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The Question Asked... Hey guys! How can i keep up-to-date with the latest AutoPot Products? - I have seen a few new ones recently and would love to find out about these as they're made available? Thanks! - Posted by Anthony Amos

Josh's Answer... Hi Anthony, The AutoPot & Little Growers Newsletter provides the latest news and updates direct to your inbox and will keep you up-to-date on our new products and more! Join via the Newsletter menu under Latest News

The Question Asked... Could you please tell me the sizes of the trays, 1Pot tray & 2Pot tray - Posted by Dave

Josh's Answer... All tray dimensions can be found in the easy2Grow or 1Pot Kit sectons of the AutoPot website.

The Question Asked... Could you please advise what type of soil to use in the AutoPot systems, compost, coco, perlite, pebbles etc, thanks in advance, Sarah. - Posted by Sarah

Josh's Answer... Many types of soils can be used. If you are new to the systems and would like to produce healthy plants first time round we suggest the best mix to use is as follows. 60% Good Quality Compost mixed with 40% Perlite. All are freely available from your local Garden Centre.

The Question Asked... hi josh, i wondered if i could use only clay pebbles? I was to avoid using soil, and am trying to decide to either buy a wilma 4 pot system, or this easy2grow kit, I must say, i would prefer to use yours as it doesnt require power, which is perfect, but im really wondering if the clay pebbles will absorb enough water from the bottom to reach the roots. Any advice you could offer would be great. So if you have done any tests only using pebbles, how far up inside the pot will the pebbles absorb water. Thanks - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Tom, Clay pebbles are OK only if you use a small amount please make sure that you pre balance them first as in reality they are a building aggregate from Norway & Finland and are very alkaline. This would be the same advice I would suggest if you used the Wilma system, pre treat the pebbles. If you decide to use the easy2grow Kit with pebbles then only fill to a depth of around 4-6 inches. Place the plant on this level, back fill with more pebbles and top water for a week and then turn the system on. Hope this helps, bye for now Josh

The Question Asked... I would like to replace the beds in my greenhouse with trays and would like to know if the Aquavalve would control a Garland 120cm x 55cm x 4cm tray.As the greenhouse is at my caravan I only manage to get there at weekends and the system of a timer and spray jets which I used last year for automatic watering was unsucccesful.How big a pot should I use for tomatoes and peppers? Do I need any root control discs or anything else? - Posted by Ken Hunt

Josh's Answer... Merry Christmas Ken, As long as you make sure the tray is as level as possible x1 AQUAvalve will comfortably water the plants for you. You will need a blue AQUAvalve cover for the AQUAvalve, a small weight to place on the AQUAvalve cover, keep the little hole in the top of the cover free as it is a breather hole, then simply connect to a tank/water butt. I would suggest if you are growing tomatoes and peppers to use a pot size between 10ltr-15ltr. Roots if they head to the AQUAvalve can be easily pushed away, there is no reason to use the root control discs, just rembember to line the inside of each pot to stop soil and perlite from falling from it. Oh and before I forget make sure the AQUAvalve is kept clean and there is no floating material around it. If you need any more help please let me know. Bye for now Josh

The Question Asked... I want to use you autovalve to irrigate a 4 x 8 tray. I want to use stonewool growslabs for growing medium. Will I need something for root control? If so, how do I use it? - Posted by Big Jeff

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff, I think x1 AQUAvalve in this size tray is too little. I would suggest using x2 AQUAvalves. The best way to do this is to sit the rock wool slabs on a bed of pebbles approx 25mm deep (pre-treat) the pebbles if you use them or use perlite. Pre-treat the rockwool allow to drain and then place on the bed of pebbles or perlite. In two opposite corners of the tray place a sandwich box with holes punched out of the botom. Have the box sitting on the base of the tray, you can if you like place a square of root control matting under the sandwich box, gold face up. Then place the AQUAvalve in the sandwich box and place an AQUAvalve cover over the AQUAvalve and place a small weight on the cover to hold the cover and AQUAvalve down. This suggestion should work fine. If you need any more help as you go along please let me know. Merry Christmas Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh; Thanks for your advice! I do have one more question. I'm not sure I understand what a sandwich box is. Could you elaborate please? Happy New Year, Josh. Jeff - Posted by Big Jeff

Josh's Answer... Thanks Happy New Year to you too. A Sandwich box or square plastic container the size measuring approx 200mm long x 150mm wide x 150mm deep is fine. This size will allow you to place the AQUAvalve & AQUAvalve Cover in the box. Don't forget to punch lots of holes in the bottom of the plastic box. Any more help just give me a shout.....Bye

The Question Asked... You don't currently list the 6mm black piping in your online shop, probably just an oversite! any chance of listing it in 20m and 50m reels too? - Posted by Steve

Josh's Answer... Hi Steve, Really sorry about that for some reason the 6mm pipe was not showing. It is fixed now. The pipe is cut from 50m reels. If you order a certain length it will arrive to you in that length for you to cut down. Hope this helps and sorry again. Just go in the 6mm fittings section in the shop and you will see it now. Happy New Year.......Josh

The Question Asked... Thanks Josh; I'll wait for the aquabox to launch and put in an order for tubing then; Mine is 3 seasons old and its cut and joined so many times its more connectors that tube! I am going all sophicated this season and will have some taps too. The guy with the pebble question might like to try a capillary wick when he plants up; I tried a bare rooted (washed the soil off) Tom in washed builders gravel, in an old bucket stood in tray with aquavalve - grave, capillary wick from the bottom to the plant, more gravel, turned it on, left it - worked a treat. - Posted by Steve

Josh's Answer... Thanks Steve for the additional help it is much appreciated......Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, A point that is never explaned properly is whether a nutrient strength tester needs to be used with autoPot. A large saving in money outlay if not needed. Appriciate a reply. Regards Geoffrey Wheeler. - Posted by Geoffrey

Josh's Answer... Hi Geoffrey, If you are a serious gardener and using quite a large amount of AutoPot systems I would suggest using the Blue lab Ec truncheon. This is by far the best on the market and retails for approx £60-£70 but lasts for years. Oh and very easy to use too. If you are just growing a few plants then it is best to follow the directions on the easy2grow liquid feed bottle and not spend too much on a truncheon when it is not really necessary. I think you have raised a great question so much so I will ask the bigger growers at AutoPot to see if they might like to sell the Blue lab truncheon and also a pH pen too on the on-line shop. These two little additions will help lots of our serious growers. Have a lovely New Year....Josh

The Question Asked... do air domes dry plants out ? or do u have control the amount of air on the air pump - Posted by goody

Josh's Answer... Hi Sarah and Happy New Year. The AirDomes will not dry the plants out. Take a look at the new 2010/2011 brochure on the home page and the instructions in the AirDome section. Remember to use a "fluffy" mix to maximise the effectiveness of the AirDome. I would suggest growing in 50% good quality compost or coco mixed with 50% perlite. Plant up, allow the plant to establish in the pot for 2 weeks and then turn the AirDomes on. Hope this helps.........Josh

The Question Asked... hi if i'm useing claypebbles should they be just above air dome then the soil mix - Posted by goody

Josh's Answer... Hi again Sarah. If you use clay pebbles at the bottom just add approx 25mm to the bottom of the pot. The pebbles do not need to cover the AirDome. Plus remember to pH balance the pebbles as they are very alkline. I would suggest you soak them in water that has a pH of 4.5 and leave for 48 hours. Rinse them off and put them in the bottom of the pot. If you need any more help just give me a shout........Josh

The Question Asked... thanks josh i`ll try it - Posted by goody

Josh's Answer... No problem, that's what I'm here for. Let me know how you get on or if you need to run things past me just give me a shout.....Bye Josh

The Question Asked... hi could i use the power air pump 4outlet for 6pots plus air stone in water tank - Posted by goody

Josh's Answer... That will be fine but there is no need to add an air stone to the water tank as this will adjust the pH of the water, don't worry about the air stone in the tank......Josh

The Question Asked... josh at this moment i`ve got 100lt tank feeding 4 autos in the tank ive got a airstone plus water pump when iup to 6 pot with air domes is the pump still needed u said do away with air stone earlier . - Posted by goody

Josh's Answer... Hi Sarah, You can keep the pump in the tank to move the water around but there is no need to add an air stone in the tank as the addition of the air will naturally increase the pH of the water in the tank.......Josh

The Question Asked... How do I unsubscribe? I bought some of your products for a friend and will not be ordering any more. Tried in vain to find an unsubscribe button. - Posted by Martin Osborne

Josh's Answer... Hi Martin, Sorry to hear you don't want to receive the newsletters, please advise your friend to subscribe. In the meantime please go to "latest news"....then "newsletter.....then "unsubscribe"....Bye for now .......Josh

The Question Asked... I have two greenhouses, a 12ft x 8ft and an 8ft x 6ft. I've bought a 12 tray Easy2grow kit to space the plants as per the tomato and pepper seed packets but your example greenhouse layouts space the trays much closer together. How many Autopots will fit without restricting light? - Posted by David Steele

Josh's Answer... Hi David, Space the 2Pot Trays out so that they are end on end. They simply butt up next to each other. A perfect example is on the home page, where you can view the video in Thailand. If you need any further help just give me a shout.....Bye Josh

The Question Asked... When do you anticipate getting some 6mm hose in? - Posted by James F Weeks

Josh's Answer... Hi James, If you go to the Fittings section in the on-line shop and then choose the 6mm section you will find it there. Hope that helps.....Josh

The Question Asked... Original question Not answered. When do you expect to restock your 6mm hose - Posted by James F Weeks

Josh's Answer... Oh sorry James, is the on-line shop telling up that it is out of stock, if so I will fix the problem as we have plenty, sorry about this....Josh

The Question Asked... hi josh witch air pump would you recamend for airdomes in 6autos - Posted by goody

Josh's Answer... Hi Sarah.....I would suggest the following....Air Pump Quad Outlet [LD10 - Air Pump], this can be found in the on-line shop. This will be fine, you will need a few 6mm Tee connectors to create all the connection points but it is pretty straight forwrd......Hope that helps....Josh

The Question Asked... Does this system require soil? - Posted by lee

Josh's Answer... Hi Lee, You can use many types of mediums, the best mix to get you started is 70% good quality compost mixed with 30% perlite. All are available from your local garden centre......Josh

The Question Asked... Good morning Josh, i have studied your system thoroughly and it is very interesting and i am looking forward to have a quotation for a full autopot(easy to grow kit) system to be integrated in a 255 m2 hydroponic system. and it will be a first purchase because in the near future i am intended to extend my system up to 5000 m2. Hope to have have a good quotation. Yours sincerely, Arvind Jeewooth. Grace Lane, Roches Noires, Rivière du Rempart, Mauritius. - Posted by Arvind Jeewooth

Josh's Answer... Hi Arvind, If you contact Jason the designer of the system at jrs@autopot.co.uk he will be able to help you with costs and what you do and do not need. I beleive that he may be heading to South Africa in the coming months so will be able to visit you to help out too. Drop him an email and I will also let him know that you have contacted me. Any question technical or other please feel free to give me a shout, that's what I'm here for......Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh... I'm from Malaysia. Where can I get your product? How to be your dealer? Thank you. - Posted by MD Samsuri

Josh's Answer... Many thanks for contacting us. At present we have several distributors in Thailand. You can contact Ebby via his website at www.autopot.asia. At present we do not have a distributor in Malaysia if you would like to know more please contact Mr. J.S.Ralph-Smith at jrs@autopot.co.uk, he will be able to advise accordingly. There are also several sites/greenhouses in Thailand now, I'm sure Ebby will be able to let you know more. Hope this helps.......Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I have one of your easy to grow kits, and had really good results last year, so I am thinking of extending it and also adding a tank and aqua pot else where in the garden to water a small potted tree - can you tell me the dimensions of the large aqua pot? Also I would like to add a few drippers onto some small pots which sit around the tree, I don't think you sell these but is there any reason drippers from elsewhere couldn't be added to the system? Thanks Rosie - Posted by Rosie

Josh's Answer... Hi Rosie, The large aquaPots are the size of a clenched fist, 10cm diameter x 7cm deep. You will also need some straight connectors, as you need to push one into the top of the aquaPot so you can connect the 6mm pipe. Can I suggest you use the medium or small aquaPots in your smaller pots around the tree. The medium aquaPot is the size of a tennis ball and the small aquaPot is the size of a golf ball. They will work fine in the pots. I would bury the large aquaPot 4-6inches below the level of the soil. The medium & small aquaPots are buried so that there is approx 1 inch showing above the soil. Hope this helps.....Josh

The Question Asked... Hi again, Also wanted to ask what P&P charges are - I couldn't spot them on the web site. Thanks Rosie - Posted by Rosie

Josh's Answer... Hi again Rosie....The P&P is determined on weight. If you go through the order process on the on-line shop it will tell you the cost at the second stage during the check out. We launched a new on-line shop last Wednesday, so if you encounter any problems please let me know and I will get someone to call you......If you need me further just drop me a line.......Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Thanks for the speedy reply. Its good that the p&p is tailored to what you buy but it does mean that you have to create an account including all billing details before you find out what the final cost is going to be, if you are on a limited budget that is a lot of effort if there is a chance you will decide "Not this month" how about you add some examples of delivery charges, or some easier way to calculate it on the web site? Rosie - Posted by Rosie

Josh's Answer... Hi Rosie, It's really easy to create an account and only takes a few minutes and costs nothing. You only need to give your name, email address and home addres, that's it. The only time you need to give your card details is when you make a purchase at the end. It really is quite easy. If you don't want to be this you can easily contact Barbara at barbabra@autopot.co.uk and she will take your order for you. Oh forgot to tell you the shipping rates can be found in the on-line shop

The Question Asked... HI i want to grow onions and carrots in a raised bed 4foot by 22 inches x 9 inches deep will one aquabox be enough Ken - Posted by Ken Hunt

Josh's Answer... Hi Ken, One AQUAbox might be a bit of a streach, due to the length of the raised bed. To ensure the coverage of irrigation, two AQUAboxes will do the job perfectly....I would also recommend that you use a tank of not less than 50 litres, this will provide at least 2 weeks watering. Remember you can also add liquid feed to the water in the tank once the feriliser in the compost has been depleated. I would suggest adding feed after the 8th week. Unless you have other methods of providing feed to the carrots & onions. Such as time release fertilisers, organic manure, etc, etc. There are many ways to use the AQUAbox. I won't drone on or complicate your intensions. Just drop me a message if you need any further help. Take a look at the instructions and animations on the website......Bye for now Josh

The Question Asked... hi there, what is the dilution rate of the easy2grow liquid fertiliser? rgrds rich - Posted by richard

Josh's Answer... Hi Rich, It all depends on what you are growing, if the plants are small start off at 5ml per litre, once the plants become established I would suggest 10ml per litre. Up the level from 5ml to 10ml after a couple of weeks.....Hope this helps. Anything else just drop me a line......Bye for now Josh..

The Question Asked... hi can the aqua valve be put in a 600mm x 600mm and 70mm deep tray with 4 11L pots or does this only work with your auto pots would the tray need covering to stop alge and does it not harm the root system sitting water for so long many thanks john - Posted by john

Josh's Answer... Hi John, The AQUAvalve with the AQUAvalve cover can be used in any tray as long as it is as level as possible and has a flat surface to place the AQUAvale on. The AQUAvalve is designed to flood to 20mm and then completely drain before it re-fills, so the pot will not be sat in water. Use a nice fluffy mix....eg good quality compost with approx 30% perlite mixed in. You can add a plastic cover if you like, you are right in saying that algee will grow without it, however it is not essential.....If you need any more help just drop me a line.....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi I have decided to order the new auqa box autopot but on completing the order found out the delivery cost was a bit too high for me, i do understand that this is due to bulk and weight. I just wanted to try one before going over to a new whole watering system for my multi raised beds. I have been following your new development since My daughter spoke to Jason last year regarding the aquapot system I use of yours which is great. Please can you let me know if this item is avaliable anywhere else and possible local pick up. Kind regards Roy Lincoln North London - Posted by roy lincoln

Josh's Answer... Hi Roy, If you contact Barbara at barbara@autopot.co.uk she will be able to help you.......Josh

The Question Asked... CAN THE AQUAVALVE BE SET TO SUPPLY A LESS DEPTH OF WATER / NUTRIENT THAN THE PRESET 20MM, - Posted by mike stokes

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike, Sorry you seemed to have problems asking me a question. Unfortunately the AQUAvalve depth can not be reduced. If you are concerned about the water depth be assured the water does reduce to zero in the pots. However make the soil/compost/coco "fluffy", by this I mean add perlite, it's all in the brochure. You can also if you like add a 20mm depth of washed gravel at the bottom of the pot too, this will also benefit the plant. Hope this helps.....Drop me another question if you need to....Josh

The Question Asked... Hello Josh; I asked you a while back about the best way to water 4' x 8' trays with your aquavalves. You suggested I use 2 valves per tray. How do you synchronize the two valves so they will activate at the same time? Trying to avoid one valve opening up and flooding the tray, thereby stopping the other valve from opening until everything dries up. Or is this the idea? Jeff - Posted by Big Jeff

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff, Both AQUAvalves will only allow a max level of 20mm of water to fill the tray. If one opens first the other will remain shut & visa versa. Just ensurre you use the AQUAvalve cover and a small weight to stop it all from floating. KEEP the small hole on top of the AQUAvalve cover free, it's a breather hole....Hope that helps....Josh

The Question Asked... Hello Josh; You helped me with some advice to use two Aquavalves per each 4'x8' tray. How can I keep each one from interfering with the water level of the other? Also, I like your tip to put an inch or so of clay balls under the growslabs, and put the Aquavalves on the bottom of the tray in plastic boxes with holes drilled in the bottoms. Should the plastic boxes be placed on top of the clay balls, or below them on the bottom of the tray? Thanks, Jeff - Posted by Big Jeff

Josh's Answer... Hello again...... I think I have answered the first part of this question a few minutes, if not let me know. I would place the box on the level of the tray...If you place on the pebbles you in turn increase the level of the water in the tray.....Hope that helps....Bye Josh

The Question Asked... Hi could you tell me the p&p costs of a small £25.00 order to norfolk Thanks in advance Nick - Posted by Nick

Josh's Answer... Hi Nick, If you go into the on-line shop and palce an order the delivery cost will be calculated depending on weight prior to the check out stage. So you do not have to pay before you are advised on the delivery cost....Hope this helps.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... When will the aquabox become available to distributors in the US? - Posted by Joyce Powell

Josh's Answer... Dear Joyce, We are hoping to launch the aquaBOX in Vegas at the National Hardware Show in May.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Dear Josh, I've had a 20x2 Easygrow system for the last few years. Largely works very well - tomatoes, melons, cucumber etc in greenhouse. Our hard water has been an issue, but I now use rain water. Your liquid fertiliser does clog up the filter fairly quickly although better than others. One issue is that each year I usually get 3-4 pots with roots which grow into their reservoirs. Of course these are not detected until roots stop valve working and plants dry out. Not easy to cope with since I have bamboo support poles in the pots. I have tried clay balls above black matt but would prefer not to. I renew black mat and gold sheets every year. Any guidance would be welcome. Secondly, I tried aquapots last year but found that they always flooded the pot. Tried an in line tap, adjusted appropriately but that didn't help either. My water tank is 500mm off the ground leve, so maybe the pressure is too high. Please let me know what you think I can do to get these to work properly. Cheers, Rob - Posted by Robert Hook

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert...Glad to hear you are having largely positive results. Roots around the AQUAvalve can occur, at the end of the day roots will go through concrete. We too experience a few issues but it is always only a few. Generally to over come this issue we always place the green lids so that the 4 studs are facing upwards. This allows for easier inspection. Rule of thumb is to check the AQUAvalve area after 6 weeks, if roots are appearing then we leave the lid off to indicate that this tray will need attention in due course. Also to make it easier I would suggest you grow the tomatoes, cucumbers, melons up strings, you can see what we do in last years greenhouse video trials. It just makes life alot easier this way. Bamboo canes are OK for small plants. Liquid feeds are always different around the country. For piece of mind I would recommend that you as a rule clean the filter every two weeks. aquaPots.....I would suggest to drop the level of your tank to approx 100mm high, you really don't need much pressure, place a tap at the end of the run too so you can see the flow rate. Then taper the tap down near the tank so the flow is very low....only a trickle is necessary. Also in the early days water through first, allow the plant to use what is in the pot, repeat this proceedure over a period of 4-6 weeks.....turning the system on and if excess is draining away turn off. Repeat this procdure a few times until no water is leaving the the pot then just leave the system on ensuring you have a low flow rate......Hope this helps.....Josh.......

