Hey all, first post in vendor corner and thought it’d be good to throw some info out there on using the AutoPot AQUAvalve to automate your propagation and veg stages.
The AQUAvalve is the “blue box” you can see in the images…
For the clone stage we offer the easy2Propagate. This is a 4’ x 2’ unit with an 8” deep dome. Clones and seedlings are raised on a 1” deep layer of capillary matting made from coir and latex, a “CocoMat". Our AQUAvalve fills the propagator tray with water or nutrient solution to 3/4” and the matting wicks the water up to the clones, gently irrigating them from underneath. This means no more manual watering at the clone stage. Trays of prop cubes are placed onto a root control sheet which sits on top of the CocoMat. The cubes make contact with the surface and remain perfectly irrigated. The humidity dome has 4 large vents to allow you to harden off before removing the dome completely.
Once the clones are transplanted on into 3” or 4” rock wool cubes or small pots (call it the pre-veg stage) they can be placed into larger trays, we offer 4x4 or 4x2 flat-based trays. Again, an AQUAvalve takes care of irrigation duties and is placed in the tray with CocoMats and a root control sheet. Once the plants are rooted in the cubes or pots, they can then be potted up into the final pot. We offer 2.2gal, 3.9gal and 6.6gal solid plastic pots, plus a soon-to-be-released 5gal SmartPot option.
Once the plants are in the final pots they can be placed in flat-based trays and should be watered from above for a period of around 5-14 days, depending on pot size, this ensures that there is a healthy amount of roots at the base of the pots . Once rooted out they are then ready to be irrigated from underneath by the AQUAvalve and could be moved straight into the final position in the flower room (if you’re running a short veg period) or vegged until they reach the desired size.
Let me know if you have any questions!