The Problem with Deep Water Culture Hydroponics
Deep Water Culture is a hydroponic method of cultivating plants using mineral nutrient solutions and water, without soil. Hydroponic growing in general is capital and labor intensive. Examples of DWC systems are under current culture, DWC hydroponic bucket systems and DWC recirculating systems. Plant roots in DWC systems grow in an aquatic environment where nutrients, pH, EC, TDS, dissolved oxygen and water temperature must be precisely controlled and precisely monitored by the grower. Neglect, improper application or an uncontrolled environment can result in plant failure very quickly. DWC hydroponics utilize chemically inert substrates/growing media such as clay pellets, coco coir, rock wool or lava rock that support plant roots without transporting nutrients or water to the plant like soil does. Keeping plant roots healthy in a DWC system requires equipment to deliver oxygen to roots such as air pumps or bubblers that require power to operate. An unexpected power outage or an equipment failure as small as a clogged hose can cause a plant to die. Plant roots in DWC systems are susceptible to root rot and root diseases so growers must be vigilant for signs of plant stress, and respond very quickly as some plants can fail in a matter of minutes. DWC methods are dependent upon electrical power and precise maintenance. DWC hydroponics is not recommended for lazy growers, and can have a steep learning curve which can result in plant loss for inexperienced growers, and even for experienced growers, DWC cultivation requires constant monitoring.
Octopot Grow Systems are sustainable shallow water culture systems that will change the way you grow! Octopot’s revolutionary hybrid design combines the best of both hydroponic and soil growing methods. Octopots are simple to use yet deliver maximum efficiency and high productivity expected by expert growers. Octopots supply reliable and consistent moisture, food and oxygen to plants resulting in accelerated plant growth and abundant yields with less effort, less maintenance, less risk of plant loss and fewer resources.
One plant in an Octopot Grow System develops two root zones, one in soil and one in water. The dual root zone design gives growers the freedom to use synthetic fertilizers or traditional organic methods. Plants in Octopots develop roots first in the soil profile then naturally establish as much root mass in the Hydro Reservoir as that specific plant variety requires for optimum moisture, so plants are never over or under watered. An individual Octopot Grow System consistently waters and feeds plants up to 10+ days depending on the size and stage of the plant so growers can take a break without relying on others to care for their plants. Professional growers can reduce labor costs by connecting Octopots to an external reservoir or water source with a fertilizer injector (See Octopot 8-Way System).
Octopot’s hybrid design oxygenates plant roots without any added equipment or power. Growers save money, and plants are protected from dying due to power outages or equipment failures. Octopot Grow Systems oxygenate plants effectively, eliminating conditions that cause root rot and stagnant water. Octopot’s Gro Sleeve® promotes air circulation throughout the soil profile which increases a plant’s nutrient uptake, stimulates root pruning, prevents root circling, reduces heat and promotes vigorous root growth. Octopot’s dual root zone design dramatically lowers the risk of plant loss from grower error such as accidental over fertilization or dehydration making them a good choice for inexperienced growers, and lazy gardeners.
Octopot’s hybrid design conserves resources and saves growers money. Octopots require one half or less amounts of growing media than other containers that produce similar sized plants because of Octopot’s secondary root zone that grows in water. Using Octopots outdoors protects plant roots from exposure to soil borne pathogens, unlike fabric grow bags or nursery pots that allow roots to grow into the ground, eliminating the need for costly chemical treatments. Octopots waste no water, an important feature for growers in states with water restrictions. Octopots waste no fertilizer or nutrients from wash out or run off, cutting fertilizer usage by one half or more. Octopot’s no waste feature protects the environment by preventing fertilizers and nutrient solutions from leaching into the water table, especially important for the increasing number of states where intensive climate controlled agriculture is a vital part of the economy.
How Do DWC Systems Compare to Octopot Grow Systems?