The Question Asked... I used your AutoPots for the first time last year for tomatoes. It seemed to me the pots were too small as they were completely clogged with roots, and the tomatoes were small too. OK, they were cherry toms, but they came out the size of berry toms. Do you have plans to make larger (maybe deeper) pots available? I have to say that I was disappointed with the production of my plants. What else might I be able to grow in these rather small pots? - Posted by Maggie

Josh's Answer... Dear Maggie...Do you mean the green 8.5 litre pots supplied with the easy2grow Kit. I can assure you it is not the pot size that is the problem. At a guess but you can let me know more. I would suggest that it is the compost you are using.....Let me have a little more information on feed, compost used etc and I will let you have a more detailed answer. If you look around our websites you will see loads of plants grown in the 8.5 litre pots with fantastic results....A perfect example can be seen in the Thailand video on the home page or in the 2009 video greenhouse trials......Let me know more and I will help you resolve your problems.....Bye for now.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Josh I've been using easy2grow kits for tomatoes and peppers for about 3 years now, with great success. Last year I tried grafted tomatoes, from Dobies. These were very successful, and this year, all my tomatoes will be grafted. The problem is that they are much more vigorous than ordinary plants: I grew them conventionally, in 30 litre pots, last year, but really need to get them on an automatic water system. My thinking so far: [a]1-pot system pots-I don't think they'd be big enough, besides it would mean a large outlay (and I already have 21 double-pot easy2grow modules) [b]Aquapot- what would I need to supply each 30 litre pot? and could I use diluted feed in the water, as with the easy2grow kits? [c]Stand each pot in a tray and use some of my existing Aquavalves to control the water level - some of your other correspondents seem to have done this, but I don't know whether there are any problems I should be aware of. [d](and finally)What would be really neat, would be an adaptor allowing each pair of easy2grow pots to be used as a single pot. It could be a fairly simple moulding shaped a bit like a pair of shorts - the two square section 'legs' fitting snugly inside the two pots, and the upper, rectangular section 'waist' to accommodate the larger plant. If autopot ever decide to make one, I'll be first in the queue. Anyway, I'd be grateful for your ideas. Thanks for taking the trouble to read this far, and many thanks too for your outstanding products - Posted by Tony

Josh's Answer... Hi Tony.....Great to hear you are having great reasults with your system.....I would just continue with the green pots. There is no need to use a bigger pot. We use the green 2Pot trays & pots commercially and don't have a problem with plants over 5 meters tall. You may need to keep an eye on the roots as they may well be stronger and may get past the matting. Or you can try sitting some of your 30ltr pots in a garden tray using an AQUAvalve with an AQUAvalve cover. Try to keep the tray as clean as possible. We have created this simple set-up hundreds of times over the years, this method works fine too. You will have algee growth in the water but don't worry too much about this. We have had a look at the design you mentioned but to be honest it is really not necessary as pot size in the designed AutoPot products is not really an issue. But I like the idea though.....Hope this helps...Feel free to ask any more questions you might have during the season and I will help if I can......Bye for now Josh..

The Question Asked... I just purchased the Easy2grow hydroponics system for school. We were going to try to grow tomatoes in class. I was going to start with rapid router system, and use expanded clay pebbles in the green pots and transfer. IS this ok? Is there a better medium that you would recommend? Thank you for your time. - Posted by John K Cooper

Josh's Answer... Hi John....Great to hear you are growing with the children..I'm not sure what a "Rapid Router System" is? I've never heard of this. Please let me know. To ensure good results first time round I would suggest using good quality compost such as scotts levingtons or similar, keep away from John Innes, it's too heavy. Then mix approx 30-50% of perlite into your compost, the perlite with "fluff" the compost up, creating lots of air around the roots. Take a look at the animations as these will help too......Hope this helps.....Josh......ANy more questions just drop me a line...

The Question Asked... I see you sell 'silicones' for the aquavalves - I am new to this game, what are they for and do I need to buy some when I invest in an aquavalve for my tomatoes - thanks, Panny - Posted by panny

Josh's Answer... Hi Panny....It you loose the silicones when you clean the AQUAvalve at the end of the season it is advisable to have some replacements. If you look at the animation of the AQUAvalve and at one of the PDF instructions for one of the AutoPot kits you will see why the silicones are important....Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... Josh, Where can we get the clear lids for pots shown in the videos? - Posted by Rob Hook

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert, If you contact a company called Nutriculture....You can find their details in the Outlets section of the website and by clicking on their logo. Ask for Dan and mention AutoPot and me if you like. They will be able to help you. Please note that they do not fit correctly on the 8.5ltr green pots but they do perfectly on the 15ltr black pot....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi there Josh what would you say would be the best medium for use in the auto pots and to what depth would you add the clay pebbles cheers - Posted by simon

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon. For best results or until you have used the systems for a while I would suggest using 60% good quality soil mixed with 40% perlite. 20mm of pebbles at the bottom of the pot will be fine....Please remember to pre-treat the pebbles before you put them in the pot as they are very alkaline....Soak in pH water 4.5 for 36 hours & then use them, some maybe pre treated most are not......Hope this helps....Bye for now Josh...

The Question Asked... Greetings, I would greatly appreciate knowing where I can purchase Matrix Filters and Root Control Disk for my single autopot system. I have been sterilizing the old ones to reuse, but it really is past time for new ones. Can they be bought somewhere in the USA? Thank you, Rodney Wilt - Posted by Rodney Wilt

Josh's Answer... Hi Rodney, First port of call will be the distributors in the US, HydroDynamics. If you go to the Outlets tab on our website and then click on the HydroDynamics logo you will then be able to call them as they will have what you need...Bye Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi, I am very interested in the easy2grow kit. Do you have a reseller in Singapore? Or otherwise do you ship to Singapore? If so, what is the shipping cost? Thanks. Rgds, James - Posted by James

Josh's Answer... Hi James, If you contact our distributor in Thailand at www.autopot.asia Ebby will be able to help you with your order. Any problems get back to me and I will help.....Bye for now Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I recently order an easy2grow kit and a 2p0t extension kit for my doughter and i wonder if i shoud use an air pump with air stone to oxigenate the water in the tank. Thanks in advance for your reply. Cheers, Maria F. - Posted by Maria F.

Josh's Answer... Hi Maria....It's not necessary to add air to the tank. Adding air will cause the pH in the water to rise. If you want to move the water around in the tank I would suggest using a small pump.....Hope this helps.....Josh....

The Question Asked... looking to set up an autopot set up with 9 pots what will i need - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ryan.....Not sure which AutoPot set-up you require, the 1Pot System or the 2Pot Systam. But have a look around the website as all the information is here for the various kit sizes. Once you have had a look around if you are not sure get back in touch.....Bye for now Josh

The Question Asked... Josh, I am a retailer in the US and I am interested in carrying your products. How can I pick these up? - Posted by John Durham

Josh's Answer... Hi John, If you contact HydroDynamics via the outlet tab and click on their logo, they are the master distributor, they will be able to help you, ask for Scott or Jeff. If you have a any problems just let me know and I will make sure you receive the attention. Oh by the way Jason the owner of the company will be in Las Vegas at an exhibition in May. All the deatils of the show are in the banner on the home page....Hope this helps and thanks for showing interest in the AutoPot products...If you need any technical support in the future just give me a shout.....Bye for now....Josh......

The Question Asked... Can this system be used in an open field situation..if so how many boxes are necessary for lets say 5m x 20m planting area? - Posted by pamela t enterprises

Josh's Answer... Hi Pamela...I presume you mean the AQUAbox.....If so, then yes. The AQUAbox is designed to be used in any ground situation. Please ensure that you till the soil well before you add the AQUAboxes. Large chunks of soil will not allow the AQUAbox to work as well. Just simply make sure the soil is broken up well. I would suggest a minimum of one AQUAbox per sq meter. Take a look at the animations of the AQUAbox in raised beds, the same concept is easily applied to allotments or an open field situation....Hope this helps....Please feel free to ask more questions if you need to....Bye for now Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi hows it goin recetly purchesed the 2 pot aqua valve system for grow my herbs in jst woundering wud i be wise put a pump in tank to circulate air.i dnt understand hw my plants will get air wth out it. - Posted by greg

Josh's Answer... Hi Greg, There is no need to add an air pump to the tank, as air will be present in the water each time the AQUAvalve opens and floods the tray. Josh......

The Question Asked... greg here agin also i use clay pillets fot my pots do i still put the black disc in the bottom.as if it was soil i was usein. - Posted by greg

Josh's Answer... Hi again......Always use the black marix square at the bottom of the pot. Not sure who advised you to use clay pebbles. If you are new to the products I would suggest you use 60% good quality soil mixed with 40% perlite. This way you will get good results first time round. Take a look through the other questions in the "Ask Josh" area as there are answers to people also wanting to use pebbles.....Hope this helps, if you need any further help just let me know....Bye for now Josh......

The Question Asked... Your nearest stockist please to postcode L313EG - Posted by Jeff Reilly

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff, You can purchase the AutoPot products from a company called Nutriculture, their details can be found by going to the outlets section on the website and then click on their logo. Alternatively you can order our products via the on-line shop on the website....Hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I would like to grow 16 fast growing, hungry plants at a time. I often travel abroad on business and would like to be able to leave my crop unattended for up to 2 weeks at a time. Do you guys produce a system that can meet my needs? Thanks - Posted by Chris

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris, Yes we can supply a system that you need. If you take a look at the on-line shop as there are the easy2grow Kits or the 1Pot Kits to choose from. If you need any further help please let me know....Bye for now Josh..

The Question Asked... If the plants were to use up the liquid immediately, what is the delay time prior to the smart valve feeding again? Cheers Paul - Posted by Paul

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul, I presume you mean the AQUAvalve..... The AQUAvalve can remain closed for up to 30mins once the water has been used before it re-opens......Hope this helps....Bye for now Josh

The Question Asked... do you only sell square autopots - Posted by riccardolaragione

Josh's Answer... Hi Ricky......I'm afraid we only supply square pots for our systems. All the pot types & sizes can be seen in the on-line shop.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Could you tell me the dimensions of the 30litre and 47litre water tanks please. - Posted by Marion Hamilton

Josh's Answer... Hi Marion.....The sizes of the tanks can be seen in the products section. 47ltr tank Height 60cm x 27cm x 37cm 30ltr tank Height 30cm x 27cm x 37cm Bye for now Josh.......

The Question Asked... Hi - firstly I'll let you know I'm a rubbish gardener and not very practical! My question is: I have 4 1 pot systems and wandered if you could tell me the best way to connect them please? I think it is by cutting the 6mm pipe and attaching 'tee' pieces to them but I'd appreciate it if you could either tell me which animation deals with this or give me a step by step guide of how to do it (imagine you are talking to a stupid 6 year old!). Thanks for your help, Andy - Posted by Andy Ball

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy.....Start from the tank...then connect to your first 1Pot System......then cut anywhere along the first length of 6mm pipe and then join it back up with a 6mm tee. You then connect the next length of 6mm pipe to the 6mm tee and then to your next 1Pot system and so on until you get yo your last 1Pot System.....pretty simple....Have a look at the diagrams that are in the product section for the 1Pot System and the easy2grow systems......It's all there to see just take ten minutes to look around and all should become clearer.....If you are still not sure just drop me a line......Bye for now Josh...

The Question Asked... How do you stop the smartvalue nipples breaking off. I have 18 month old smartvalues ans when I tired to lift them from the tray the pipe/nipple were so fagile that they simple snapped off. There most be a way to extend the life of the smartvalues to more than a season or two. - Posted by Mike

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike, Generally the AQUAvalve nozzel is broken by over tightening the yellow collar. Only tighten the yellow collar until you feel resistance, there is no need to keep tightening the yellow collar. Also heat the pipe in warm water before you attach it to the nozzel and then pour a little warm water over the nozzel before you remove it at the end of the season. Following the info above will avoid future damage.....Hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... Thanks for answering my last question but I have another (or 2!). Firstly I will have the autopots 2x2 so will I be better off having 'cross' valves as oppose to 'tees' and would this mean that a small amount of water would be sat in the pipes? Secondly my seedlings are currently in 9cm jiffy pots and would it be ok to put these straight into the autopots ar would I need to take the plants and rootball out? I put them in jiffys as I'm not confident on potting up and thought they would make it easier but have just thought that they might interfere with the autopot system in some way. Ta. - Posted by Andy Ball

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy.....Once you are happy the little plants have established in your small pots you can pot them up in the AutoPot pots.....Water through outside the trays and allow to drain.....Note there is enough water in the large pots for a week or two so no need to turn the system on.....Let the plants establish and grow and then turn on the system....Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... International shipping - Posted by

Josh's Answer... yes we ship over seas please tell me more & I will advise accordingly...Josh

The Question Asked... 1. Can the easy 2 grow system be set up using a larger storage tank than the 47 litre supplied? 2. Can this system be used outsideon the patio? Thank you - Posted by Pat Beale

Josh's Answer... Hi again Pat.....Any size tank can be used with any of the AutoPot products. If you use the trays outside ensure you have approx 40mm of pebbles at the bottom of the pot. If it rains.....which it no doubt will....this will ensure the soil above does not become saturated.....Also I would suggest that you use a nice "fluffy" mix 50% compost mixed with 50% perlite....Josh....

The Question Asked... Sorry should have asked this on the earlier e-mail. What size tank can be used with the AQUAbox suitable for 1 metre square raised bed? Thank you Pat Beale - Posted by Patricia Beale

Josh's Answer... Hi Pat..... The min size tank I would suggest to use is a 47ltr tank, this will last around two-three weeks for one AQUAbox. A 100ltr tank around 4-6 weeks...Bye Josh....

The Question Asked... When will the aquatable be available? One piece of information seemed to suggest it would be available Spring 2010. Another piece of information suggests end of year. Thank you Ellen C - Posted by Ellen

Josh's Answer... Hi Ellen, I beleive Jason the owner of the company has put the table on hold for a while as he is busy designing other products. I it will be a while before it is available. Please accept my apologies for the delay......However it will be made...Bye for now Josh...

The Question Asked... hello there im looking to buy a autovalve off you and am wondering if i can just put it into a 1m2 tray and feed my 8 plants from the bottom and what i will need in my pots i am gonn ause rockwool and am worryed about the bottom or the pots sitting in 20mm of water would my plants be able to sup up the water if i was to say put 30-40mm of clay pebbels in my pots thank you and any help would be much loved - Posted by neil

Josh's Answer... Hi Neil, All you need is an AQUAvalve and an AQUAvalve cover, place a weight on the cover to prevent the AQUAvalve and cover from floating, keep the little hole on the cover free. There is no need for pebbles if you are using rockwool crutons, pre-soak the rock in pH 4.5 water for 24 hrs..Hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... I now have 10 ETG 8.5 ltr pots in which I plan to grow tomatoes and cucumbers. would 15 ltr pots be more suitable/beneficial? - Posted by douglas ward

Josh's Answer... Hi Douglas, It is not necessary to upgarde your pots to the 15ltr pot, the 8.5 ltr will be fine, take a look at some of the greenhouse videos from last year and the Thailand trials. Use a good quality compost approx 60% mixed with 40% perlite......hope this helps.....Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I have an 8 foot by 6 foot raised bed and I would like an irrigation system that I can bury in the soil. I would be looking for something that is fairly low maintenance. Of the autopot and autobox system which would be better and how many pots or boxes would I need? What length of piping would I need and how many connectors? I would probably be looking at a 100 ltr tank next to the raised bed. Thanks, Luke - Posted by Luke Buchan

Josh's Answer... Hi Luke, I would suggest if you are growing directly in the ground in a raised bed of this size to use 4 AQUAboxes with a 100ltr tank and stand. The tank should last approx 2-3 weeks. You get 2 meters of 6 mm pipe with each AQUAbox, the only other thing you need is a pack of 6mm Tee connectors...Hope this helps...Josh....Oh before I forget take a look at the AQUAbox animations this will give you a good idea of how it all works..

The Question Asked... I need to purchase 1 new filter located between reserviour and pots. I cannot find it in your catalogue - Posted by Martyn Curtler

Josh's Answer... Hi Martin, If you go into the fitting section in the on-line shop the 16mm filter is there.....Oh someone has just told me you have placed an order and managed to find it......Any other help just give me a shout......Josh....

The Question Asked... What is your take on ph for these systems? What nutrient is your favorite? You know that doesn't plug the 1/4 inch line? - Posted by Perry

Josh's Answer... Hi Perry, pH in the tank should be set at 5.8, the Ec can vary depending on what you are growing. There are many types of feed that can be used. If you suggest the options you have I will advise on the best for you to use. Drop me a quick note and I will let you know....Bye Josh....

The Question Asked... What compost do you recommend for the easy2grow system? - Posted by John Swynnerton

Josh's Answer... Hi John, This information is well documented all around the website. However for constant results use a good quality compost mixed with around 30-40% perlite, keep away from John Innes as it is too heavy. The aim is to create a nice fluffy mix...Hope this helps...Josh

The Question Asked... Hi, We're trying to set up an allotment area and gardening club at my sons school. Are you taking on any new schools atm? If so, what does it entail - time/money etc? And how do we go about registering with you if possible? Many thanks, Angela - Posted by Angela Hanes

Josh's Answer... Hi Angela, If you contact Heather at heather@littlegrowers.co.uk, she will be able to advise you accordingly.....Bye Josh...

The Question Asked... 1 In the instructions that came with my new Easy2Grow kit it is advised to have the tank 1-2 feet higher than the trays, but in the web's video the tank is on 3 courses of bricks. Is this lower level OK? 2 A whole A4 side also emphasises "Pre-setting the AQUAvalve". Is this more than just pressing the yellow silicones fully in? Thanks. - Posted by Nelson Trowbridge

Josh's Answer... Dear Nelson, You may have received the old instructions, if you go to the home page and then products and then downlaod section the new instructions for all the kits are here....Any problems please let me know....Bye Josh...

The Question Asked... Last year I purchased (and used very successfully for growing tomatoes in a greenhoouse)a kit of 6 auto-pots + 47 litre tank. I still prefer to space my tomato plants a bit further apart and would like to know if 6 of your larger single pots could be used? If so what size tank is neded and the total cost please. When setting up my 2 pot systems I read that it is critical that single pots are stood absolutely level for the aqua valve to work properly. If this is the case, how is it possible to move the single pots if there is need to space them out during the growing season? If it easier to respond by telephone - my telephone No. is 01685 813370 Many thanks - Posted by Robert Cornwall

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert.. I understand Jason the designer of the products has spoken to you...I hope his advice was helpful....Any problems just let me know.......Bye Josh....

The Question Asked... I want to put 6 of the 15L pots in my greenhouse with a 220L butt but the pots need to sit next to each other in a row against the back wall. I have looked at the 6 pot system but I think I would need T connectors, can this be done and at what cost? - Posted by Jane eastman

Josh's Answer... Hi Jane.......If you go to the 1Pot System & Kits section, there are two examples/ complete kits that you can purchase...The 6Pot Kit supplied from a 100ltr water butt using 6mm pipe to supply the water and a 12Pot Kit supplied from a 220ltr waterr butt using 16mm pipe (hosepipe).....You can look at these diagrams to decide what you need....If however you are still a little confused please forward your telephone number and I will ask someone to call you so that you are confident that what you require is correct......Bye Josh

The Question Asked... Hi - you helped last week with me setting up the autopots but I may have done something wrong! I potted up in the jiffys and watered through until run off and the trays filled with water as well. I connected everything and filled the tank - this was last Monday (15th). Anyway i panicked a little on Thursday as the pots seemed dry (and remembering what you advised about plants establishing themselves) i hand watered the plants again till run off and the trays filled. Most of the water around the valve has been used but the level hasn't changed for 2 days and it would seem that the water level in my tank hasn't changed at all - it has been in there a week and should i change it? 3 of the plants have dampish soil but 1 does seem dry though there is still water around the valve - is this normal? I am concerned that no water is leaving my tank and the plants will dry but if there is water around the valve (albeit very low) does that mean all is ok and I am worrying over nothing? Also you said 'before turning the system on' what did you mean by this as I haven't got anything to turn on - unless you mean taps in the system but I haven't got any, just valves. Soz if this a bit messy and feel free to contact me by email. andy - Posted by Andy Ball

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy, It would be wise to purchase a 6mm tap that can be placed in-line 4-6 inches from the tank, you will then be able to turn off the tank. It seems that you may be worring when it is not necessary. You seemed to have undertaken what is required.....planted up......watered through....and allowed to drain......and then placed in the trays......Lift a pot and feel the weight, if it feels heavy then there is plenty of water in the soil for the plant....let the plant work for this moisture....At this stage the water from the tank will not appear to get lower as the plants are very small.....How tall are they????.....Once they are around 8-12" tall then let the system do the rest... There is no need to change the water in the tank either.....Hope this helps......Get back to me on the plant height.... Don't worry.....Just don't over water in the early stages....Keep an eye on the weight of each pot....A little plant will only want a little amount of water and will only use a little amount of water....The bigger they get the more they will use....Keep me posted...I'm here to help if you need me....Josh....

The Question Asked... Thanks for answering so quickly! The plants are just reaching 8" and are thriving - I'm just concerned with my past history and want to head off trouble before it happens - in fact the water has prob gone down a little this morning so it seems to be taking effect1 I'll update you in a few days. Thanks again. - Posted by Andy Ball

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy, It seems you are panicking, don't worry, if the plants are now 8" tall turn on the system, pH in the tank 5.8 Ec for the first 2 weeks 1.5-1.8 after this time increase to 1.8-2.2...Josh...

The Question Asked... Did you ever bring into production weights to place onto the AQUAvalve - Posted by Keith Brown

Josh's Answer... Hi Keith, Weights in the end were never brought in as we felt 20mm was enough of a flood level. Little and often is always better. If you do wish to increase the flood level. Simply remove the round discs on the top float by gripping the stud. If you add up to (no more) a 5g weight in one side of the float this will increase the level to around 25mm. If you add another 5g weight to the other float this will increase the level to 30mm-35mm. Hope htis helps......Just use a 1p or 5p coin.......Josh......

