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Automizing both watering and firtilizing cacti
« on: January 19, 2005, 12:23:26 AM »
Anybody who has grown a fair number of simular cacti in pots can relate to this one. Almost every watering session involves some kind of soluble firt(yes,usually kept weak)

 Some people espouse every two-three weeks during the summer. Other speak in days. But the problem holds, having to manuallly mix,carry and apply(I use 2 gl. sprinkler cans) ,to their recipients of care,the potted cacti. This can consume hour(s) of boring repetitious labor.

     Now, I am very familiar with drip systems,and seperatly can advise those who are not. But now,  here`s the point, Ive spotted a product that will suppossedly,accuratly and automatically infuse into your drip system, a calibrated controlled dose of soluble firt.

     This interests me no end, for then I could run out a drip system ,in my situation connect to an already esablished controller,intregate this unit with a dedicated circiut for the potted cacti,and the hell with spending hour(s) with the watering can ,and the measuring spoon ,everytime I have to water all my cacti.

 I am going to call the outfit I saw the product listed in, tomorrow. They are honest and will give me a decent appraisal of this product`s performance. I`m sure it works on a venturi process,as oppossed to active injection,which would be very expensive.  But it`s just a matter of having the design right, for accurate feed by venturi proccess depends on good design.

      I will give an initial product review tommorow,and if they recromend, I will then purchase it for testing in the spring. Running out a drip system is not be a problem for me,can describe that in concept,or in a few months, will decribe an actual installation.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2005, 12:28:35 AM »
The Guest is CJ. One of these days I will remember to log in.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2005, 02:59:52 PM »
The company spoke well of the product,which is the E-Z Grow firtilizing system,so I bought one. Of course,the real test is when I install a drip system utilizing it, this spring.

     It`ll be a fun little project! Prolly the best approach,besides learning how it meters,is to use drippers that are'pre-regulated',that is,that up to a cirtain point only .5 gl,or 1gl etc. per hour, will be emitted per drip emitter, despite whatever pressure regulatorI have choosen,as long as a volume requirement (some figuering) has been met.

      So sometime this spring ,I will report on my progress.

     If it works well, the vegatable garden(tomatoes,peppers etc.) will be next,Having already an established system for them,thougth the drip application is cruder. However,I don`t have to have such a metered or refined firt for them. Miracle grow or Peters will work quite well, and will initially be light in application.

       On my cacti howver i`m going to use Maxsea 1/2 strength(sorry about product names, if that`s a no-no)because of a bad experience late last summer,which a harsh firt may have contributed to.

     I will describe the product,if worth it,when it arrives. Very Definetly more when installation occurs and the results occur.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2005, 04:39:56 PM »
That sounds interesting, CJ. It also sounds like a hydro system except you are talking about watering every few weeks. I've heard of people doing hydro with cacti so it can be done. Naturally you'd want a soiless mix for that. I've been toying with the idea of doing some cactus in a bubbler setup.

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2005, 06:39:38 PM »
Perhaps it can be done,but it is not what I`m referring to.

     This is an outdoor app.

     With pots filled with soil. No hydro.

      That`s why the watering every two to three weeks. I know it can be done,I`ll have to look at my Irritrol controller,and see whether I dedicate a program to it ,and yes, I can! (just read manual again).That means my lawn and shrub will have to be combined on one program. Prolly put the garden on it also since it applies so heavily,it can be done in minutes three days a week with the other conventionals. Program 'A'

   The two remaining drip Rose ,and Bower vine,(plus future hanging baskets ) , can be done once/twice a week for say,an hour ,or so.That`s Program 'B' then.

     But I can use a special feature of my controller on the third(C) program (Just choosing program'C' for app) That will let me water up to every  15 days, about perfect. Length of run can be in minutes or hours. Wish days was a little more,like every 20, but it`ll work, just pay attention to runtime,heat,humidity etc.

It does put me in the ballpark of what I want to do. Of course,I`m never satisfied,wish this controller had a fourth program,or a special syringe that poss. could be used,but hey,this will work nicely!!!

     Just got to establish valve off of already installed source,wire is also already there. Configure the firt feed into the downstream and establish the drip run to the pots.

     That`ll be this spring.          :D
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2005, 10:54:24 PM »
Just so some do not get the wrong idea,this approach can and prolly at least is very often done,by manual turnon/turn off.

     Either use a hose spigot,or a manual valve. Lots of approaches.

     One small suggestion,if you operate by using the hose spigot,why not remove the old spigot(what 'saladfingers' calls a 'tap') and utilizing a tee/2short nipples/2elbows/2short nipples, then install two spigots. Thus,you will not lose the hose spigot you were used to having there.

    Just Purly and only a suggestion. Things breaking are always chancy
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