For saving space and soil, this method also has several
other benefits, including no soil-borne diseases, no
weeds to pull and no soil to till, run-of-the-mill side
benefits of soil-less gardening.

Get Start with Autopot system

There is an Autopot growing unit that will suit everyone from the least informed novice right through to large commercial users. Usually, one should start with the gravity fed units as they are simpler to use. Once the collection of Autopot growing units have grown to more than 20 units, it is advisable to move on to the pump fed methods.

Hydroponics Guide

Gravity fed units
These are the most basic operating units, even though the system can be
relatively sophisticated in its range and number of growing containers.
In general, the gravity fed method is suited to a single growing container through to about 100 growing containers. In general practice, once more than two dozen or so growing containers are in a system, it is much better to switch over to the pumping methods. Changing over is quick, simple and inexpensive.

The gravity fed unit consists of three main components
1. the growing container
2. the Smart-valve
3. the reservoir or tank

A) Hydropak
For beginners in hydroponic, it is best to start off with an Autopot hydroponic starter Kit – called the Hydropak. It is extremely simple not only to operate but also to set up. In less than 10 minutes, you can have the starter kit installed and ready for planting.

This is a hydroponic starter kit that uses all the same principles as the other starter kits but in a somewhat different way. It is supplied as a single pack with all the kits and components packed into a case that when unpacked, becomes a 35 litre nutrient tank.

It consists of a tray that takes two 10” grow pots and houses the Smart valve in a cavity between the cavities for the pots, the required amount of perlite, nutrient, filter, tubing and instruction booklet. The Hydropak is ideal for tomato plants, capsicums, eggplants, cucumbers, and a wider variety of plants. It is amazing the variety that can be grown and many people are equally amazed at the size of plant that will grow from the relatively small 10” diameter pots. Commercial Autopot users grew thousands of tomato plants with outstanding results using the same growing units as the starter kits.

The tank, tray and pots are plastic which allows their use indoor or out and with a 35 litre supply of nutrient you would have 4 to 5 weeks supply for young plants and at least 3 weeks supply for strongly growing plants nearing maturity.

From here, the Hydropak kit can be extended to more growing points. All you need are more of the Hydrotrays, pots and the Smart-valves which are simply connected together with joiners and tubing feeding off the same or separate reservoir tank.

B) 8-pot extension kits
For those who wish to start off with a larger Autopot System, there is
the 8-pot extension kit to meet this requirement. Generally, it is popular
for those who already have had some experience with other hydroponic systems and wish to add or change over to Autopot System.

C) Intermediate kits
These are even larger package. It comes with a much larger reservoir tank
(200 litres) and feeding up to 50 pot plants


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