The Question Asked... As the system provides all the water and food a plant will need, I don't see the need for two sizes of pot. My question is what type of plants (if any) are better suited for the larger 15 litre pot? - Posted by David Steele

Josh's Answer... Hi David, To be honest it is just a matter of preference. Some people just like to use a bigger pot......You are right with your comments above....... there is no need for a bigger pot, the 8.5 litre pot is perfectly fine......Josh.......

The Question Asked... Hello Josh I bought the easy2grow kit that came with 3 flora nutrient. FloraGro, FloraBloom and Floramicro that came with a mix table. Can you explain the mix of the nutrient per gallon of water. How many spoons of 3 nutrients I have to put for a gallon of water. Thank you Jose - Posted by Jose Velez

Josh's Answer... Hi Jose..... We don't sell this nutrient......So I am unable to help you. I beleive it is made by General HydroPonics.....I would suggest that you speak to the store that supplied you with this as it is not something we sell....Sorry I can't help....

The Question Asked... JOSH THE POTS SEEM RATHER DEEP ANY SUGGESTIONS AS TO HOW LARGE THE PLANTS SHOULD BE BEFORE TRANSPLANTING OR WILL SOMETHING SUCH AS COCO COIR STAY SUFFICIENTLY MOIST FOR SEEDLINGS? - Posted by mike

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike.... Ensure the plant is around 6-8 " tall and that the root mass is well developed. Pot up water through, allow to drain outside the tray....Allow the plant to use the water in the pot first before you turn the system on, this is normally 4-8 days. Feel the weight of the pot if you are concerned. Then turn on the system......Hope this helps..... Josh>>>>>

The Question Asked... Aloha Josh, Have very long planter boxes and want to use 1" black tubing with 1/8" umbilical feeders to each pot.I have a sample of a water tip kind of heavy and should sit in my pots without any problems. Can't seem to find them in any of our irrigation stores. Any suggestions. mahalo Carlos - Posted by charles barboza

Josh's Answer... Hi Charles........Not really sure what you mean, if it is a dripper system you require.....we unfortunately don't sell/supply this kind of irrigation method. If you type drip irrigation into google I'm sure lots of suppliers will pop up.....Josh....

The Question Asked... My dad has just got your system and he says that the feed bottle label says that a feeding guide is on the website but I can't see it. Can you point me in the right direction? - Posted by Jonathan Clarke

Josh's Answer... Hi Jonathan..... You are right the info on the site has disappeared when the new site was created. Mind you the same info is on the side of the bottle.....I will outline below...... I will be creating a new simple section on the site soon detailing all the info required by growers.... I have detailed what you need to do below.................... Use a good quality compost mixed with approx 30-40% perlite, plant up in the green pots and water through outside the trays and allow to drain for 15 minutes.....There is no need to fill the tank up at this stage as there is enough water in the green pot for the small plant for 7-14 days. Let the plant establish it's self first. After this period of time fill your tank with water and turn the system on. There is no need to add any liquid feed to the water in the tank for 2-3 weeks as there will be enough feed in the compost for the small plants, so just supply water at this stage.......After 2-3 weeks re-fill the tank and add the liquid feed. at a rate of 5ml per litre or 250ml per full tank. After 4-6 weeks re-fill the tank and and 500ml or half a litre (10ml/litre). Carry on with this regime through out the season. When the tank gets to a third left re-fill and add the required amount at 10ml per litre......Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... I use Levingtons growbag compost with good results in easy2grow pots, would adding perlite improve yields - Posted by Keith Brown

Josh's Answer... Hi Keith....If you are having good results with your present compost, there is no need to change....However by adding perlite to the compost will increase the amount of air around the root zone......Which is good for the plant......Maybe try 1 or 2 plants to see if there is a difference.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi I have 250ml of your Liquid Plant fertiliser. The last note in the directions for use area says Download the complete feeding and potting upsheet from the AotoPot website. I have searched this site and cant find it. Can you direct me to this link to download this information. this will be my 3rd season using AquaPots, I now have in one greenhouse 5x 2pot system trays with 2x 45ltr tanks coupled in series is this the best to set them up. Thanks Geoff - Posted by GEOFF SWINBURN

Josh's Answer... Hi Geoff..... You are right the info on the site has disappeared when the new site was created. Mind you the same info is on the side of the bottle.....I will outline below...... I will be creating a new simple section on the site soon detailing all the info required by growers.... I have detailed what you need to do below.................... Use a good quality compost mixed with approx 30-40% perlite, plant up in the green pots and water through outside the trays and allow to drain for 15 minutes.....There is no need to fill the tank up at this stage as there is enough water in the green pot for the small plant for 7-14 days. Let the plant establish it's self first. After this period of time fill your tank with water and turn the system on. There is no need to add any liquid feed to the water in the tank for 2-3 weeks as there will be enough feed in the compost for the small plants, so just supply water at this stage.......After 2-3 weeks re-fill the tank and add the liquid feed. at a rate of 5ml per litre or 250ml per full tank. After 4-6 weeks re-fill the tank and and 500ml or half a litre (10ml/litre). Carry on with this regime through out the season. When the tank gets to a third left re-fill and add the required amount at 10ml per litre. Ten plants is pretty much as big as you can go using 6mm pipe. If you decide to use more in the future concider using a larger tank such as a 220ltr water butt and using 16mm pipe (hosepipe) as the main supply line. There are examples on the website of how you can utilise larger set ups ......Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... How much Easy2grow liquid plant fertiliser is added to one standard 47 litre tank, when growing tomatoes for example? - Posted by Susan Page

Josh's Answer... Hi Susan......For the first 2-3 weeks just feed with water, as there will be enough feed in the compost for this period of time. Then add feed for tomatoes at 10ml/litre or approx 500ml per 47ltr tank. Another little tip is to add a heaped teaspoon of Epsom salts to the 47ltr tank......Put it in a cup of hot water to dissolve first and then add to the tank each time you re-fill.....Epsom salts is available from the garden centre or a chemist....Hope this helps.......Josh

The Question Asked... Hi I purchase a couple of days ago 2 x 6mm top-hat grommets and an in tank filter. The carcase of the filter arrived but did not have the straining inner as illustrated. Is this required or can I use some other material instead? regards Tim - Posted by Tim Ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim.....Not sure why that happened....If you would kindly drop a quick email to barbara@autopot.co.uk.....she will send you the missing part......Sorry about that.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Thanks for your email unfortunately I have been unable to find your reply. Could you please direct me to its location Please? Regards Tim - Posted by Tim Ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim....I have spoken to Barbara she will send out the filter sponge this morning......You should receive it tomorrow.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Where do I purchase all of the parts and accessories for the auto pots in Michigan USA - Posted by Matthew

Josh's Answer... Hi Matthew.......Wow I'm surprised that you have not seen any info over in the states....Not to worry....Contact HydroDynamics, if you go to our home page and then the outlets link & then distributors section you will see the HydroDynamics link.....Click on their logo and hey presto....all their contact info is there.....Any problems with getting hold of them please let me know.......Bye Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I've just received my 2 Aquaboxes but the capilliary matting is completely different from that shown in your animations - sort of triangular shaped and quite large!. I want to use the Aquaboxes in Gro-bags but the matting is too big. Can you advise please? - Posted by George Rogers

Josh's Answer... Hi George, No problem, the matting design was altered recently to a spider design. This design is for 1 meter sq beds. I will ask Barbara to send you the Tee shaped matting that can be cut down for use in a grow bag. Sorry for the error.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Thanks for the speedy reply. Shall I return the "spiders" when I receive the T shaped matting? George - Posted by George Rogers

Josh's Answer... Hi George, Please keep the spider design, as it may come in useful in the future.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi if I order a kit can I have 15 liter pots instead of the smaller pots? I also already have a water butt. Thanks. - Posted by Glenn

Josh's Answer... Hi Glenn. Happy Easter....Yes no problem....If you call the office on Tuesday after 9.00 Barbara will be able to take your order....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Was just wondering if capillary matting placed in the bottom of my pots will work instead of the marix/root discs? Also wondered why it is necessary to water the plants heavily then leave them for 2 weeks before placing into the easy2grow? Fantastic product by the way! Thanks in advance - Posted by Grant

Josh's Answer... Hi Grant.... Happy Easter... Using another material in the pots is fine as this is just used to stop the medium from falling out....It is advisable that you continue to use the Root Control Matting as this will reduce root interferance......It is also advisable that the plants are made to work in the early stages of growth.....It does not have to be two weeks until you turn the water on you can turn it on straight away if you like but the root system & plant will benefit the water being not available, as there is enough water in the pot in the early days......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, the aquapots look like they would be just the job for keeping my small greenhouse bed watered while I'm away from home. My bed is about 2m long, 50cm wide. How many pots would you suggest? Also, if I feed them from a small water tank, how high should the water-level be from the ground to ensure a reasonable flow? TIA. - Posted by Marc

Josh's Answer... Dear Marc, I would suggest that you use the AQUAboxes as they perform much better than the aquaPots, you will need two to irrigate this area. The tank will need to be raised to approx 6" above the height of the bed/AQUAboxes.....Josh...

The Question Asked... The plastic tubing is very stiff holding the Aquavalve tilted in the tray. I assume it needs to be level, so I guess I need to find a way to overcome the stiffness? - Posted by Bob Thorne

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob, If you are using the 6mm pipe provided with the AutoPot products it is made specifically for AutoPot and is very flexable. If you would like to call Jason tomorrow on 07973 139649 he will be able to send you some more as you should not be having a problem at all......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, could you let me know how long delivery normally takes and whether I should expect a postage cost to be added to my order at the checkout? Thanks, Toby - Posted by Toby Willis

Josh's Answer... Dear Toby, All the information on shipping is in the on-line shop area, bottom left. Yes you will receive a delivery charge, this is based on weight and is shown during the check out process. Delivery is within seven days.....Thanks Josh....

The Question Asked... hellow josh; my question is as follows, Iam planning to use dry organic fertilizer in my single pot. do i fust mix in the fertilizer into the potting mix or what? thanks alot for your time. tom - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom, Be careful adding dry orgainc feriliser to the soil as you may add too much and kill the young plant. Mix it with the potting mix that will already have feed in it so be very careful as you could quite easily scorch the young roots resulting in dead plants.....Josh....

The Question Asked... What are the dimensions of the squate root control matric - Posted by G.M. Smith

Josh's Answer... Hi Geoff, The square RCD's are 195mm x 195mm...Josh....

The Question Asked... I would like to cancel an order I placed the order and was going to pay by cheque I have not sent a cheque the order was No 1324. I would like to place a different order. - Posted by John

Josh's Answer... John, Not to worry, please contact barbara@autopot.co.uk and she will be able to help. Josh.. I will pass the message on too...

The Question Asked... hi there just wondering if you ship to overseas (australia) and an est cost of shipping? - Posted by drew

Josh's Answer... Hi Drew, It might be easier from Thailand....Please visit www.autopot.asia, Ebby is the contact....Any problems just drop me a line....Josh...

The Question Asked... I have a 6 X 8 green which I eventually would like to fill with your 2pot system.I am thinking of purchasing a 350 litre butt one question does it need a stand and two could you tell me its depth width and height due to cost I will not be able to kit out the green house with another 10 X 2pots (I have 2 already) this year but maybe another 2 now with the rest next year. Given that do you recomend 16mm or 6mm supply my feeling is the 6mm would be ok. - Posted by john

Josh's Answer... Hi John, Just place the 350 butt on a platform of breeze blocks or similar. This height will be enough. Size of the water butt is 120mm x 900mm diameter (max). I agree 6 mm will be fine this year but as you intend to use a 350 ltr water butt you may as well start using 16mm and 6mm, you can easily extend next year ....Thanks, hope this helps.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, How many aquaboxes would you recommend for a raised bed 1.3m x2.8m? Thanks Mel - Posted by Mel Bayliss

Josh's Answer... Hi Mel, I would suggest using four AQUAboxes in this area, when laying them out......half fill the bed lay the AQUAboxes in the raised bed, until you are happy with the best coverage and then completely fill the bed, remember you can position the strips of fabric any where you choose. Take a look at the AQUAbox animations in the products tab......If you need me more just drop me a line.....Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... Do you ship to the USA (California)? I would like to purchase a quantity of 4 Easy2grow 2 Pot Extension Kits, shipped to Mission Viejo, California USA ZIP Code 92691. Please quote shipping charges for this if applicable? Regards, Eric Stockwell - Posted by Eric

Josh's Answer... Hi Eric, Please contact Jeff at HydroDynamics, visit our website www.autopot.co.uk..(autopot watering systems) Outlets.....HydroDynamic logo click the link, this will take you to them.....Scott or Jeff......Tell them Josh pointed you in their direction......Thanks hope this helps.......Josh.....Bye

The Question Asked... I wish to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers for the first time using a 4 pot easy-grow kit. Should I use air domes in these pots? Can runner beans be successfully grown in auto pots (in greenhouse or outside)? What is the best way to keep tomato plants upright when heavy with fruit - canes, string or the circular wire supports? Sorry for several questions but I am anxious to be sucessful and I know how good the auto-pot system is. (I'm not a gardner but have a small greenhouse). Thanks in anticipation! - Posted by Michael Staite

Josh's Answer... Hi Michael, There is no need to use the AirDomes this year I would just grow without them. Runner beans will be fine, you can grow almost anything in the kits. I would suggest if using the trays to keep them in the greenhouse. If you want to grow outside concider using the AQUAbox in raised beds....It works a treat... Take a look at the greenhouse videos for 2009, these can be found in the "latest news section. Pesonally I would suggest you use strings to support the plants, tie a loose loop around the base of the plant.....leave pleanty of space in the loop....not too tight or you will strangle the plants as it grows. Then tie the string at the highest point in the greenhouse......as the plant grows helta skelta the plant around the string.....Once again spend some time looking at the greenhouse trial videos from 2009 as these will help a great deal....Hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... price list for 20 unit operation - Posted by jbc euro ltd

Josh's Answer... Hello there......Not sure which system you mean as you can choose from the easy2grow Kits or the 1Pot Kits. All the prices are in the on-line shop section of the website.....Hope this helps...Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I don't seem to be able to find the part PF913/16/1 16mm elbow - Posted by John

Josh's Answer... Hi John, Not sure where the ref number came from as we do not supply the 16mm elbow. It is not really necessary as 16mm pipe will easily bend ....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Just to let you know part No PF913/16/1 came from your "AutoPot 8'x6' Greenhouse using 2Pot Extension Kits" plan - Posted by John

Josh's Answer... Hi there, Oh yes we used to sell the product but decided not to any longer as the pipe bends easily enough....Hope this is OK...Josh...

The Question Asked... i have just set up my pots two two pot systems with extensions. only got one in use as there were two filters and no tee piece in one extension kit.when i filled the tank it leaked badly from the outlet and also weaped from the tee piece, I managed to cure this using silicon, is this a common problem as i am cocerned in case it should happen again while i am away.? - Posted by geoff hill

Josh's Answer... Hi Geoff, Please email to us at mail@autopot.co.uk with your number and I will ask Jason to call you as you should have no problems at all......Josh....

The Question Asked... Do you sell stands for the 47ltr tank to get it 1-2 feet off the floor as recommended in your set-up leaflet? - Posted by David Wakefield

Josh's Answer... Hi David, Sorry no stands are available for the 47ltr tanks....However you only need to raise your tank approx 100mm-150mm, a few breeze blocks will do the job fine or something similar......Hope this helps....... Josh

The Question Asked... I just bought some auto pots and am having a big problem with the PH being different from the rez to the pots. I will adjust the PH in the rez to 5.5 then open the valve and let the pots fill up and sit a bit then check the PH in the pots and it will be 7.0 ?? I can't understand why this would happen? I have a power head in the rez so the things don't settle and I am using coco and pear lite so that should not effect anything? Could it be that once the nuts settle in the pot it can cause the PH to change? Should I be mixing everything really low to compensate? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - Posted by Nader Sherif

Josh's Answer... Hi Nader, It looks like there could be an issue with the coco. My suggestion would be to remove the pots and pour pH 5.5 water through and let it run through into a bucket. Test this run off, repeat if necessary. Coco and perlite are naturally alkaline so the pH will rise but this seems too high and seems to me that the coco may need washing through throughly first. Hope this helps if you continue having problems just drop me a line.......Josh......

The Question Asked... Interested in your autovalve system for beds. I presume the capilary matting must be replaced each year? How much does replacement matting cost & is there a particular brand that must be used. Thanks. - Posted by Ian Ward

Josh's Answer... Hi Ian, The AQUAboxes are ideal for raised beds, you are correct in saying that the capillary matting will need replacing each year. Depending on the design, either spider design or just a simple straight cut, the replacements will be added in the next week. The cost of the spider design will be £3.95 for two pieces and the straight matting will be £1.35 for two pieces......Josh....

The Question Asked... I have just purchased the Aquavalve & extension. I have set it up but the water level is gone within a few hours. Is this correct with the intial set up? or have I missred the instrutions. thank you - Posted by S.E.Beddow

Josh's Answer... Hi there, Did you pot up and then water your plants through throughly? If not the water will flood the tray and then be absorbed very quickly until the compost becomes wet. Once it has the flooding will slow down until the plant starts to grow. Keep an eye on it over the next few days, if there is still concern let me know and I will advise then. Don't worry too much as no doubt the plants are small at the moment so there is plenty of water available in the compost......Let me know if you need to in the next week......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi josh ... I have a greenhous langue 9 m width and 40 meters in length and by the fans and cool .. and I want to sow option and I am from Dubai, and the temperature reached 50 in the summer and in winter Selezi 18 Sealy. How much is a 500 easy2grow Extension Kit dollar piece of whether sufficient space for the House assigned to that number. what the size of reservoirs of water that I need and how much. How much to irrigate 500 easy2grow Extension Kit per day per liter Please tell me what I want for this crop of seeds, fertilizers and soil .. tell me all that is needed for the cultivation of the option with aprice. I Will visit you in Thailand soon (Khalid). - Posted by khaled

Josh's Answer... Dear Khalid, Many thanks for your interest I will ask Jason the designer of the products to contact you tomorrow. If you can drop him an email providing as much information as you can. His email address is jrs@autopot.co.uk. I will pass this information on to him tomorrow when he is back in the office......Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh.iwas talken about cucumber. thanks - Posted by khalid

Josh's Answer... Hi Khalid, No problems with cucumbers in fact almost anything can be grown in the AutoPot products.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, I have been thinking of using the Aquabox in my raised beds and have a couple of questions... How deep do I bury the matting. Can the matting be left in place or does it need replacing yearly (I use a no dig system to leave the soil in as natural condition as possible). Thanks for any help you can give =0) - Posted by Amos

Josh's Answer... Dear Amos, Please take a look at the animations as this will help. The matting is buried 3-4 inches below the soil level, sloping away from the AQUAbox at a slight gradent. As long as your soil is not overly compressed and contains large clay like lumps you will be fine. However it surprises me that you do not til the soil each year as this will add air to the structure increasing better growth......Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... How do I prevent air locks in my aquavalve system. I have a 200 litre tank feeding the aquavalves via 16mm supply pipe with a head of 2-3 metres. If the tank runs dry, I get an air lock, and I have to purge the system before I can use it again - Posted by Andrew Martin

Josh's Answer... Hi Martin, Air locks do not occur when using the AQUAvalves. Re-fill your tank when it has a third left, don't let it run dry. Even if you do the pipes will just fill as each AQUAvalve opens to flood the tray. No need to purge at all.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Thanks for your reply to my previous question. I should have said that I am using aquaPots, not aquavalves. The air locks are in the main 16mm supply pipe, not in the branches to each aquaPot - Posted by Andrew Martin

Josh's Answer... Hi Andrew, The way to remove the airlocks in the aquaPots is to have a tap at the end of your run, similar to a rad system. Simply open the tap at the end of the run and allow to flow into a bucket for a minute or two until you are happy that the air is out. Also another point to note is that the aquaPots only need very low pressure to function. To achieve this taper the water butt tap down so that the flow at the end is just a small trickle. Once you are happy simply turn the tap off at the end of your run.....Hope this helps........Josh.....

The Question Asked... What is the depth of gravel needed in the bottom of each pot. Sorry, can't remember from last year. - Posted by Dorothy Ashsmore

Josh's Answer... Hi Dorothy, Ideally around 1" will be perfect......Josh..... Oh take a look at the animations in the products section as there is lots of helpful information there...

