The Autopot automated watering system is an excellent, gravity-fed design that’s easy to install and maintain.
The only self-watering system that doesn’t rely on an electric pump, the great advantage of this system is that it can be expanded on a pot-by-pot basis.
The system works by storing nutrients in a tank – a 47 litre tank is available and suitable for one to four Autopots; larger systems will require a larger water butt, 100 litres for five to ten pots, 220 litres for 10 to 20 pots and 350 litres for up to 36 pots.
Each Autopot module consists of a 15 litre pot and tray measuring 35cm long x 25cm wide x 30cm high. Always ensure your nutrient tank is at least 15cm higher than the highest Autopot tray and refill the tank when it drops below 1/3 full.
Customer feedback has told us that the system works incredibly well with soil, particularly a well buffered light mix or batmix, and that it is worth putting a couple of litres of clay pebbles in the bottom of the pots.
It’s possible to leave the Autopot system for seven to ten days at a time depending on plant size and environmental conditions, but while the system itself doesn’t require a pump to work, we would suggest putting a small mixer pump in larger water butts to prevent the nutrient solution from separating.
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