I’m encroaching my second week of flower on my first batch of babies. As much as I love the process of tending to the little guys, what I’ve come to realize is that this whole process could probably be made a lot lower maintenance if you’re okay with spending a little money and time upfront.
I come from the world of aquariums and vivariums. In this world, the idea is to have as much of the maintenance be handled through automation (whether biological or mechanical). I’ve noticed that a lot of the same principles could, in theory, be implemented into hydro growing.
Automatic pH controllers would make our daily struggle with pH a lot more manageable. Auto top-off mechanisms would make water evaporation, nutrient depletion, and root rot a thing of the past by bringing pH’d nutrient solution into the system from a reservoir and maintaining the water at a desired height.
A lot of this would probably require a RDWC system or for multiple plants to be in a larger DWC reservoir instead of individual buckets, but in the end it may be worth it to ensure a pure and consistent grow that can be easily modified and maintained.
The concept is really as simple as our humidifiers, heaters, light timers, etc. Set it and just check in to make sure it’s still working.
Does anyone take advantage of systems like this? If so, could you talk about your experience? If not, could we talk about why not or how we could?