The Question Asked... Hello, we have just completed a small 60ft x 33ft commercial greenhouse.We are interested in using your system. Please could you answer the following questions. 1.) Heat is an issue over here (Barbados). Ambient temp is approximately 80 degrees.Should we be concerned about the temperature of the nutrient in the reservoir. If so we could use a chiller but would this reflect the temperature in the small reservoir in the Autopot.(At present we have no power in the green house) 2.) We would really like to use 100 percent perlite in your pots. If we do this can we still use your nutrient or should we use a regular hydroponic nutrient. 3.) Are the pots made of UV resistant P.V.C. 4.( What size reservoir would you reccomend for an initial system of 30 pots. 5.) Do you recommend a recirculating pump in the reservoir to keep the nutrient mixed propally. many thanks - Posted by Simon

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon, We have the same if not greater problems in Thailand. We are using 500 ltr tanks per row, the tanks are raised 1m above the ground, we are able to run the water 50 meters through 16mm pipe (standard hosepipe). Using a larger tank naturally keeps the water cool due to the volume, small tanks such as the 47 ltr tank will need to be kept in the shade also maybe using a reflective cover such as white plastic will also help. However I would try and use large tanks for your main supply. There is no need to use a chiller. Using 100% perlite will be fine just ensure that when you place the pots in the trays that there is no perlite stuck to the bottom or sides of the pots, perlite in and around the AQUAvalve is like having sand in your car engine. Our feed will not be suitable as it is designed to be used with compost mixed with perlite. We can have a suitable feed made for you we would of course require a water sample first. Everything we produce has UV resistant polymer added to the plastic. We have been using the products in Thailand for over two years now with no signs of break down in the plastic. For 30 pots, depending on what you intend to grow, I would suggest you use a minimum of 300 ltr, 500 would be much better. For example in Thailand tomatoes (approx 100) will consume the 500ltrs in 72 hours once in full fruit. The bigger the tanks the better. You can use a pump in the tank but it is not necessary, using a good quality feed will avoid seperation let me know which feeds you have in mind or as I said earlier we can create one for you, you will also need to advise on the intended crop......Hope this helps.....Josh....I will also pass this information onto Jason as he will be able to advise you further, he can be contacted at mail@autopot.co.uk......Bye.....

The Question Asked... I am putting together my Easy2Grow kit - 6 pots in all. It would appear that I have to cut the tubing to fit in the T junctions, but this is not mentioned in the instructions. Is this correct? - Posted by Nigel Nicoll

Josh's Answer... HI Nigel, Yes you are correct, you must have been sent the old instructions. Please go to the website.....Products......Downloads....2Pot Extension Kit....All should be simplified in the new instructions.....Bye Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, could you tell me of any autopot stockists in the Bristol area? Many thanks, David. - Posted by David

Josh's Answer... Hi David, Greens Horticulture is one outlet that supplies the AutoPot range....Bye Josh.....

The Question Asked... I have an easy2grow Kit and an extension. I want to add a further 2 extension kits to give me 8 pots in total. Is the 6mm pipe OK? - Posted by Bob Shannon

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob, We recommend that up to 6 pots from a 47ltr tank, saying this you will be OK with 8 pots using 6mm pipe. Just be aware that you will need to fill the tank quite often especially if you are growing a heavy feeding plant such as tomatoes. Ideally I would suggest that you have an additional 47ltr tank so that you increase the supply. An additional tank can be easily installed at the other end or alternatively concider x1 easy2grow Kit and x1 2Pot Extension Kit, this will give you the perfect answer to what you want to do....Hope this helps....Josh...

The Question Asked... Dear Josh, Thanks so much for your fast and comprehensive answer to my questions. We are planning on growing salad vegetebles, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Lettuce.We would like to use a water soluble organic nutrient if possible.We really like the look of Technaflora's Pura Vida but its very expensive and I believe it lost its organic certification having that said that if it does all it claims it should be fantastic. Have you any experience with this nutrient, your opinion and advice would be respected and very much appreciated.We are new to growing I'm wondering if we are being a bit ambitious staring off with a soiless medium ? perhaps we should just start with compost/perlite mix ? We will most likely be ordering 40 x 2 pot systems to start. I will be contacting Jason for dimensions weight and a quote for delivery to our freight forwarder in essex.(Would you ship directly to Barbados ?) P.S I will be in the U.K in July and would like to send you a sample of our water.(Is there a cost for this ?) We will be using rain water in the rainy season and well water in the dry season Our water which will have a high limestone content.Presumably this would give it a low PH ? Your system is exactly what we are looking for. Sorry one last question. Have you ever experienced a build up of salts in the media due to the nature of your system. i.e there is no run off ? Mant thanks for taking the time to answer all our questions. - Posted by Simon Cannon

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon, This feed is designed for growing a certain crop, not sure if it will be any good for what you intend to grow, but I may stand to be corrected, maybe try a little of it first. I would to make it cost effective for you concider using a powdered feed it is much more economical and is exactly the same as all the liquid feeds. Trying to grow commercial crops on the scale you are suggesting will cost you a fortune using liquid feeds. Look around in the States as there will be a supplier that supplies powdered feeds that are simply added to the water. You will be OK with Perlite as long as you have the pH and Ec correct for the type of plant don't worry too much. It will be the heat & humidity that you will have to deal with. We can ship directly to you, please bare in mind that it is advisable to fill off a pallet as you will be charged by the shipper for a full pallet, so it makes sense to maximise the delivery costs by filling off the pallet if there is space. The cost for each water sample is £36.00 we need a minimum of 0.5 ltr, if you are using two sources of water then you will need to have both samples analysed. The build up of salt in the AutoPot products occurs in the top 2-3cm of the medium used. Therefore there is no effect to the plant or root zone as the top of the medium naturally becomes dry. There is no need to leach once you have planted up.......Hope this helps.....If you have any more questions just let me know...That's what I'm here for......Bye Josh.....

The Question Asked... I have an Autopot that I have had for three weeks now .I went to clean it today.I undid the hose from the valve and it looks like the nipple broke off the valve. what do I do now - Posted by Mark

Josh's Answer... Hi Mark, I have been told that you are in the US. If you contact HydroDynamics they will help....Any problems please let me know ....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello do you ship to Sweden? And prices please. - Posted by viktor bergsten

Josh's Answer... Dear Viktor, Swegrow supply our products there are also a few garden centers too.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh can u put a 10 litre pot in a tray that was used for a 15 litre pot?if so can you use circular pots too?and what size pot would you recomend? - Posted by Simon

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon.....A little confusing.....But I will try to answer....As long as you can get the pot to fit in the 1Pot or 2Pot tray you will be fine.....Not sure why you just do not use the pots we design...Life will be much simplier.....Josh....

The Question Asked... I find it dificult to find slear and simple instructions on planting. I feel I have been told not to water for some time after initial planting and should one mix vermiculite with compost - Posted by John Rowell Burwell

Josh's Answer... Hi John.... You may have received the old instructions. Please go to the website.....Products.....Downloads....All the new instructions are here....Also look at the animations for you kit as this will help....Not sure where or who told you to use Vermiculite.....You should use perlite with compost.....Basically pot up water your plant through and allow to drain out side the tray....Make sure remove any debris from the bottom & side of the pot and then place in the tray.....Small plants placed in the pots have plenty of moisture in the compost you have just watered......Let the plant establish it's self....Then turn on the system.....Make the plant work for what it has in the pot.....It's only small so there is a small root system and pleanty of water in the compost......Hope this helps.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Could you please tell me how much the postage is on 20ltr easy2grow Liquid Plant Fertiliser - Posted by Jeanette

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeanette, I think it is £12.50. However the price will be displayed once you go through the process in the On-line Shop and before you have to commit to pay...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Please are there any Stockists in the PE10 area that stock the 20 litre easy2grow liquid feed as then I would not have to pay the £12.50 postage - Posted by Jeanette

Josh's Answer... Sorry Jeanette, unfortunately we are the only supplier of this size liquid.....Josh.... However we are from the 1st of May offering free delivery on all orders for the whole month.

The Question Asked... what percentage of perlite gets mixed in with the compost for the easy2grow pots for tomato plants - Posted by R.Nicol

Josh's Answer... Hi There..... Around 30-40% is a good percentage....Take a look at the website.....Products......Downloads.....All the instructions for all the products are there, you can also read the brochure too...Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I seem to have a bit of a problem with my newly set up AutoPots. I potted up my Tom's a couple of weeks ago as recommended in the set up guide and last week filled up my tank. The trays didn't seem to fill very quickly but I thought that this was normal. Anyway I've been away all week and have come back to find that all of the pots are dry and that the try doesn't seem to have any more liquid in then when I set them up. The liquid doesn't cover the yellow tube locknut so the liquid in the tray is about 1cm deep. Any suggestions as to what I might have done wrong. Cheers Les p.s. The main tank is still full - Posted by Les Watson

Josh's Answer... Hi Les, If you email your number to us I will ask Jason to call you as it will be much easier to correct the problem...Josh... In the meantime please take a look at the website.....Products......Animations & also Products......Downloads.....can you blow through the AQUAvalve nozzle and does water flow out of the end of the pipe when you remove it from the AQUAvalve.....Jason will be able to help......Thanks Josh.....

The Question Asked... Can a seedling be started on a regular oasis in an NFT system, and how soon or how big can it be transferred to an Autopot, and with what recommendations. I am looking to purchase several Autopot assemblies, just have to decide how many, and then contact a distributor. Thank You Benigno E. Gonzalez - Posted by Benigno Gonzalez

Josh's Answer... Hi Benigno, Once your plants are around 6" tall and have a good, strong root system they can be potted up into the AutoPot pots. If you let me know which mediums you are thinking of using I will advise you further.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Benigno, Once your plants are around 6" tall and have a good, strong root system they can be potted up into the AutoPot pots. If you let me know which mediums you are thinking of using I will advise you further.....Josh.... I am planning on using 50/50 coco and perlite. Would you by any chance, have an animation showing the actual potting of the plant (tomato), so I can tell how deep it should be placed within the pot itself. Also, can I use the General Hydroponics nutrient Flora Nova Gro and at bloom, Flora Nova Bloom. Benigno - Posted by Benigno Gonzalez

Josh's Answer... Hi Benigno, The mix you suggest will be persect, I can not advise on the liquid feed from Canada as I have no experience with this feed. I have had a look at their site. They look as if they know what they are talking about so I am sure that the feed will be OK. I'm afraid we do not have an animation of how to pot up a plant in a pot. However it is quite simple just half fill the pot place the plant in and fill around, ensuring the plant is fully covered around the root zone and also has support. Water through and allow to drain......Hope this helps.... Josh...

The Question Asked... My instructions for the Esy2grow kit requires 1" of washed gravel but the downloaded instructions makes no mention of this. Is the gravel still required? - Posted by David Steele

Josh's Answer... Hi David, Please follow the dowlaodable instructions, the aim is to provide a free draining medium, good quality compost mixed with approx 30-40% perlite is perfect. There is no harm in adding 1" of washed gravel at the bottom of the pot...I hope this provides further understanding.....If you need any more help please let me know.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Can you tell me please if the plant supports on your website are intended to fit inside the auto-pots or do they fit into the holes in the trays? I have a 2 pot / tray system with square pots. Thanks Anna - Posted by Anna

Josh's Answer... Hi Anna, The circular trellis fit inside both the 8.5ltr pots and the 15ltr pots....Bye Josh.....

The Question Asked... What product do you recommend for watering a 1.2 square meter raised bed ? - Posted by George

Josh's Answer... Hi George, I would suggest that the AQUAbox spider will do the job. Ideally it is designed for up to 1meter but it will be fine for your requirements.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Quotation please. I require six easy grow 2 extention kits and one 1pot system, including the filter,pipes, joints etc. to join them altogether. (I have buts already) Can you supply? - Posted by Gary A Reek

Josh's Answer... Hi Gary, All the items you request are available on the on-line shop. If you need a quote over the phone please call the office number.....Josh...

The Question Asked... I have broken my 2 pot tray too badly to repair it. Can I buy a replacement from you? I live in Devon. - Posted by Gavin

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin, Yes no problem, please visit the On-line shop, just go into the easy2grow section, you will see it there....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Can't seem to see any way of determining the postage on a 20 litre liquid feed without commiting to the purchase, can you please let me know the cost. Thanks, Dave - Posted by Dave Masters

Josh's Answer... Hi Dave, The cost of delivery is £12.50. However you are not commited to buy as the delivey will be shown 2-3 steps before you are asked to pay, either by card or cheque.....Josh...

The Question Asked... What is your reseller in the Netherlands? I don't see it in the listing? Thanks. E. - Posted by E. Roesdi

Josh's Answer... Hi there...... I'm afraid we do not have one in the Nertherlands, unfortunately this is one of the only few countries that do not supply our products....not sure why....We can supply direct or there is France, if you need any help further please let myself or the people at AutoPot via email.....Josh....

The Question Asked... hello, would there be any advantage or disadvantage in running an air stone in the main reservoir tank? i see that you guys have an air dome to place inside the pot, but i already have my plants set up in their pots. thanks. jon salas - Posted by jon

Josh's Answer... Hi Jon, It is not advisable or necessary to add an air stone in the tank, as adding air to the tank generally increases the pH. Adding a pump to move the water around can be used if you wish but once again it is not necessary.....Josh...

The Question Asked... What is the sze of the 30l water tamk and roughly how much would it weigh when full - I need to build a stand. - Posted by David Thacker

Josh's Answer... Hi David, The infomation is in the 30ltr tank section...270mm x 370mm x 350mm high, weight 30 Kg. Although the site in places says to raise the tank 1-2 feet, 150mm or a few breeze blocks will be fine....Hope this helps......Josh......

The Question Asked... When it is time to begin feeding my tomato plants how much easy grow liquid feed should I add to my header tank? Do I add the feed every time I fill up the tank? I normally fill the tank when it is about 6" above the filter. My tank serves 4 x 8 Litre pots. Your guidance will be much appreciated. thanks - Posted by Douglas Ward

Josh's Answer... Hi Doouglas, I presume this is the tank for the easy2grow Kit, we sell five different sizes. If you are growing in compost mixed with a percentage of perlite you should have enough feed in the compost for up to four weeks. However tomatoes are heavy feeders. I would suggest that you add 10ml per litre once the plants are a foot tall. For a 47ltr easy2grow tank I would add half of a 1 litre bottle (500ml). When you are down to the 6" level take a standard 10ltr bucket add the feed to it at 100ml per bucket.....This is the best way....Oh by the way take a look at the new video on the home page we are growing lots of plants at Brill View Nurseries....A video diary will be added each month......there is lots of info in the video for the AutoPot user.......Hope this helps.......Josh........

The Question Asked... where to find set up instruction for easy to grow tubs - Posted by funnell

Josh's Answer... Hello there. Products.....Downloads.....All the information for all systems are here as PDF downlaoads.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, When using the Aquabox with a growbag, which of your 2 videos is the preferred method - 1 or 2 -and if using method 2 is it important to put drainage slits in the bottom of the bag? George - Posted by George Rogers

Josh's Answer... Hi George, I would suggest having the AQUAbox in the middle of the grow bag is the best option. Jason will be doing some trials this year at home in his greenhouse. He will be adding the videos to the site in a while. I would suggest a few slits in the bottom of the bag will be fine or maybe punch some holes in the bottom with a screwdriver. Plant everything up water through well and let the plants establish for approx 2 weeks before you turn the system on. There will be loads of moisture in the growbag for this period of time when your plants are small. Hope this helps....Josh.....

The Question Asked... how long can you store easy2grow liquid plant fertilizer once opened and in use. - Posted by r l whitby

Josh's Answer... Hi there, As long as you keep the feed in a dark & cool place the liquid will last for up to 2-3 years......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Have any leak been reported when connecting tubes to the plastic tee section ? Mine leaked as soon as i connected. - Posted by harold

Josh's Answer... Hi Harlod, We have had a few reports of late. If you contact AutoPot either by phone or email someone will send out some replacements free of charge......Ask for Barbara and tell her Josh has spoken to you......Bye Josh......

The Question Asked... What is the correct compost/perlite mix?? - Posted by Martyn Curtler

Josh's Answer... Hi Martyn, The information is all over the website, however a good mix to use is good quality compost mixed with 30-40% perlite...Josh....

The Question Asked... Dear Sir, I am from Maldives and would like to buy see your products before i buy. Is there anyway i can. Is there a sales rep or agent in Maldives who supplier your products Regards Anth - Posted by aminath

Josh's Answer... Hi Anth, We have just sent products to the Maldives, I will pass on your email address to the person in the Maldives.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Can't find dimensions anywhere on site. Specifically, 1) what is the 2Pot tray's footprint, and 2) what is the distance between pots (center to center)? Thanks! - Posted by Leon Deutsch

Josh's Answer... Hi Leon, Please accept my apologies for the delay. I have been overseas teaching children in school how to grow in AutoPot products. As for your question. Centre to centre is 300mm, the foot print of the 2Pot tray can be obtained by going into the easy2grow section of the site via "Products".....Hope this information is not too late......Josh.....

The Question Asked... details of autopot autococo please - Posted by ted cockett

Josh's Answer... Hi Ted, AutoCoco is not redily available these days but any good quality coco can be used. I would also suggest that you add up to 50% perlite too as this will add lots of air to the mix.....Therefore mix 50% coco wilth 50% perlite , mix up and place in your pots.......Nice and fluffy.....Great root growth....Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... I am about to use my easy2grow kit for the third year I have noticed that the root control squares are no longer gold. Are they still suitable to use or does it mean they need replacing. If I make an order with your company what are the postage charges? - Posted by Sue Hodge

Josh's Answer... Hi Sue, I would suggest you change them, ideally 2 seasons is enough. Also at the moment, during May all deliveries are free.....Bye Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Many thanks for your help with my previous questions. Could you please say if the watering and feeding instructions for tomatoes apply to cucumbers? When & how often should I add feed to my 47L tank which supplies two 8L pots with cucumbers? Many thanks & Best wishes.....Douglas - Posted by Douglas Ward

Josh's Answer... Hi Douglas, That's what I'm here for......Cucumber took me a little while to master as they do not like wet feet.....But now.....Well......let them establish first in the pots over 2-3 weeks.....ie don't turn the tank on or fill for this time.....make the plants work for the water in the pots.....Once you are sure they are rooted and established fill the tank and add 10mm/litre...so roughly 500ml or half a litre per tank......You can increase the amount of feed after 6 weeks to 15mm per litre....The easiest way is to get a 10ltr bucket and add 150mm of feed per bucket.....Just keep doing this until the end of the season.....Oh before I forget watch the Brill View Nurseries videos this year as the info here will help in the future.......Bye for now......Josh....

The Question Asked... I have anew easy2grow kit purchased through Ebay and drop shipped to me by a wholesaler. I cannot find local dealers suggested by your outlets, links & affiliates web page in my area (Portland, Oregon). How do you suggest I obtain replacement parts locally? Thank you, Hank Danforth - Posted by Hank Danforth

Josh's Answer... Hi Hank, Please go to the website ......Outlets.....Look for the HydroDynamics logo......click on this and they will be able to help.....Any problems please let me know and I will help further.....Josh......

The Question Asked... which root control disc goes at the base of the pot? - Posted by David Nixon

Josh's Answer... Hi David, Plain black in the pot......Black and Gold in the tray gold face up........Oh you may have the old instructions.....Take a look at the animations.....Products.....Animations.......and the new instructions.....Products......Downloads..... on the website......Hope this helps.....Josh......

The Question Asked... I have set up my six pot Autopot System for this season but it is leaking from the T connection in one place. Should I cut off the ends of the 6mm hose and make a new connection? Will this solve the problem? Please advise. - Posted by George Todd

Josh's Answer... Hi George, If you send a quick email to Barbara in the contacts section she will send you a few spare Tee connectors. You are also right by trimming the ends off the pipe, try this too but we will send you some in the post too.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Last year your setup instructions online required some gravel being placed at the bottom of the pots but this is not currently on your online instructions, which is correct ? - Posted by patrick carr

Josh's Answer... Hi Patrick, Adding pebbles (washed) is still OK if it worked for you last year then carry on as before. The aim is to make the medium in the pot nice and "fluffy" by adding the % of perlite to the compost achieves this. Adding pebbles at the bottom will also be benieficial too......Bye for now.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I'm interested to try your Autopot Easy2grow system by using organic feed. Which organic liquid feed in the market is suitable for this system? - Posted by juliana towers

Josh's Answer... Dear Juliana, Generally all organic feeds are no good for any of the AutoPot systems or any pipe delivered systems. However do not be miss lead that organic is better. You will have just as good a crop including taste if you use the easy2grow liquid feed, a good quality compost mixed with 30-50% perlite. As far as we are concerned organics are just market driven by the supermarkets. Hope this helps.......Josh......

The Question Asked... what is paypoint - Posted by T Coleman

Josh's Answer... Hi Mr Coleman, Paypoint is the UK's leading secure on-line credit card company.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... When do you start feeding with autopot liquid? I seem to remember it is after the first tomatoes are about the size of a pea??? - Posted by margaret williams

Josh's Answer... Hi Margaret, There are two options.. you can start feeding as you say once the first truss starts forming.....Or because you are growing tomatoes and they can handle very high levels of food you can start feeding now. We are growing 120 tomatoes at Brill View Nurseries in Oxford. We let them establish for the first week in the pots and then we started feeding them straight away with very high levels of food we are using the easy2grow feed at quantities of 15ml/litre higher than normal. Pesonally I would do the latter due to the levels that tomatoes can handle. If you go to the home page of the website and scroll down near the bottom....click on the bill board that is being held by Josh..you will see the latest video and also the video on the 9th of April......Hope this helps....Josh.....

The Question Asked... On setting up my autopots I fiond that one 47 ltre tank is missing the grommet for the outlet. Can this be purchased? I couldn't find it in your online catalogue. - Posted by Gavin

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin, This should be fitted to the tank. If you send an email to Barbara, her details can be found in the contacts section of the website she will send one free of charge......Josh....

