The Problem with Self-Watering Containers
Self-watering containers lack the ability to provide consistent moisture and oxygenation to plants in all stages of growth therefore are not the best choice for growers expecting fast growing high performance crops. Self-watering containers can extend time between watering while plants are young however as plants reach maturity they consume more water. In most cases, self-watering containers will require more frequent watering due to the limited capacity of the reservoir. Some self-watering planters allow direct contact between the soil and the water causing soil conditions to be too moist which can cause root rot. Other self-watering containers utilize a fabric strip or rope to supply water to the soil. These types of self-watering containers lack the kind of water delivery demanded by plants to thrive, only supplying enough water to keep plants from dying. Self-watering planters may not resolve the problems of over or under watering leaving plants stressed by periods of drought and drowning. The DIY bucket in bucket system is a type of self-watering system that may require extra equipment dependent upon costly electricity to aerate plant roots so they don’t drown from direct contact with water. Self-watering planters are typically made from plastic which lacks the ability to aerate plant roots throughout the entire soil profile causing root binding or root circling. Lack of aeration throughout the soil can cause plant roots to overheat and become damaged in extreme temperatures.
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.