is pumped into the grow tray and the plants absorb the water through the holes in the bottom of the pots. When the pump is switched off again, the water flows by means of gravity back to the water tank under the table.
The drainage channels in the drip tray ensure that it dries up nicely after every watering and that the plants do not stand with their feet in a pool of water.
This system also works very well with textile pots such the Rootpouch found in our webshop.
3. Hydroponic system
The term hydroponics is used for plants grown in water. The required nutrients are added to the water. No medium is used, therefore carrying heavy bags of soil or other medium is a thing of the past.
When used as a hydro system the lid is placed on the grow tray. In the lid there are holes for the net cups in which the plants grow.
24 Hours per day water with nutrients is pumped from the water tank into the grow tray. Once the water level in the grow tray rises above 4 cm it will drain back into the water tank. Using this grow technique the roots of your plant hang in a stream of constantly circulating water rich in oxygen and nutrients.
This type of system is more commonly known as “shallow water culture”. The system is very economical regarding water consumption and very user-friendly.
You only need to keep the water tank filled and add the correct amount of nutrients. It is highly recommended to use a PH/EC combi-meter to determine the exact amount of nutrients and acidity of the water.
When you want to clean the water tank it can be easily removed from the cabinet. This only needs to be done in between two harvests. During your grow cycle you only have to keep the water tank filled.
Via the bottom doors of your cabinet, you can easily fill the water tank using a watering can.
One of the advantages of working with this type of system is that you have far better control of how much nutrients you give your plants, giving you more control in the growth and flower phase. Another big advantage is that the whole growing and flowering phase is much shorter due to the 24 x 7 direct nutrient uptake via the roots from the water.
Most plant diseases are caused by fungus and bacteria that breed in potting soil. Working without a medium such as potting soil results in much less chance of plant diseases.
The 3 in 1 grow system is a closed and safe system without the risk of leakages. There will never be more water in the grow tray than the maximum content of the water tank. So if for some reason the pump stops working, the water from the grow tray will simply flow back into the water tank without overflowing it.
Because it’s a closed system no light will shine on the water so you do not have to worry about algae growth in the water.