The Question Asked... Should I start out with wet soil? I did not moisten the soil when I repotted some plants and the top of the soil seems very dry although the plants look healthy. Thanks - Posted by Shirley Iwane

Josh's Answer... Hi Shriley, Ideally you should plant up and water through and then place in your tray. If the plants look fine and water is being provided by the AQUAvalve do not worry. Also take a look at the animations under the products tab...this will also help....Josh...

The Question Asked... Sorry - found it on page 20! - Posted by gavin

Josh's Answer... Sorry, we are having this turned round so that the latest questions come first and show at the top, I think the designers are also arranging for the question to be sent directly to you too....Josh...

The Question Asked... I am finding it difficult navigating your website Please help I only need 6 rout control discs and I can't find them Thank you - Posted by mrs j craven

Josh's Answer... Dear Mrs Craven, If you go to the on-line shop and then replacment disc you will see what you need here....Josh....

The Question Asked... Can you please tell me how I connect the extension pipe. Looking at your instructions it states use the 't' piece to join new pipe into original. Does this mean I have to cut the original into 2 to let one end into first and 2nd end into second and then both into the tank - Posted by Wendy Freezer

Josh's Answer... Hi Wendy, You must have received the old instructions. Please go to the website....Products....downloads....all the new instructions are here all will be explained in the new instructions....Josh....

The Question Asked... why cant i log on as i keep putting my codes but cant get accepted - Posted by irene

Josh's Answer... Hi Irene, We are having a few problems with a few accounts on the on-line shop at the moment....Please contact us after nine tomorrow and we will be able to take your order over the phone.....Sorry for the problems you are having be assured we are trying to sort it out as I speak......Josh.....

The Question Asked... I want to buy a 20L container of the Easy2Grow plant fertiliser, I live in York, UK, could you please tell me how much the shipping will be? many thanks - Posted by Jean Ryall

Josh's Answer... Hi Jean, At the moment during May shipping is free.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Aquabox- My raised beds are approx 10 inches deep, using the spider matting how deep should this be from the surface? Thanks Roy - Posted by Roy Lincoln

Josh's Answer... Hi Roy, Take a look at the animations......Products....Animations.... I would suggest 3-5inches, the bed is half filled the AQUAbox is placed in position and the matting is positioned slightly sloping away fron the AQUAbox....Take a look at the animations they will help too....Josh...

The Question Asked... I have been using this growing system with eight pots for three years the results are outstanding this year I encounted a problem getting water to the trays and after a bit found that the pipes were all blocked with a brown powder that turned out to be the tomato food I was using that is seaweed based after washing out no problem what do you use? I tried to visit your online site but all i get is a 404 error david - Posted by david

Josh's Answer... Hi David, I have just tested the site and all seems OK is it a particular page. Please let me know. The brown inside the pipe is the hardened feed, generally I would recommend that the 6mm pipe is replaced each season. If however you have flushed the lines and checked the AQUAvalve nozzels and all is OK. Just keep an eye on it. I sometimes remove the AQUAvalve, drop the bottom float and allow water to squirt through for a minute. Just to put my mind at rest.....Hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... Why is there a hole in the lid of the water tank? - Posted by brian goodley

Josh's Answer... Hi Brian, The hole is for two reasons. To prevent the tank from squeezing in, if it was air tight the tank would suck inwards and to allow easy removal of the lid. If you are concerned about rain water entering in you can place a small board over the lid. Don't worry too much, unless it rains all the time.....Mind you it might just do that this summer.....Hope this helps...Josh..

The Question Asked... Do I need to put gravel layer in bottom of pots and,if so what sort/size? - Posted by Charlotte

Josh's Answer... Hi Charlotte... Any type of washed gravel can be used to a depth of 25mm in the bottom of the pot. On top of the gravel use a good quality multi purpose compost mixed with 30-50% perlite...Josh....

The Question Asked... please give me a phone number, so i can make orders over the phone thank you arthur - Posted by arthur

Josh's Answer... Hi Arthur......All our phone numbers are in the contact section....08707 544449....Josh...

The Question Asked... I am looking to purchase an aquapot system which will include 8 large pots, 47 litre tank 5 metres of pipe can you tellme what else I will need please and what the total cost would be many thanks - Posted by karen

Josh's Answer... Hi Karen, You will also need a pack of 6mm Tee's, a pack of 6mm straight connectors, x2 6mm taps one for the end of the run and one to be inserted in-line as the pipe comes out of the tank, so you can taper the flow rate down. Also x1 6mm golf filter for inside the 47ltr tank. All the prices can be viewed in the on-line shop, you do not have to commit to buy to see the total amount....If you need any further help please let me know...Josh....

The Question Asked... I bought 2 aquapots last year they have been excellent. Unfortunately when we came to setting up this year one of the 6mm tophats leaks can we purchase replacements? We also have lost one of the covers for the aqua valve, does this do any damage to the valve and once again can we purchase this item? - Posted by Sheena Boyle

Josh's Answer... Hi Sheena, We do not sell replacements for the aquaPots, however it is easily fixed. I would recommend that you use Araldite, ensure everywhere is dry and apply the glue and allow to set. This will do the job and avoid you having to buy another. I'm not sure what cover you mean for the AQUAvalve, could you describe in a little more detail and I will advise you accordingly....Josh....

The Question Asked... What is the dimensions of the 15ltr & 7.5ltr Auto pots and what is the overall dimensions of the units... - Posted by callan

Josh's Answer... Hi Callan, The pots measure as follows: 15ltr 260mm sq x 300mm tall 8.5 ltr 245mm sq x 200 tall The dimensions of the trays are in each section...1Pot section and easy2grow section..by going to products....and then selecting the products, scroll down on each page as this will reveal dimensions....Josh...

The Question Asked... I have bought two pot autopot system with air domes. I cannot understand how the air domes can work?? Feed air in with air pump which flows to the cross section og pipes fitted at the bottom of air dome but which is totally blocked by the bottom rubber tubes which have no outlet?? - Posted by V. Martin

Josh's Answer... Hi there, if you take a look at the animations you will see how the AirDome works, streach the blue pipe slightly and you will see small slits in the blue pipe, this is where the air escapes.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, i bought this syatem off you at the end of last year and set it up yesterday it all works great but when i checked it this morning there were leaks on the 6mm "T" connectors so i stopped the water and re-connected them up and it leaked on the other connector.I got some plumbers PTFE tape off a mate and wrapped it around the connectors and now there are no leaks (hopefully) Just wanted to know if this is normal as i made sure the pipe was on corectly but it was just a fast constant drip. Thanks, Marc. - Posted by Marc Newman

Josh's Answer... Hi Marc, Try cutting the ends of the pipe so that you create a tight seal again on a fresh piece of pipe. If you send a quick email to barbara@autopot.co.uk, mentioning me she will send you a few spares free of charge....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I bought the Easy2Grow system a couple of years ago and it has been working fine. When connecting it this year I decided to check that the yellow floats in the aquafloat were ok as per the instruction sheet. I filled up the tank and when I checked under the pots (I have 10 linked to 2 tanks), some of the trays had water in them and some of them didn't. Which is correct and what do I need to do to the aquafloats to get them operating properly? Also, the instructions that came with the kit did not mention potting up with 50% perlite nor waiting a couple of weeks after potting up before filling the tanks. I note that the video advises this. Should I take my tomato plants out and repot using perlite? Thanks for your help. Carolyn - Posted by Carolyn Maxwell

Josh's Answer... Hi Carolyn, I presume you are still using the same 6mm pipe from several years ago......This is the problem....Any sediment will dry off inside of the pipe. When you come round to the following season the water flows through the 6mm pipe wets the dried sediment and then it get flushed down the pipe to the AQUAvalve nozzel and can block it......To fix the problem....1 either replace the 6mm pipe or unscrew the yellow collar on the AQUAvalve (on all the AQUAvalves) take the pipe off and let them flush for a minute or two....Also get a paper clip and push it through each AQUAvalve nozzel and then blow through, this will fix that problem. The best advise I would give is next season replace the 6mm pipe.....it is cheap and will avoid the problem you are having......If you had good results last year using your compost mix.....don't panic, leave your plants where they are they will be fine. Give it a go next year with the perlite as you will have more air around the root zone.....Oh keep an eye on the home page and the Brill View Nurseries videos through out the season as there will be lots of information here too......Hope this helps.....Any more problems let me know...But please do as above with all AQUAvalve even the ones that are working.....Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh, i have been trying to purchase some liquid plant food but i am having difficulties with registration to the on line shop, would appreciate help, thanks!. - Posted by r l whitby

Josh's Answer... Hi there, If you are encountering problems please give us a call after 9 tomorrow and we will be able to take the order over the phone and sort out your problem with your on-line shop issue.....Have you tried to re-set your password.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Have recently purchased autopot system plus one extention but cannot seem to see how extention tube connects to main unit - Posted by alan

Josh's Answer... Hi Alan, I guess you may have received the old instructions....Please go to the home page.....Products.....Downloads....All the new instructions are here...easy2grow Kit & 2Pot extension kit, you should have a 6mm tee all will be much simplier when you look at the instructions.....Josh..

The Question Asked... I ordered one 5 litre liquid fertiliser and you have sent me 2 lots.I di not want to pay for the second 5 litres so if you wish to collect it from my home address 31 drury lane let me know when you will collect.Thanks G. biggin - Posted by mr gt biggin

Josh's Answer... Dear Mr Biggin, I have passed your questions to the AutoPot team.....Not to worry but thank-you for being so kind in letting us know......Josh....

The Question Asked... trying to order on line but cannot get past shipping methodsto place order... please do you have telephone number thank you derek - Posted by erek

Josh's Answer... Hi Erek, Please go to the contact section all the numbers / emails are here...

The Question Asked... is it possible to purchase spare AQUAvalve nozzles ? - Posted by douglas

Josh's Answer... Hi Douglas, Just give us a call tomorrow and we will send some out for free.....Don't tighten up too much, when you feel the yellow collar grip STOP......they will not break then.....Josh...

The Question Asked... i have 3 twin easy to grows but the yellow collar has split on all 3 as the nozzle where the airline attaches has broken off - Posted by a barkworth

Josh's Answer... Hi Just give us a call tomorrow and we will send some out for free.....Don't tighten up too much, when you feel the yellow collar grip STOP......they will not break then.....Josh...

The Question Asked... hi,do your plant supports fit into pots or the holes in the base tray(east2grow).THANKS - Posted by chris

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris, They fit inside the pots...Josh...

The Question Asked... Why do you recommend a maximum of 3 trays (6posts) to a 47 liter tank? Is the tank to small to carter for more? Is the tubing to tight for higher numbers? On the australian site they recommend up to 8 trays to one 47 l tank so I just wonder. When/if are you going to sell a grow wall system with a tank at the top and/or a pump system? I would love to have a grow wall on my balconny Suggestion It would be nice if you sold airpumps that were connected to smaller cheaper solarpanels. I really like your product and have 3 trays on my balconny. - Posted by alex

Josh's Answer... Hi alex, Dont believe what you read down under........If you are growing low consuming herbs 8 pots or 4 trays will be OK. Imagine if you grow 8 tomatoes and supply them with the 47ltr tank in the height of summer the tank will empty within 4 days.....with 6 pots generally 1 week will be OK. You can have a tank at the other end....add more trays and join the tanks together.....12 plants then.....water from two directions... Also long distances are not good for 6mm pipe......Anything above 3-4 meters or 12+ pots upgrade to 16mm pipe and ruduction fittings to the AQUAvalve..... Alex we have been looking at wall systems if you have any ideas let us know..... If you also have any connections with solar panels that will power the pumps please let us know......Josh,

The Question Asked... Hello, I would like to ask as to whether any of your resellers sell the "easy2grow Liquid Plant Fertiliser" and ship to Slovak Republic as well. Thank You, Pavol Bencic - Posted by Pavol Bencic

Josh's Answer... Dear Pavol, I think that not many especially in your area of the world will supply the feed. It would cost more to ship to you. There will be garden centres and if you have any hydroponic outlets they will have a suitable feed.....Let me know what you have available to you and I can advise further....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I bought a couple of AQUAboxes at the end of March 2010 and I've got a couple of problems.... 1/. The lids on both are warped (one quite badly) and don't sit flush on the bases - this makes levelling them quite difficult and dirt can get into the resevoir. 2/. I've used one in a standard Growbag (Method 2) and turned it on last night. This morning the Growbag was flooded and the Growbag tray was full of water - what's wrong - I followed the instructions to the letter. George - Posted by George Rogers

Josh's Answer... Hi George, Please give us a call and we will resolve the problem, please ask for technical support......Josh.....

The Question Asked... My new 47 litre tank is leaking from the top hat grommet. Can this be sorted? - Posted by wanda

Josh's Answer... Hi Wanda, Can you please call us tomorrow and we will sort ot your problem....Josh....

The Question Asked... We've just bought a an easy2grow kit with 8 pots. We intend to grow tomatoes in them this first year. Can you give us any instructions or at least tips on how to do this, please? I know you have the newsletter, but instructions on how to grow various plants would be appreciated. - Posted by Robert Wilson

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert, If you look at the animations and videos this will help but also please call the office and ask for Jason and he will be able to advise you easily.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Is there an expiry date on the Liquid Fertiliser. What is the shelf life on the20 litre container? Best wishes Chris - Posted by Chris Luckman

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris, If you keep the feed out of the sun and keep it in a dark cool place the life of the feed is up to 3 years.....Josh....

The Question Asked... I have got 2 pot system. Also 2 air domes. I want to grow from seeds. Is it possible after germination)to simply place the germinated seed into coco medium near top of pot? Or maybe on top of air dome to get it nearer water.Will plant only grow when sufficiently mature to enable roots to be submersed in water? Thank you. - Posted by Vernon Martin

Josh's Answer... Hi again Vernon.... Germinate your seeds pot the ploants up in 3" pots and let me establish in the pots first.....The pot them into the AutoPot system, let them establish in the green pots for 2-3 weeks and then turn the air on........Take a look at the animation section this also show the AirDomes being used.......Also look at the instructions in.....products......downloads......Any more help drop me a line......Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh, i started to go through the FAQs and gradually lost the will to live. can you tell me what EC i should aim for with tomatoes? many thanks. - Posted by mary james

Josh's Answer... Hi Mary.....I know toooooo many questions......Ec for toms 1.8 or 18 is pretty normal you can go as high as 2.4 or 24, so any where between these numbers....pH if you can adjust......5.8-6.3 will be fine....I presume you are growing in compost & perlite......Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi Josh. On your videos you don't mention putting course grit at the bottom of the pots, but the notes about using the system does. Is this necessary or not? Also can you use the same compost from year to year? Thanks Gill - Posted by Gill Bright

Josh's Answer... Hi Gill......Adding washed grit is fine, it will help drainage, approx 20-30mm is fine....I would not suggest using the same compost, put the old compost on the boarder, use a good general purpose compost & perlite from the local garden centre, approx 70% compost mixed with 30% perlite....this will work well for you.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi, Can u please tell me why my 6mm tees are leaking even though I have used the 6mm pipe as supplied in the kit. is it normal to have the pots standing in about an inch of water or is there something wrong with the aquavalves. I only purchased the ket in the last few weeks from DOBIES OF DEVON and I set it up last week The butt( 47 litre was emptywithin 4 days???? Many thanks for your help if poss Regards Kern Founde - Posted by ken founde

Josh's Answer... Dear Kern, Please call us on Tuesday morning or email you number and someone will call you back....Josh......looks like you need a little help....Josh......

The Question Asked... I have a leaking T-connection - any ideas? - Posted by sara

Josh's Answer... Hi Sara, Please call the office tomorrow after nine and let us have your address and we will send a couple FOC......Josh....

The Question Asked... How many ltrs of water does the autopot tank take? I have the two sets of pots system in my greenhouse. One tank. Thank you. - Posted by Liz

Josh's Answer... Hi Liz, It is a 47ltr tank...This will be fine for 4 pots.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Can I buy the aquabox & spider matting in BC, Canada where is the nearest dealer Regards george Halden - Posted by George Halden

Josh's Answer... Hi George, Unfortunately the AQUAbox is not available in the US or Canada, this should change shortly......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Could you please tell me what is the matter with our cucumber plants? They were growing fine then the leaves turned yellow then white and then full off. But the plant is still growing. They are inside a greenhouse with Tomatoes grown in Auto Pots. Kind regards Jeanette - Posted by Jeanette

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeanette, If you would kindly call the office and ask for Jason as he will be able to advise over the phone......Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh, This is my first season using the auto pot system,i have 8 pots containing a 50/50 mix of perlite&levington compost. In 4 i am growing tomatoes all from 1 47 ltr tank, in the other 4 i am growing cucumbers bell peppers & jalepinoes. will i need to have different strenghths of easy2grow fertilizer in the tomato tank to that in the cucumber/ pepper tank? . Also i have not yet turned on the water because they have only been in the pots just over a week is this ok? the lowest leaves on the cucumbers have light areas on the edges so i don't know if they need water. thanks bob. - Posted by bob whitby

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob, Personally I would start the Toms at 10ml/litre & the other tank on 5ml/litre.....then increase the cucumber/pepper and chillie tank to 10ml/litre after 6 weeks....for the rest of the season......Cucumbers DONT like wet feet, so make sure they are well established first.....If you are worried about the plants needing water just pour some water (plain) in the tray to the height of the in-let hole where the pipe come in. I have been doing this in my greenhouse for 3 weeks now, they don't need water every day. I just pick up the pot to feel the weight...Maybe every 4-5 days I pour some water in.....As I said once you are happy that the plants are established let the easy2grow Kits do the rest of the watering for the rest of the season.....You can if you like let the Toms go as they will be OK as they love loads of water & feed.......Hope this helps....Josh.....

The Question Asked... I'm trying to buy some stuff from your online shop but it wont let me register/checkout as its complaining that it needs a username - no box to add a user name!! All I want is a replacement 6mm T :-( cos the one that came with my autopot extension is leaking.... - Posted by patricia Matthews

Josh's Answer... Hi Patricia....Please give us a call on Monday and we will send some out free of charge...."username" should be reading email address, try adding your email address.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Is it possible to get spare blue round discs which fit in top of floats - Posted by Margaret

Josh's Answer... Hi Margaret....If you give us a call aftr nine on Monday we will be able to take your address and send some out for you....Josh...

The Question Asked... do you sale playground bark chippings if so could you please tell me your prices thankyou - Posted by claire donnelly

Josh's Answer... Hi Claire...Sorry we only sell AutoPot products.....The local garden ctr is your best bet....Josh...

The Question Asked... Do yu make a filter which could be fitted on the outside of 47 litre storage tank instead of inside it - Posted by Margaret

Josh's Answer... Hi Margaret.....We used to make one but no longer as any sediment would get caught up in the filter and back up causing blockages. Having the filter inside the tank stops any particles at source.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Not a question this time just a big thank you for sending the spare blue round discs for the top of the float - they arrived this morning. - Posted by Margaret

Josh's Answer... No problem......glad they arrived....if you need my help further please feel free to drop me a line.....Josh....

The Question Asked... I have a 4 pot system the 47l. tank is missing the the connecter to link the pipework to the tank.the suppler has sent me 2 rubber fittings one is too small and one too big what is the correct size. - Posted by Ray Jones

Josh's Answer... Hi Ray....Could you give us a quick call on 08448 581520 and ask for Jason......Thanks Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, This is our second year with Autopots and we are very impressed with the system. Yields of peppers last year were impressive. However, we a one small gripe. Both last year and this we have found that the 6mm tees persistently leak. Whilst this is not too bad when feeding water only, it will become expensive when we start to add liquid fertiliser. Do you have a solution other than trying to wire the 6mm pipe on to the tees. I wouldn't mind paying a little more for higher quality connectors such as those used on the aquavalve - Posted by Brian Harrison

Josh's Answer... Hi Brian, There is a fault with some of the tee's. Our manufacturer has now solved the problem as it could only be detected under a magnifying glass. Please give us a call tomorrow and we will send some to you free of charge....Josh....

The Question Asked... what are the dimmensions of the auto pot - Posted by dan

Josh's Answer... Hi Dan......The dimensions of the trays can be found in each section.....1Pot System & the easy2grow section.....Josh....

The Question Asked... We have been using autopots for several years but we have found recently that the tomato roots are penetrating the mats and compromising the mechanisms causing an overflow and an emptying of the tank. We have been so careful to clean the mats and replace them in the original order. Any ideas. - Posted by david miller

Josh's Answer... Hi David, The root control discs will last a few years. However I would suggest they are replaced each season. Please also be aware that roots as I am sure you are aware will go through almost anything. The Root Control Discs will prevent root interference 90% of the time. If you are finding the roots around the AQUAvalve simply.....with the help of someone....lift the pot and cut the roots away.....don't panic as this will not harm the plant.......Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi, I used the auto valve last year in grow bag trays and it worked pretty well, so I decided to try the autobox in grow bags this year. I have installed them as per the instructions, however they seem to just swamp the grow bags (which are in trays). The capillary seems to just pull water continually out of the box (not as needed but just a constant slow flow), so that the tray just fills with water. Last night it emptied over 50 litres of water into 4 grow box's. it didn't seem to limit the water as needed? If I cant figure it out I will lose my crop as I can't regularly water by hand! Tim - Posted by tim letby

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim..... I have asked Jason to give you a call so that he can expalin where you are going wrong.....Josh....

The Question Asked... How much liquid feed would I need for growing 4 toamto plants during one season? Also I used system last year with slow release tabs. Would they leave sediment. Cleaned mats well;can I reuse them? - Posted by Moira Leslie

Josh's Answer... Hi Moira, I would suggest that a 5ltr tank of feed will be plenty. Keep the tank in a cool dark place as you will have some left over for next season. Using slow release tabs will not supply enough feed for tomatoes as they are very heavy feeders, they are really to be used for annual flowers. The mats can be used 2-3 times however I personally change them each year.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Josh Hello, I have a 6 pot autopot system. Do I need to purchase new root disks etc next year? Thanks - Posted by julian bingley

Josh's Answer... Hi Julian.....You can get around two seasons out of the Root Control Discs...However I generally use new ones as I like to keep it all nice and clean.....But two seasons will be fine.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I would like to buy some more 6mm tubing but can't find it in the online shop. Where is it hidden? Gavin - Posted by gavin

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin, If you go to the 6mm section in the fittings you will see it there....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi,i love your online shop, very simple and very professional, congratulations !!! I´am from portugal, i´de like to know if you delivery orders here, if not tell me the retiler, please. - Posted by helder

Josh's Answer... Hi Helder.....We can deliver but there a few outlest in Portugal and Spain...Please contact Barbara at barbara@autopot.co.uk ........Josh....

The Question Asked... I am using the one pot system with 4 pots. I would like to use blackstrap molasses to feed my plants but am unsure if it is safe to do so with the aquavalve. I was thinking of disolving the molasses in water and adding it with the nutrients to the tank. Please could you let me know if this will mess up the aquavalves or not? Thanks. Nathan - Posted by Nathan

Josh's Answer... Hi Nathan.... Although there is some positive rusults using your suggested additive, as far as I am aware I have not heard of anyone using molasses in the AutoPot tanks.....As long as you can ensure it dissolves and stays dissolved.....Give it a go....I'd dissolve the molasses in hot water first....Let me know how you go if you decide to try this......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi I am from Maldives. I would like to buy Hydroponics Liquid Fertiliser from your local agent here in Maldives. Please tell how to cantact local agent. Thanks Zahid - Posted by Zahid Fahmy

Josh's Answer... Hi Zahid.....I have asked Jason to send you an email so that you can make contact with Zahid our representive in the Maldives....If you have any problems let me know.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... What is the length of time that Autopot plant feriliser can be stored for - Posted by Douglas Macfarlane

Josh's Answer... Hi Douglas...As long as you keep it in a cool dark place it will last for two years.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Dear Sir I like to buy the aquabox but i am from the middle east area and i dont know from where i can get your producys in the middle east like Jordan area or the arebian gulf area so can you help me to buy your products ? - Posted by Hassan abu nejim

Josh's Answer... Dear Hassan.....If you would kindly email to mail@autopot.co.uk directing your email to Jason Ralph-Smith he will be able to advise & help you.......Josh...

The Question Asked... What are the dimensions of the 47 ltr tank - Posted by Brian

Josh's Answer... Hi Jimmy, The size is as follows....Height 61cm x width 37.5cm x depth 28.5cm.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, Please could you let me know what the depth of the 15ltr pot is? Thank you, Harry - Posted by Harry

Josh's Answer... Hi Harry, The depth is 30cm......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, ive just transplanted tamato cuttings into my two auto pots and its been two weeks now with unsuccessful results,the plants have not responded! they have instead started turning yellow and are no longer standing uprite. was i supposed to hand water for the first few days untill the cuttings roots reached the bottom, or must i just wait it out.? im using the ghe hydroponics range of ferts. PLEASE HELP - Posted by nick

Josh's Answer... Hi Nick, Would you kindly call the AutoPot office and speak with Jason, he will be able to help. 0844 8581520.......Josh....

The Question Asked... please can you let me know what pod sets you have suitable for a 50 meer poly tunnel regards joe - Posted by Joe Ennis

Josh's Answer... Hi Joe, The best product to use is the 2Pot extension kit, if you intend growing in pots as it is the most practical and cost effective. If you intend growing in the ground the AQUAbox straight will be the best option. If you call the office or email your telephone number someone will give you a call......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello, I was considering using the auto pot system. My concern is the nutrients that I use might clog it up. I use fox farm nutrients and I notice that they have residue build up in my mix buckets after awhile. So I’m concerned all this will clog up the auto pot system. I need a good solid advice before I invest in this system. Thanks Rob - Posted by Rob T

Josh's Answer... Hi Rob, As the nutrients are from an American company I can not be certain, however as they are actively sold in the hydroponic market I would presume that they are quite clean.....Most fertilisers with the exception of organics are fine when used with the AutoPot products. Is it powder or liquid you use? If using powder always mix in hot water first, then add this solution to the supply tank. Please give HydroDynamics our main distributor a call, their contact details can be found in the outlets section of the site by clicking on their logo, they should be able to help a little more.......If you need my help further please drop me a message......Josh....

The Question Asked... I have several autopots but on 2 of my aquavalves the nipple where the feed tube connects has broken off. Is it possible to get a replacement part. This would be the outer casing with the aquavalve contact details embossed . Iain - Posted by Iain

Josh's Answer... Hi Iain, If you call the office with your contact details (address) we will send you a few out. Please note that the yellow collar being over tightened can cause the break. When screwing on the yellow collar, STOP when you feel it grip. DON'T keep tightening as it is not necessary. Also take a look at the AQUAvalve animation or one of the set-up animations and this will provide you with tips and hints.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Just ordered a few more sundries. System working well but found several T pieces had leaks so have ordered more seeing a posting to the effect that they have been improved. The fault seemed to be a raised moulding joint - haven't tried filing it down yet. Looking forward to being able to go away for a week this summer - thanks to autopots. Gavin - Posted by Gavin

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin, If you give us a quick call we will arrange for someof the new Tee pieces to be sent to you free of charge......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Faut-il mesurer le ph de l'eau ? Si oui, dans quelles proportions. Merci. - Posted by tournesol

Josh's Answer... Hi Tournesol Le pH de l'eau doit mesurer entre 5,8 à 6,3 selon le support que vous utilisez.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi,I also seem to have a leaking tee joint,do I need to replace it? Charlotte - Posted by Charlotte

Josh's Answer... Hi Charlotte, Please give us a call after 9 on Monday and we will send one out free of charge.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, Can the auto pot be used with 100% perlite ? or with clay pebbles in the bottom of the pot and perlite on top ? cheers - Posted by bren

Josh's Answer... Hi Bren, You can use 100% perlite, just ensure that there is no perlite floating around the AQUAvalve as it can be quite messy.....but effective....as for pebbles there is no need if you are using 100% perlite......be careful which pebbles you use "Hydroton" for example are very alkaline and not good for the plants if not pre-treated......Josh......

The Question Asked... where can i buy the easy2grow liquid fertilizer in the usa - Posted by ken

Josh's Answer... Hi Ken, e2g liquid feed is not available in the USA. Please speak with Hydrodynamics.....their details can be found in the outlests section of the site by clicking on their logo.....they will be able to advise what is best to use in the USA......Josh....

The Question Asked... Iam useing 50% soil 50% perlie what would be the correct ph on that? thanks - Posted by Simon

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon, Ideal pH in the tank is between 5.8-6.3....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi there, Josh. I am using the aquavalves in open trays with pots standing in them. Because they are open to the air there are many midge, mosquito and other water borne larvae in the pool of water. Can you recommend a safe way to get rid of them? (Safe for the plants of course!). - Posted by Gavin

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin, Unless there is a cover over the water then I'm afraid the problem will persist.....Although it will not affect the performance of the system it is a little unsightly....Can I suggest for this season the tray in emptyed once a month and cleaned (if possible) this will keep the insects and algee at bay.....I hope this helps to some degree.....Josh... Next year you can then create a cover that keeps out the light and pests...If all is growing OK I would just be tempted to leave it....

The Question Asked... What is the shelf life of your liquid plant food. 20 litres is much cheaper pro rata than 5 but it will be a waste of money if the surplus from this year (which there will b e) cannot be used next year. I loopk forward to your reply - Posted by dudleydean@talktalk.net

Josh's Answer... Hi there, The feed will last 2-3 seasons.....Ensure you keep it in a cool dark place to ensure the shelf life.....Leaving the feed in the greenhouse in full sun will minimise the life of the feed......Josh....

The Question Asked... it is sayng thers defalt same as biling wat does that mean and has my stuff been orderd corectelry and paid for proper thanks daniel - Posted by daniel

Josh's Answer... Hi Daniel, Please call the office as your order is still awaiting payment, as your card has not been entered.......I beleive the card you used was not accepted....Tel 0844 8581520

The Question Asked... could you tell me the dimentions please - Posted by nathan

Josh's Answer... Hi nathan, Not sure which dimensions you require.....All dimensions are in the 1Pot & easy2grow sections....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello I'm using your 2pot autopot set up for growing toms along with Levington Tomorite liquid, the question is how much of this liquid should I use, on the container they recommend using 20ml for 4.5 litre water every 7 days but how much should I add to 47 litre reservoir? as they are going to be fed nutes all the time from the reservoir. - Posted by Bert

Josh's Answer... Hi Bert......Every time you add water to the tank also add feed at the rate is suggests on the bottle....Be careful with Tomorite as it can leave a lot of sediment in the tank.....Tomorite is really designed to be used in a watering can....Josh....

The Question Asked... I need a watering system for my four raised beds. Surface is approximately 2 feet off the ground and they meausre approx 6 foot x 4 foot each about 2 feet apart. Thee is a wall about 9 feet from the nearest bed which I imagine could be used to mount a reservoir. - Posted by andrew

Josh's Answer... Hi Andrew.....I would suggest using the AQUAbox with the Spider design matting.....Each AQUAbox using this matting will irrigate an area of 1sq meter. The tank can be placed on the wall but be careful of the wind blowing it off.......Josh...

The Question Asked... Hello. what growing medium can you use with the autopot systems? and also what ones do you recommend. cheers - Posted by ste

Josh's Answer... Hi Ste........There are many types that can be used.......The main objective is to use a medium that holds lots of air in the mix.......Good quality compost/soil mixed with 40% perlite works very well or you can use coco mixed with the same % of perlite.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi josh, i have heard that tomatoes like a little sulphate of magnesium {epsom salts} could i include this in the nutrient solution? if i could how often and in what quantity?. thanks bob. - Posted by bob whitby

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob, Epsom Salts is a great product to use across all plants......In a 47ltr tank I would suggest that 1 heaped teaspoon will suffice, firstly mix it in a cup of hot water and then add to the tank....do this each time you re-fill the tank.....Also Epsom Salts can be added as a foliar feed....In a 5ltr spray bottle add approx half a teaspoon, as before mix in hot water and then add to the spray bottle......Make sure you spray under the leaves......Remember to only spray early in the morning or before the sun goes down.....don't worry about being exact as the plants will not suffer if you apply too much......Hope this helps....Josh.....

The Question Asked... What fertilisers should be used.Will biobizz (organic) work? - Posted by Tj

Josh's Answer... Hi Tj......Organic ferilisers as a rule are not suitable for AutoPot products or any systems that require small pipes to supply the feed.....Saying this there are now some on the market that are clean and not thick or gooey......I have not seen the Bio Bizz feed so I can not comment if this product is suitable.......However don't be misled that organic is better.....Using a good quality feed that is clean and mixes well will produce a good quality crop with good flavour......We have tried organic feeds in the past to see if flavour is improved and to be honest there was no differance.....apart from the occasional blockage with the organic.......Just be careful using organics......Josh...

The Question Asked... Is autopot only suitable for soil or can perlite or coco be used as efficiently? - Posted by vapours

Josh's Answer... Hi there.....The AutoPot products can be used with many mediums, all of your suggestions and mixing them can also be used with excellent results, try half coco and half perlite you will get excellent results with this mix........Take time to look through the information on the website there is lots of information there in the 3D animations and in the video trials....Josh.......

The Question Asked... My easy2grow system seems to have stopped watering. I have found a lot of sediment at the bottom of my water container - this maybe because I have been using tomorite after the feed that came with the system ran out and because of the high chalk content in our water. What is the best thing to do to get the system working again? - Posted by Clare Hunter

Josh's Answer... Hi Claire......Hmmmmm Tomorite, it will be the cause...To correct the problem....Detatch the pipe from the AQUAvalve so that water is running freely....Then take a paper clip and push it through the AQUAvalve nozzel and blow through it to ensure it is clear. Then re-connect the pipe.....Try not to use Tomorite as it is no good for the easy2grow Kit....The easy2grow feed is a safe bet to avoid the problem happening again it can be bought on the on-line shop.....Also before you restart empty the tank and wash out all the salts left from the Tomorite...Hope this helps.....If the problem persists just give me a shout.....Bye Josh.....

The Question Asked... can you use easy 2 grow kit in doors in winter.No wife no problem polytunnel in summer - Posted by Reg

Josh's Answer... Hi Reg.....Yep no problem the easy2grow kits can be used inside especially as you will have no one to complain about them....Josh...

The Question Asked... very good but how many complaints of leakages have you had and is it designed for indoor use i live in a block of flats 4th floor will it be safe from leaks if it is then i want a set - Posted by YOYO

Josh's Answer... Hi there, The systems are as safe as any other system. All systems need to be looked over from time to time, leaving watering systems unattended for long periods of time without attention is the only down fall, if you ensure they are checked from time to time you will be fine. If you intend to grow in a flat I would suggest that the floor is covered with a thick water proof plastic....I would suggest this for any system used indoors...Josh....

The Question Asked... is auto pot leak proof - Posted by YOYO

Josh's Answer... Yes AutoPot is leak proof.....but take precautions as stated previously.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Does the 47L tank come supplied with feeding tubes - Posted by jOHN

Josh's Answer... Hi John, The tank is supplied with the lid the 47ltr tank and a 6mm top hat grommet......pipe and a filter can be found in the fittings section of the on-line shop in the 6mm section, as the tank is not supplied with these two necessary items.....Josh....

The Question Asked... HELLO JOSH, PLEASE CAN YOU HELP, WHY IS MY TRAY NON STOP FILLING , COULD IT B I HAVE DEEP RIBS ON THE BOTTOM OF MY TRAY, {NOT FLAT} - Posted by JEFF

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff......Are you using the AQUAvalve in your own tray? You need to ensure that it is secured or the AQUAvalve will float as the water fills the tray......causing it to keep flooding......To stop this you need to use the AQUAvalve cover.....Simply place the cover over the AQUAvalve and place a weight on the cover......ensuring the small hole on top of the cover is kept free of obstructions.....this will fix the problem....Hope this helps....If you need any further help please let me know....Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi - can you tell me if water soluble organic fertiliser can be used with your system please? Can you recommend an organic fertiliser by any chance? - Posted by Andy

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy, There are some organic fertilisers that are now available on the market that mix well with water and stay mixed. However we have not tried the available products. Try contacting HydroGarden, Nutriculture or Growth Technology some of our distributors, their details can be found in the outlets section of our website and by clicking on their logos, either of these companies may well be able to help.....Please let us know what they say or advise as we will test a few out....But please ensure that they mix well and stay mixed as this has always been the problem with organics in the past for any systems supplied with pipe work......Josh....

The Question Asked... do you supply 4mm piping and associated connectors ?. thanks. - Posted by martyn pemberton

Josh's Answer... Hi Martyn....All the fittings are in the fittings section of the website, we supply 6mm fitting which are the same 6mm OD 4mm ID......Josh....

The Question Asked... do you accept payment through pay-pal - Posted by martyn pemberton

Josh's Answer... Hi Martyn, I'm afraid we only accept card payments or cheques/postal order payments.....You can ring the office number if you need to speak with anyone......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, you say that organic fertilizers aren't suitable for the autopot, does this include humic/fulvic acid? An example is 'Green Myst' made by Growth Technology and says it's hydrponic compatable . Thanks - Posted by Josh

Josh's Answer... Hi Josh......Green Myst (I think) if fine.....However I would just check with Growth Technology first, their number is 01823 325291, ask for Ian he knows a lot about AutoPot and all the feeds that work well with the systems.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Do you have any retailers in the North West. I am looking for the liquid plant fertiliser but the delivery charge is greater than the product cost! - Posted by Godfrey Armstrong

Josh's Answer... Dear Godfrey, I'm afraid the liquid feed is only available from us directly. I realise that the cost is expensive however this is the cost we are charged. If you would like to make it more cost effective can I suggest that a 5ltr bottle is so. This will also last 2-3 seasons, as long as you keep it in a cool dark place.....Josh....

The Question Asked... hello what are the dimensions of the aquavalve and aquavalve cover ? thank you - Posted by silviu

Josh's Answer... Hi Silviu, The AQUAvalve measures as follows: 120mm long x 80mm wide x 50mm high. The AQUAvalve cover measures 110mm long x 85mm wide x 60mm high....Hope this helps.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi - have you heard of a growing medium called diatomite/diahydro? I've been reading a little about it and it appears to produce some pretty good results and some shops highly recommend it for use with autopots? Have you any experience of this silica based and organic media and how might it be best used with autopots, i.e on it's own or as part of a mix? Thanks - Posted by Andy

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy.....We tested Diatomite several years ago, it works very well in all the AutoPot products, it is expensive however. I would suggest using a half and half mix with a good quality coco or soil, this will cut the cost down and still provide great results. Try putting a 30mm layer at the bottom of the pot first and then the mix on top, this works best.....If you need any more help just let me know......Josh.....

The Question Asked... I set up the autopots in my greenhouse as instructed and most of the plants are doing really well but I have 1 cherry tomato that the leaves are going brown round the edges and has stopped growing, and although the tomatoes on it have ripened it's now dying. the one next to it is fine. Why is this? I also have other plants with some tomatoes that have bottom end rot, although the plant in the pot next to it is fine. How can this happen with auto watering when they are all in a line and the reservoir has water in it and the waterbutt has been kept topped up? Thanks - Posted by Gill

Josh's Answer... Hi Gill, If you could email your telephone number I will ask Jason to give you a call as it will be easier to find out what the problem is over the phone......Josh....

The Question Asked... Recent email advised new system in development to grow simply in water without need for growing medium. Can this be adapted for us use in ou easy to grow 2 2 pot systen with aquavalve?? Regardsn Vernon - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi Vernon, The new product, which will not be ready for a while, fits in all the existing 1Pot & 2Pot trays, yes it allows you to grow plants without the need for soil or a pot.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Is it possible to make an online payment for an order? - Posted by fiona

Josh's Answer... Hi Fiona....Sorry for the dealy.....However I do beleive you have now spoken to the office........All orders can be paid for on line........Josh......Any further problems please call the office.....Bye

The Question Asked... can you send me items to my home if I buy directly - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Yes all items bought on the AutoPot on-line shop can be delivered directly to your home.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Many plants have blossom end rot. All have plenty of water but are dry on top. Should I remove more bottom leaves or stop the plants earlier? Gavin - Posted by gavindavidjones@gmail.com

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin, Firstly remove all the tomatoes with blossom end rot, DON'T remove any more leaf.....as you may have removed too much this being the cause of the problem. Let the plants keep going, don't worry about stopping them let them produce more flowers...there is still a good 6 weeks left.....Josh..... Oh nearly forgot the soil a the top should be dry so this is OK...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Do you have a distributer on the island of Mauritius? I am a farm in the south of the Island and am very intrested in the autopot system as I might be growing fruit and veg for a big chain of supermarkets Regards Boris - Posted by Boris Fayd'herbe

Josh's Answer... Hi Boris, A customer has recently bought a pallet of AutoPot products. But if you send an email to Jason the MD of AutoPot he will be able to speak to you in more detail......He can be contacted at mail@autopot.co.uk........Josh..... Jason is overseas at the moment so it may be a few days before he gets back to you......Bye.....

The Question Asked... Hi, I have set up my autopot system and wanted to check that I have this system set up correctly? I was wondering if you could tell me how high the water level should be sitting in the resevoir? My water level is level with the tube fitting into the yellow screw valve. Is that correct or should it be higher? Many thanks - Posted by Richard

Josh's Answer... Hi Richard....I believe Jason has answered your question.....If you need any further help please let me know....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hello Josh, O.K., I'm away for a while and come back and see these amazing Aqua Pots! Is there anywhere on the website where they are explained? They are lovely! Cheers from Houston, Texas - Posted by Vivian

Josh's Answer... Hi Vivian......Could you let me know which product you mean as I was not aware the aquaPots were available in the USA....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh. I have just put up a10'x20' polytunnel with 2 beds 4'x20'. What AQUA system should I use. Regards, Chris Hunter. - Posted by Christopher Hunter

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris......If you would kindly contact Jason at mail@autopot.co.uk providing him with as much information as you can....such as plants you intend to grow he will be able to advise you accodingly.....the more information the better....He is overseas in Africa at the moment so it may take a day or two for him to reply.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh, sigh, I visit autopot.co.uk as unfortunately all your products aren't available in USA yet. I like reading your Latest News and looking at the new projects and of course reading your Q & A... - Posted by Vivian

Josh's Answer... Hi Vivian, Please contact HydroDynamics by clicking on their logo in the outllests section, they stock a lot of our products and Future Garden too in New York....Josh....

The Question Asked... So i have these questions about the airdome, lets say i got 5 airdomes in 5 different onepot systems how many pumps and how much power(m3 air/h) should the pump/the pumps have? I guess i should have like; the amount the gum airstones can release * amount of pots with airdomes(5 for this example), so i would get same amount of pressure on each airdome, insted of getting 100% blowing in one and only 20% in the other for. The real problem is how much does the gum airstones realese? what do you suggest? 5 pumps with 1m3/h, one to each airdome? 5 pumps with 1m3/h all connected together to each other as backup then to each airdome? 2-3 pumps with 2m3/h power all conected to each other and the airdomes? or maybe just one pump with 5m3/h power connected to all airdomes? - Posted by Pelle

Josh's Answer... Hi Pelle...You are complicating things too much....If you go to the on-line shop section and then the Air pumps section, each pump states how many it will supply....There is no need to try to calculate volume....there is no need to over complicate things.....Josh....

The Question Asked... What are the dimensions of the tank AP201 and the trays AP204 - Posted by David

Josh's Answer... Hi David, If you copy this link...... http://www.autopot.co.uk/shop/browse?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=158&category_id=8 This will take you to the easy2grow Kit...scroll down the page a little and the dims are there that you need.....Any other questions please let me know.....Josh....

The Question Asked... can you use a pump with the autovalve? - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi....You can use a pump however only one that produces no more than 10 psi.....the AQUAvalves will handle up to 25 psi it is the fittings that blow if you go above 10 psi.....Personally I would just use large tanks it is much simplier and much more easy to control....Josh.....

The Question Asked... How many gallons would your aqua box sytem work for and can you link them together (expand) from one resivoir? - Posted by Eric

Josh's Answer... Hi Eric.....You can have the AQUAboxes connected to any size tank from 47ltr to 1000 gallons if you like there is no limit. They can also be linked together easily......if you go to the easy2grow section you will see examples using multiple trays the format is exactly the same for the AQUAboxes.....If you want more information please contact Jason at mail@autopot.co.uk providing as much information as you can as he is the designer of all the products.....He will be able to advise in more detail if you need it......Bye Josh....

The Question Asked... can i use clay pebbles with autopots - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi There, Please take a look through some of the question in the Ask Josh section, you will see other customer who have asked the same question. Yes you can......be sure they are pH balanced....if not then you will have to do this.....and only fill the pot half full and top water for around 7 days to get the roots down....Pebbles are not very capillary active....Josh....But if you use them correctly they work well....

The Question Asked... i live in sav,ga,usa i got the easy grow kit but i need the bigger pots! do u ship to usa and how much are the taller pots and will they fit the one i bought, and how much in us dollosr . you only tell uk price. whats up with that. you need ti upgrade man. also how much for shipping. - Posted by Brian T Keyes

Josh's Answer... Hi Brian....The shop only services the UK and Northern Ireland...hence why it is in £....If you go to the outlets section of the site and click on the HydroDynamics logo they will be able to help you.....mind you don't be missled that a bigger pot is better in the AutoPot products this does not apply....take a look at the videos on the home page the tomatoes are now 14 feet tall.....Josh

The Question Asked... I have 3x 2pots system set up. clay pebbles the Coir mixed with vermiculite. The coir is very dry and doesn't appear to be sucking up water.any ideas? - Posted by Iain

Josh's Answer... Hi Iain, Firstly you should water the plant from the top so tha the plant is watered through. Allow to drain and then place in the tray. This should then be fine. How do the plant look if they are fine then there is no reason to worry as you have used a very free draining mixture of soil...which is perfectly fine.......Josh...

The Question Asked... I have 3x 2pots setup with clay pebbles and coir mixed with 30% vermiculite. Soil is very dry - not taking in water. Anysuggestions? - Posted by Iain

Josh's Answer... Iain, Is the tray filling to approx 20mm and then draining again, if so all is working OK...Josh..

The Question Asked... hi,is it possible to get the single autopots with the 8.5ltr pots instead of the 15 ltr,and could you tell me how much it would be to set up with a 47 ltr tank,thanks - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Please give us a call on Monday and someone will be able to help you. The contact number can be found on the website......Josh...

The Question Asked... what size in L are the standard pots? - Posted by mr pengwin

Josh's Answer... Hi Mr Pengwin.......We supply two sizes.....8.5 litre & 15 litre both fit in all our tray designs......Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh, i would like to buy the easy2grow kit but i dont know how this system works with plants that dont like wet feets. and do you know if there can be problems with salination by using this kit. i would use 50/50 soil and perlit and would put 2 cm of expanded clay into the bottom of the pot - Posted by ks

Josh's Answer... Dear KS....The mix you suggest is an excellent choice......Look at how the AQUAvalve works......You will not get wet feet with the plants you choose.......Take a look at the animations and the downloads section.....this will help....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, if 100% perlite was being used in the auto pot would there be any possibility of the perlite blocking the valve ? have you tested 100% perlite ? many thanks, Bren - Posted by Bren

Josh's Answer... Hi Bren....100% perlite is fine to use.....Make sure all the pots are cleaned with a brush and NO perlite is floating in the water around the AQUAvalve......If you ensure these to simple tasks all will be fine.....Take a look at the videos, animations amd downloads section......all this will help....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, My tap water is at EC level 4.5. Is there anyway i can use this tap water to supply my autopot garden. - Posted by Anth

Josh's Answer... Hi Anth......This is very strange 4.5 Ec if you are reading the scale correct this will kill everything you grow......I have never in history of growing ever heard of an Ec in water being this high...are you sure you are reading the equipment correctly......I would give the office a call or email over your telephone number so someone can call you....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Where can I purchase your products in the states? I read about distribution in Michigan, but cannot find any more info. - Posted by Keegan

Josh's Answer... Hi Keegan.....Future Garden in NY supply them and there are quite a few outlets dotted around the US......any problems let me know....Josh.......

The Question Asked... am i able to purchase the 24 autopot system with 8 litre pots instead of the 15 liters it says it comes with? - Posted by BOOKA

Josh's Answer... Hi Lee......If you call the office tomorrow someone will be able to adjust your requirement on the pot size.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh When they refere to the Ec content for various stages of grow and different vegetables, what are they refering to? Thanks Boris - Posted by Boris Fayd'herbe

Josh's Answer... Hi Boris....Ec levels are the levels of feed in your tank....At different stages the plant will require different levels of feed in the tank..... We sell an Ec truncheon that is very easy to use and understand. If is simply placed in the water and the reading is provided......If you need any further help please let me know....Josh.....

The Question Asked... how do you keep the tank full of nutrients fresh without a pump of some kind ? - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi Sonny.......It's not necessary to use a pump in the tank to keep the nutrients fresh as they stay fresh without one.....if you still want to add one you can if you like...Do not add an air pump as this will automatically increase the pH.....Add a pump to circulate the water instead.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, spoke with jason recently about problems caused by hard water and sediment left in reservoir due to calcification of LPF. Have now cleaned up my system. Has any thought been given to a second reservoir hole about an inch higher,just for hard water areas, or would that affect production and tooling costs too much? much? - Posted by Brian White

Josh's Answer... Hi Brian....Jason has had a chat with me about this....Altering the position of the hole would indeed mean additional costs.....However it is easily achieved at home by drilling a small pilot hole and then using a 10mm drill. You can then cap off the bottom hole by inserting a small length of 6mm pipe and then by inserting a 6mm end stop.....However it is also avoided by once a month carrying out a little maintainance or before you leave to go on holiday.....Cleaning the AQUAvalves and by cleaning out the tank once or twice a season so that all is kept free from any build up caused by the hard water in the UK......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi. Will you be having a stall at this years Malvern autumn show? - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom......I'm afraid we are not at Malvern this year..However there may well be some companies that supply our products attending......If you need any advice please give the office a call I'm sure Jason will be able to help you.....Feel free to call him he is always more than happy to help out.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh!!! Which nutrients I must use when grow in Easy2Grow pots, soil nutrients or hydro nutrients. - Posted by G&P

Josh's Answer... Hi G&P......There are so many nutrients that can be used....if you let me know what is available to you I will help you choose the best for your needs......Josh.....

The Question Asked... How are you related to the Australian AutoPot company? - Posted by Harrold

Josh's Answer... Hi Harrold.......Our company is not related in any way with AutoPot in Australia.....However I can advise that our products are of superior quality, function much better and have had any problems removed associated with the Australian designs.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hello, I'm interested in Root Control Discs (8-Pack) - Square £4.80. Do you ship to Italy (Europe)? How much does it cost? Thank you - Posted by DDL

Josh's Answer... Hi DDL......If your local store does not supply accessories...please contact Barbara at barbara@autopot.co.uk she will be able to help......Out of interest where in Italy did you purchase your kit from?

The Question Asked... Do you have an australian distributor? - Posted by Ross

Josh's Answer... Hi Ross.....This is one of the only few countries that we do not have a distributor in our closest distributor is in Thailand, they can be contacted via www.autopot.asia or if you are interested in distrbuting the products please contact Barbara at barbara@autopot.co.uk.....Josh.

The Question Asked... I have a 2 pot system and I had a pepper plant in one pot and a cucumber plant in the other pot. The cucumber plant was using more water than the pepper plant so the pepper plant became waterlogged so I presume that I should have similar plants in the pots or is there anything I can do to stop this next year? - Posted by Ronald

Josh's Answer... Hi Ronald...This is not necessary......different plants can easily be grown in the same tray......It is all about the type of soil you use....Always use a free draining soil.....I would suggest that a good mix is a good quality compost.....(not John Innes) mixed with 40-50% perlite.....50% compost 50% perlite......If you need to have a chat with someone please call the office number and ask for Jason.......he will run you through the do's and don't's........Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi, I have a problem with my Easy2Grow 3 double pot system. I carefully set the E.C (TDS, PPM) at the recommended level for the plants I am growing. All goes well until the plants increase in size, and then nutrients build up in the cocopeat/perlite and cause nutrient burn (overfeeding). Do you have any specific guidance for avoiding this, perhaps with recommended E.C. levels specific to the autopots? I am presuming the larger plants are using more of the water and leaving behind the salts, which then build up. Cheers ROY - Posted by Roy Mitchell

Josh's Answer... Hi Roy.....If you would kindly call the office and ask for Jason he will be able to help you as it will be much easier to help out over the phone......Office number 0844 8581520, Jason will gladly call you back.......Josh......

The Question Asked... hi, i have a free supply of pure oxygen, would this be ok to use with airdome inside an autopot system? - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ryan.....Hmmmm. As far as I am aware this has not been tried...As roots thrive on oxygen I can not see why it shouldn't work. Air only contains around 20% oxygen, the rest is mostly Nitrogen....In theory it should work well.....Let me know how you go I am interested to hear your results. I would test it against an AirDome just supplied from an air pump to see the differance......Josh.....

The Question Asked... i dont really understand ur products workings, can i use with coco or is it designed for hydroponic systems? - Posted by luke

Josh's Answer... Hi Luke.....If you look around the site.....the 3D animations and videos this will help.....Many types of mediums can be used....soils.....hydroponic mediums......or mixes of them.....if you are starting with AutoPot I would suggest that you use one of the following......coco mixed with 40% perlite, or coco mixed with 40% pebbles........or a good quality soil mixed with 40% perlite....there are lots more to choose from but this will get you off to a good start.......If you need any further help just let me know......Josh.......no matter what you decide to use the aim is to use a nice "fluffy" mix.....by this I mean very free draining......

The Question Asked... hi, when first transplanting young cuttings into these pots, will the aquavalve water enough to reach up to small plants or do i need to water from the top imitially? chhers, ryan - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ryan.....Take a look at the 3D animations......Pot up....water through..allow to drain....and then place in the trays....Note there is enough water in the soil/medium for at least 10 days as the plants are only small......let them establish in the pot first before you turn the system on......this includes the AirDomes........Feel the weight of the pot during this time if you think they need water pour some through the top.......Josh......

The Question Asked... I am not sure how to attach my Two Pot Extension Kit to my Easy 2 Grow Kit. I have attached the t-connector to the 6mm pipe but I do not see how I can attach this to the Easy 2 Grow Kit without cutting it's 6mm pipe. Can you advise me please? - Posted by Derek Robertson

Josh's Answer... Hi Derek...It looks as if you have the old instructions...Please go to......Products....Downloads.....2Pot Extension Kit and the advice in the new instruction sheet is there....Josh....

The Question Asked... hello , I would like to buy some Aquabox but I Haven't find a dealer in France , even in the countries around. would it's possible to buy through your site and send that in France?? or rather ... Could you give me an address where I could buy it in the EU area. Best gaze. - Posted by Maloisel Erwan

Josh's Answer... Hi Maloisel......If you send a quick email to katie@autopot.co.uk she will be able to help you....Let her know how many you need and she will be able to let you know on the shipping cost. We do have distributors in France but they do not carry the AQUAbox as it it so new......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi, I was wondering if you could help me out.....I have a grow space that measures; 56" x 56" x 78.75" and I am VERY interested in your 1 pot system...I was thinking for this amount of space, could I fit 6-9 one pot systems in there...with adequate spacing...Also, can you give me the price for 6-9 1 pot kits with tank in USD...any distributors in S.E. U.S?? ie; Fla./Ga.?? Thanks - Posted by Kyle

Josh's Answer... Hi Kyle.....5-6 1Pot Systems will be ample......the plants will grow big and will fill this space easily after 2 months of growth.....have you tried to contact hydrodynamics or future garden.....they both supply to the public....their details can be found in the outlests section of our site and by simply clicking on the company logo......any problems or if you need further help please let me know.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... i have just setup my autopot system using aquavalve it seems to have filled the trays a third full of water is this meant to happen? another question for a 2 pot system am going away for 2 weeks will the water be ok it's a 47ltr tank thanks gary baker - Posted by gary baker

Josh's Answer... Hi Gary......Take a look at the 3D animation of the AQUAvalve....go to.....PRODUCTS.....3D ANIMATIONS and choose the AQUAvalve video.....When the 2Pot tray is full the level should be around 20mm or half way up the yellow collar.....make sure you have secured them to the tray correctly by securing them to the T section in the tray........If your plants are only small then 2 weeks will be plenty......If you are around for a few days keep an eye on the tank to see how much has been used before you go, this will give you an idea......basically when the plants are small they will drink very little but once bigger they will obviously consume more......there should be plenty for two week......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Dear Josh Is this company in Australia linked to your company? http://www.autopot.com.au/ Is states that Jim Fah founded the AutoPot system. Your brochure states that Jason Ralph-Smith invented the AutoPot. Please advise which is correct. Thanks. The Australian company has an exclusive distributor for their AutoPot product in Malaysia. Capillary AgroTech (Malaysia) http://www.autopot.com.my/ I see you guys have a distributor in Thailand. If we wanted to start a commercial venture in Malaysia using your products, would there be a problem with the company promoting the Australian version? Thanks Siva Phimister Aberdeen, Scotland - Posted by Siva Phimister

Josh's Answer... Hi Siva....We are not associated with the company in Australia. I will ask Jason to give you a call tomorrow, I believe you have left you phone number with the CD request.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh, What is the function of the AQUAvalve Silicones? When are they used? What is the difference between the 8.5ltr and 15ltr pots? For bell peppers and chillies, is the 8.5ltr pot sufficient? We are looking at this from a commercial point of view and your downloads are seem to use the 2-pot trays but does not indicate what size pots are being used. Thanks. Siva Phimister Aberdeen, Scotland - Posted by Siva Phimister

Josh's Answer... Hi Siva.....The AQUAvalve silicones are part of the AQUAvalve design, without these the product would not work....They are used all the time when the AQUAvalve is in use....Josh....

The Question Asked... how do i configure american prices on your products? - Posted by bruce

Josh's Answer... Hi Bruce......The online shop only services the UK and Northern Ireland. If you go to the website......Outlets.....Distributors....There are a few American companies.....HydroDynamics & Future Garden supply our products.......Josh..... If you need any further help on prices please contact mail@autopot.co.uk

The Question Asked... Hello Josh We would like to purchase the easy2grow Kit for testing the AutoPot, what is the weight of this package? Is it less or more than 2kgs? We are trying to figure the shipping costs for this setup. Thanks. - Posted by S Phimister

Josh's Answer... Hi again....the weight is around 4 kg, it will be cheaper if you intend to send to Malaysia to send it from Thailand, this can be easily aranged......Josh..

The Question Asked... hi josh i am thinking of buying a autopot system but have limited space for a water tank, are the dimensions correct for the 30L tank? and what are the dimensions of the larger 47L tank? - Posted by dean

Josh's Answer... Hi Dean...The dims for the tank can be found in the easy2grow Kit page....the height of the 47ltr tanks is 62cm....this is the link just scroll down the page......Josh.... http://www.autopot.co.uk/shop/browse?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=158&category_id=8

The Question Asked... Hi again and thanks for the response!!! I am a little confused....I found a web-site that sells your products in th= e U.S. BUT on their web-site it says this; "The auto pot single is a 1.93 g= allon square pot.....AND "The Auto pot dual is the same as the auto pot sin= gle except it is a two =0Aplant system. Both square containers are 1.93 gal= lon..... I know your site says the dual pots are 8.5ltr or 2gal and the single are 1= 5ltr or 3.5gal....BUT there site says the single pot and the dual are the S= AME size??? is this jus a typo?? BTW, can you tell me the depth of BOTH pot= s...nowhere on your site does it say how "deep" the pots are...just tryin t= o figure out how many I need for my space...wether it's the 2 pot system or= the single pot system......If I decide on the=A0 2 pot system, will 3 kits= ,(6 pots) do for my space or would I need 1 more...56" x 56" worth of floor= space under a 600HPS...Plants will get around 12"-20" wide....Oh, what is = a good soiless medium to use in your system?? FF Oceans forest/Light Warrio= r, ProMix=A0 BX or Sunshine Mix??? Thanks and awaiting responce....Kyle - Posted by Kyle

Josh's Answer... Hi Kyle......If you ring HydroDynamics or Future Garden, their details can be found in the outlets sevtion by clicking on either of their logos...they will be able to help more than I can.....These guys sell loads of them so just feel free to ask away.....If they are not sure or you need to check with me just let me know......Bye Josh.......

The Question Asked... dear josh firstly can i say WOW the Autopot system and the work you guys do has left me speechless all i can say is thumbs up guys brilliant work we are very interested in purchasing your easy2grow 4 pot kit but was wondering if it would be possible to swap the 8.5L pots for the 15L pots (but can i ask would the 47L reservoir be enough to supply 4x15L pots) thank you we look forward to hearing from you so we may do business if I'm honest all i want to do is try your system out but everything needs knowledge to succeed kind regards tony and sarah PS if you have any positions of work or support in the area of setting up new autopot greenhouses i would love to go on an autopot training course and take part in the autopot work that you do. - Posted by tony cook

Josh's Answer... Hi Tony & Sarah.......I believe Jason has spoken to you already......but thanks very much for the praise....it's much appreciated.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... what size air pump do i need to feed 8-9 air domes, thanks - Posted by richard

Josh's Answer... Hi Richard....If you go to the on-line shop in the website.....then air pumps...the Air pump 4 outlet or the air pump quad outlet will do the job....Josh......

The Question Asked... hi josh , i have four 'easy 2 grow' kits what size air pump is reccomended for this size set up?obviously i would rather have just the one air pump thankyou john sapcote - Posted by john sapcote

Josh's Answer... Hi John......If you go to the on-line shop......air pumps, if you click into each pump there is advice there on how many airdomes can be supplied from each tupe of pump we supply.....ANy problems just let me know.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh, Please tell me: - what type of tomatoes ar best suited for AutoPot systems (taste and yield)? - how many kilograms / plant could be harvested (just a range, I know that are many parameters involved) ? - I want to order some tomato seeds suitable for AutoPot systems on internet with delivery in Romania. Can you give me some links ? - I want to estimate the cost of fertilizer per tomato plant during 1 year of production. Do you know how can I do this thing ? Thank you, Gabriel Milos - Posted by Gabriel Milos

Josh's Answer... Hi Gabriel.....Any type of tomato can be easily grown in the AutoPot systems.....there are no restrictions at all, in fact any plant can be grown.....even cacti.....The variety depends on your market.....If you look at the videos at "Brill View Nurseries" on the home page you will see we are growing a medium red called "Sparta" and a cherry variety called "sungold". Without enviromental control you would expect to yeild around 15kg-25kg per sq meter....If you have enviromental control then the yeild increases quite dramatically to 50kg-80kg per sq meter, this is growing a medium red variety such as "Sparta". Obviously light levels dictate yeilds too.....continuous high light levels will increase yeilds but low light levels will reduce the expected quantity. Envroment is eveything.....tomatoes relish is temperatures of 70oc-75oc & 55-75% humidity 24 hours a day 365 days a year....If you can maintain these parameters then your results will be excellent......Moles seeds in the UK and Tozer seeds are two companies that we use they supply in bulk....howeevre you may have problems with them being shipped to you as you may need to speak to DEFRA....however as you are part of the EU you maybe OK.....you will need to check this first.....We generally buy on behalf of our clients and then ship to the client ourselves.....it avoids export problems..... Depending on the quantity of plants you intend to grow and the type of feed you plan on using will be a big factor......Commercially I would suggest that using powdered feed is the most cost effective option. Using liquid feeds on a large scale is not the way to go as in this format it is too expensive.....We generally supply our commercial growers with all the elements either by themselves with a formulation chart.....you then mix the powders together (A & B) to create your own formulation or you can purchase the powder already mixed up.....Let me know what you have in mind.....Cost wise over a 12 month period using powdered feed you would expect to spend approx £1.14/sq meter using AutoPot.....un to wate systems will increase this cost by around 40-50%.....Hope all this helps.......If you need any further help please let me know.....Josh......

The Question Asked... I've taken over a couple of autopots from a friend who moved,ready with soil and plants, but his airdomes seem to be blocked. I;m assuming that normally I should be able to blow into the tube that connects to the airdome, but in this case the airdome seems to be hermetically sealed under all the soil and roots. Do you know a solution to this problem? kind regards Ate - Posted by ate

Josh's Answer... Hi Ate, The AirDomes need cleaning or should I say they need removing from the pots and the pipe needs cleaning after each growing cycle.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... what is the latest discount code - Posted by richard

Josh's Answer... Hi Richard.......At present there is no discount code in effect. If you would like to call the office via the "contact us" page someone will be able to advise......Josh......

The Question Asked... Do you ship to the US and if so what are the rates? - Posted by john

Josh's Answer... Hi John......We have suppliers in the US.......please go to our website and then the outlets section......HydroDynamics or FutureGarden.......just click on their logos and you will bring up their websites.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Thank you, Josh, for the detailed answer. My plan is to order 1 Easy2Grow Kit + 2 x 2 Pot Extension Kit, which means a total of 6 pots. I will put them on a closed and heated balcony with southern exposure and under a HID light. This is for a better understanding of the system and if the things will gonna be all right, I want to start a 100 sqm greenhouse next year. But, till then there are many questions, some of them regarding output parameters: 1. How many pots / plants enter in 1 sqm ? If we take into consideration a 2Pot Tray Layout Detail, the surface occupied by 4 plants is about 0.6 m X 0.6 m = 0.036 sqm, close to 0.4 sqm. So, there are about 10 plants (5 X 2Pot Trays) on every sqm. It is enough space for plant development at this density ? 2. For 100sqm Commercial Layout (seen on pdf) and considering 2 trays wide rows of tomato (0.6 m width and 9 m long consisting of 30 x 2 Pot trays) with a walkway width (0,9 m), we can have 7 rows of 60 plants on each row = 420 plants. Taking a density of 10 plants / sqm, that means that we have 42 sqm of production space and 58 sqm of walkways. Considering an average production of 50 - 80 kg / sqm (you said 50 – 80 kg / sqm for red variety “Sparta” raised in excellent environmental conditions), we may expect a total yield between 2.100 and 3.300 kg per 100 sqm of greenhouse. Please tell me if I am wrong somewhere. Thank you, Gabriel - Posted by Gabriel M

Josh's Answer... Hi Gabriel.....Please take a look at the videos on the home page as it sounds like you intend to do what we have done this season in roughly the same area.....Your calculations seem right....Obviously light, temperature and humidity are the determining factors if these can or are all controlled then yeilds will be maximised....The density you sugggest is perfectly fine....once again take a look at the videos on the home page a "Brill View Nurseries"....these will answer most of your questions......Also what medium/soil mix do you intend to use.......what are your options......also waht feed do you intend to use....Josh...

The Question Asked... do i need to put a layer of drainage in the autopot, (clay pebbles) and also how does drainage fair when using an airdome? - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ryan.....If you are using a mix of good quality soil with perlite.....50/50 mix is good....there is no need to use pebbles.....BE VERY CAREFUL using pebbles in the bottom of the pot......ESPECIALLY "Hydroton".....they are very very alkaline and need balancing before you use them.....If balanced they are OK.......Using the AirDome will not alter the way the AQUAvalves function........hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... delivery times - Posted by john sapcote

Josh's Answer... Hi John......Delivey times are show on the site...go to the drop down via the on-line shop tab......7 working days are suggested, however at the moment it is generally within 3-4.....Josh....

The Question Asked... what is your privacy policy re subscribing to newsletter - I don't want my main e-mail address sold or used for marketing by other group companies or 3rd parties. - Posted by Paul

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul.....All our subscribers details are confidential and not passed to any other companies...Josh...

The Question Asked... Having used the autopot system for some veg this year I am now putting away for winter. The root control discs have lost their gold colour and are covered in roots. Do these need replacing or can I use them again? Also if I were to replace them can you please tell for for P&P the weight of the replacement root control discs (Square £4.80) and also the matrix discs (Square) £3.20. Aslo the easy 2 grow feed what is the weight of the 1litre, 5 litre and 20 litre containers. In repsect of the 20litre container is it easy to pour (can't see cap as on 5 litre illustration) for use in 47 litre containers. Thanks - Posted by Paul

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul....The gold colour and covering is still there.....it has just been oxidised while in the water......these discs can be re-used for around 2 seasons......however generally customers use new discs each year to ensure that all is clean and still offers maximum protection.....If you decide to use them again simply wash them in the sink or washing machine....personally I would replace each year.....Total P&P for the discs (I think) is £2.50......The weights of the feeds are the same as the litres.....1ltr=1kg...5ltr=5kg and so on......Pouring is best done into a jug first to make it easier to measure before pouring into your tank....any excess is simply poured back into the container....Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, was wondering what the dimensions of the single autopots are please. Thanks, James - Posted by James

Josh's Answer... Hi James.....Please use the following link this will take you to the 1Pot System with a 47ltr tank... http://www.autopot.co.uk/shop/browse?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=194&category_id=2 Josh

The Question Asked... have just cleaned easy 2 grow kit ready for next year. however the rootcontrol discs no longer have a gold surface can they be used again and if so how to tell which side up as both sides look the same. - Posted by charlie

Josh's Answer... Hi Charlie....The gold colour and covering is still there.....it has just been oxidised while in the water......these discs can be re-used for around 2 seasons......however generally customers use new discs each year to ensure that all is clean and still offers maximum protection.....If you decide to use them again simply wash them in the sink or washing machine....personally I would replace each year....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello, could you tell me please if the extension kit can come with the larger pots ? if so the cost please. Kind Regards Gareth - Posted by Gareth David Waters

Josh's Answer... Hi Gareth...That's no problem as all pots fit all trays....if you just call the office after 9 on monday someone will be able to take your order over the phone....Josh....

The Question Asked... hijosh! Iam planning to grow some Anaheim hot peppers in my 1 tray auto pots here in a few months during this winter in a indoors grow tent. What I would like to know if I use an dry organic fertilizer (Foxfarm Marine Cusine) do I mix the fertilizer right into the potting mix or apply it just like I would when planting up a earthbox? thx Josh - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom...... As Fox farm feeds are not really known to me as they are from the US.....Firstly I would make sure that the feed mixes with water.....ie dissolves properly......if it does then carry on and add the required amount per litre of water......If you are not sure have a chat with Fox farm and see what they say as there seems to be alot of people from the US using the AutoPot products with the Fox Farm products....as I have had a few questions regarding the same issue with fox farm products.....Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi there i live in Southafrica and am starting a hydroponics business online and off and would like to no how many auto pots ide have to order to lower 22 pounds? and with the exchange you can understand my reasoning.........thanx Andrew Goodill - Posted by andrew

Josh's Answer... Hi Andrew.....The prices for wholesalers overseas are much cheaper......as soon as you have launched your website please get back to us and someone from the office will speak to you....Once you are ready please contact barbara@autopot.co.uk.....Thanks for your interest....Josh

The Question Asked... Hi, Can I use 60% of organic soil (100% natural) with 40% of perlite? Organic soil composition: Organic matter: 56,3% total Nitrogen : 3,1% P2O5: 1,2% K2O: 2,8% MgO: 0,5% CaO: 7,3% Total Cu: 58 ppm Total Zn: 171 ppm Total Ni: 11 ppm Total :15 ppm Total Cd: 0,3 ppm total Pb: 38 ppm Total Hg: 3,1% Total S: < 30 ppm B: 24 ppm Can I user 60% of PEAT MOSS with 40% of perlite? Which is the best for autopot? Best regards, Grevagildo. - Posted by Grevagildo

Josh's Answer... Hi there...Grevagildo...... I personally would keep away from peat moss and use the organic soil...however you can always test the peat moss in one pot.......The mix you have suggested with perlite will work very well.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi again, Thanks for the reply to my question. About the "Liquid Plant Fertiliser": - Has Low or high "pH buffering capacity"? - Is Fully soluble? - Is for hard and soft water? - Is one or two-parts nutrient? Best regards, Gravagildo. - Posted by grevagildo

Josh's Answer... Hi Grevagildo.......You seem to be over complicating things for yourself......it is not necessary.... There are hundreds and thousands of feeds on the market that are suitable for AutoPot.....I would suggest calling HydroDynamics or Future Garden their details can be found in the "Outlets" section of the site and by clicking on their logos....As you are in the US I think they will be better positioned to advise on a simple feed to use that is available in the US.....Let me know what they say and I will advise accordingly.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Can you supply the pipe and T pieces to link 8 aquavalves to the water supply? - Posted by Frank Addis

Josh's Answer... Hi Frank.......All the pipe...fittings can be found in the on-line shop of the website......All can be bought there.....Alternatively you can always give us a call at the office and someone will help you over the phone.....If you need any advice on your set up please ask for Jason......Bye Josh....

The Question Asked... how often should i run airdomes for in a vegative state and also during flowering ? thanks - Posted by john sapcote

Josh's Answer... Hi John...... Firstly read the instructions making sure you are using a fluffy mix....go to PRODUCTS.....DOWNLOADS.....on the website......Personally I would first let the plant establish in the pot for up to 14 days......Once the plant is growing well and established you can turn on the AirDome/s......The AirDomes can be used in many ways.....1) by pulsing the pump during the light period....ie 30mins on 30mins off......or by having them on all the time......when it is dark turn the pump/s off......this applies throughout the complete cycle of the plants life.....Hope this helps......Josh.....

The Question Asked... replacements I was looking to buy parts for my Aquavalve system.I am unable to find the parts I was looking for on your site, please can you help. I require One main body and Four yellow collars for the aquavalve system. thanks AW. - Posted by A Wright

Josh's Answer... Hi A Wright.......The parts you require are not at present available on the on-line shop...However if you call the office tomorrow and ask for Barbara she will be able to send out what you need free of charge, just inform her that Josh has stated this......Do not in future over tighten the yellow collars....when you feel them grip STOP....this will prevent damage in future....Take a look at the 3D animation of the AQUAvalve......by going to Products 3D animations.....Hope this helps.....Bye Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi, Again about the "Liquid Plant Fertiliser", i just want to know if with this fertiliser, pH and EC maintenance will be required or I just have to put the recommended amount in any type of water (hard or soft). Best regards, Grevagildo. - Posted by Grevagildo

Josh's Answer... Hi Grevagildo....Yes that is correct.....just add the correct amount of feed to the amount of water in the tank, as suggested on the bottle.....once you have set the Ec and pH in the tank...that's it......use a nice mix of soil.....any further help pls let me know.....Josh......

The Question Asked... Greetings from New Zealand Are these units available in New Zealand? Thanks Clint - Posted by Clint

Josh's Answer... Hi Clint......Unfortunately at present we do not have a distributor in New Zealand.....we have sent private purchases in the past...If we can help further please let me know, we may be able to ship from Thailand as we have a distributor there....Josh.......

The Question Asked... Hi, Can I grow strawberries in the autopot? how many plants can I put? Is not very deep for strawberries? In the Autopot (15 L Pot) can grow peach trees, apple trees, lime trees, pear trees or any orchard tree? Best regards, Arlpower. - Posted by Grevagildo

Josh's Answer... Hi Grevagildo......You can grow anything with AutoPot...strawberries are not a problem, use a free draining medium, the correct feed, remember strawberries like a cooler temperature, if possible...... Any trees can be grown.....note that you may need to provide support as the wind once they get bigger can blow them over so support may need to be thought about.....HOpe this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... My base unit to an extension kit has split - I can find replacement pots on your site but not base units, are they available? Had a great crop this year even after 4weeks looking after themselves! - Posted by Andrew Tromans

Josh's Answer... Hi Andrew......I'm happy you had a good crop this year....Please go to.....ON-LINE SHOP.....BROWSE ON-LINE SHOP.....select....easy2grow Kits.....and scroll down and you will see the 2Pot tray.........Any problems finding it let me know... Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Do you have clear lids for your pots.? why not. - Posted by Reg Knight

Josh's Answer... Hi Reg.....we only have clear lids for the 15ltr pot, they do not quite fit on the green 8.5ltr pot......they are not shown on the on-line shop however. If you give us a call tomorrow we will be able to help.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... If I have an Easy2grow system with 2 x 2 trays ie 4 pots, would the 47lt tank be sufficient to water them for two weeks in the summer? Many thanks. - Posted by Nadia

Josh's Answer... Nadia, Depending on the plants.....chillies....no problem.....tomatoes....cucumbers you might need to ask someone to top up the tank.....It also depends how big your plants are and how hot the days are.......I would suggest that you fill a couple of buckets with the pre-mixed water and feed and then ask a kind neighbour to simply pour the water and feed into the tank.......you may be OK but as I said it all depends on plant type, size of the plants and the weather conditions.....Hope this Helps Josh....

The Question Asked... what kind of grow medium can be used with this system hydroton? - Posted by mike

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike....Hydroton........try not to use this medium.....it is very alkaline and not suitable....unless it is allowed to soak in pH water 4.5 for 3-4 days so that the pebbles become balanced......Unfortunately 90% of the store owners in the UK are not aware of how awful Hydroton pebbles are to grow with. I would suggest a mix of coco or soil with 50% perlite.....make your mix nice and fluffy...loads of air and capillary action.....Hope this helps.....Josh....

The Question Asked... whats the recommended air flow for air domes in 8ltr pots - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ryan....No need to over complicate things....Just use the correct size pump for the amount of AirDomes being used... If you go into the Air Pumps section of the on-line shop and click on each pump the advise on how many each pump will feed is there.....Josh....

The Question Asked... do you sell the air dome to the united states? if not do you know of anyone who sells them in the us? thanks - Posted by mark

Josh's Answer... Hi Mark.....Please contact Future garden in New York...they supply them....if you go to the outlets section and scroll down a little you will see their logo....just click on it and it will take you to their website......Bye Josh....

The Question Asked... just watched your brill view videoes. it appears the fitting from the nutrient line to the aqua valve is a + type fitting. is that correct or are they T type fittings close together. got some GREAT ideas from the videoes and will quadruple our growing systems soon. thanks ever so much bruce savannah georgia - Posted by bruce mccartney

Josh's Answer... I have heard that you have been chatting to Jason......Any questions please fire them over...either of us will be able to answer them....to view this fitting go to on-line shop....fittings...16mm-6mm cross connector....Josh....

The Question Asked... Im using a 50/50 coco perlite mix and thinking about using canna nutrients but alittle confused as to wich one to use aqua vega/aqua flores or their coco product. Can you help? just ordered some air domes from homeharvest.cant wait to try them.Love My autopots! Sincerly Robin - Posted by Robin

Josh's Answer... Hi Robin......Generally canna feeds work very well with our products.....have a chat with home harvest....to see what they say....I would suggest using the dedicated coco feed......Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, The autopot pots are made of what type of material? Best regards, Grevagildo - Posted by Grevagildo

Josh's Answer... Hi Grevagildo.....Sorry missed your previous message...The pots are made from Polypropelene....Josh

The Question Asked... dear Josh : I want to plant tomatoes, eggplantWhat...,what matrix common is used in currently?Compost,cooc,pearlite an so on ? How ratio? Thankyou! - Posted by autopot easy2grow

Josh's Answer... Hello there......All the information is available on the site.....best mix to use is as follows.....50% Good quality soil mixed with 50% perlite....or.....50% coco (clean coco) mixed with 50% perlite....lots of air pockets in the soil and for the roots to thrive....nice and fluffy is the key to success.....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi can you tell me if the ghe biofiltre can be used with autopots and if it is beneficial please? I'm using ghe bio sevia nutrients which are fully organic and just use an airpump (which ghe said would be ok) atm but there is a fair bit of residue in the water. I'm not sure if the biofiltre will work with autopots or if it designed for their hydro systems. Thanks, Andy - Posted by Andy

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy.......Organic feeds in any systems that have pipes is always a problem....this is why they are not used commercially as they block pipes easily.....As for the GHE feeds (organic ones) I am not too sure......If you do use them I would suggest you clean the filter and check the AQUAvalve nozzel more frequently.....Also I would not suggest using an air pump but instead use a simple pump to move the water around in the tank.....quite often using an air stone in the tank can cause the pH to rise generally to ph7......hope this helps.....let me know how you get on as I would be interested to hear......Josh......

The Question Asked... can you ship to south africa? - Posted by simon Loxton

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon....Yes we can ship to SA........but we have a distributor in SA.....please go to the outlest section and click on the SA growshop logo....this will take you to their site......any further problems.....just let me know.....Josh...

The Question Asked... what ec reading am i looking for in the header tank, thanks. - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ryan......When the plants are small around 12-14 Ec when they become established...after a couple of weeks crank it up to 18-20....pH needs to be around 5.6-5.8.....Hope this helps.....Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh, its ryan again. I bought an ec meter and read my water today at 2.2 (which seems very low compared to you're advise) the plants are doing very well though (3 weeks into flowering period ) . i've been using miracle gro water soluble plant fertilizer. any ideas / suggestions, thanks again. ryan. - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ryan......2.2 is the same as 22.....if your plants look good then all is OK......don't panic....loads of Ec pens read things in different ways.....Josh......

The Question Asked... I've heard that you can get weights for the aquavalve. Do you know where I can get them? Regards Nev - Posted by Nev

Josh's Answer... Hi Nev.....We don't supply weights for the AQUAvalve.....However you can use up to 10 grammes. If you remove the circular discs on the top float you can place a 5 gram weight in the cylinder...this will increase the flood height to around 25mm......if you place another 5 gramm weight in the other cylinder you will create a flood level to approx 30-35mm. Personally I would just leave the AQUAvalve as it is as less water more often is much better for the plants.....Weights you can use are simply 1pence coins or similar....Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh can you supply just the base section for the 1 pot autosystem as i have the vavle and plant pot, my double base was broken/cracked in the post thanks mike - Posted by mike

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike......I have been told Barbara has already spoken to you....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi josh i have a question i have a one autopot setup as far as i know it's all done right followed intructions. now my problems the autopot is not drining fully before refilling ??? :( & the roots keep trying to attac the autovalve i have to keep turning the pot and i guess that is not goot for my plant. please help or advice thankyou - Posted by Tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom......Please go to the following section....Products....3D animations.....AutoPot AQUAvalve animation.....this will explain how to pre-set your AQUAvalve....all you need to do is make sure the yellow silicon in the top float sits on the hole on the main body....creating a good seal.........Roots will sometimes escape and get past the RCD.....Root Control Disc......don't panic.......simply either lift the pots and push them away......personally I lift the pot and cut them off......this will not damage your plant or affect it in any way......make sure all the roots are removed and not left floating around the tray......Josh.....

The Question Asked... can you ship to india? - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Dear Smanjit.....We ship all round the world....India will not be a problem.....Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh, if constructing my own table to flood with the valve, should you use 2 valves, on say a bigger table (2x4 foot ) to flood the table faster, should I use more then one valve no matter the size I'm flooding? or could the valves "compete" with each other? is there for say a guideline as to how big a tray can be for 1 aquavalve ? I am wanting to make my own 2x2 tray and a 2x4 tray. any clarification would be great brandon - Posted by brandon

Josh's Answer... Hi Brandon......One AQUAvalve will be fine for up to 1 sq meter.. If you have any sketches email them to us so that we can offer further advice......just so that you get your design right before you start growing.....you will also need to use an AQUAvalve cover and a small weight on top of the AQUAvalve cover to hold it all down.....if you don't use the cover the AQUAvalve will float as the water floods the tray.......Josh....

The Question Asked... can i use clay pebbles as medium only and airdome in autopots? - Posted by paul

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul.......Clay pebbles are not suitable for the AutoPot watering systems.......Keep away from the Hydroton pebbles as they are very alkaline.......and are in reality a building material used in Sweden, Finland etc......For excellent results use coco or soil mixed with perlite.....therefore 50% coco or soil with 50% perlite.......If you decide to use pebbles instead of perlite make sure you use a stable pebble....there are lots more available........Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, In easy2grow Extension Kit,what is the material that is made the Extension Kit, the 1,5 m of pipe and the 1x 6mm Tee? What is the material that is made this products: 16mm to 6mm X connector 16mm in-line filter Best regards, Grevagildo. - Posted by Grevagildo

Josh's Answer... Hi there........Everything except the 6mm pipe is made from poly proplene...PP for short.....I'm not sure about the pipe as it is a special design for AutoPot.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi i have heard that the 8.5 litre pots and the 15 litre pots are the same is diameter so all fit each others trays so to speak and the only differance is that the 15 litre pots are taller can you verify this. - Posted by peter evans

Josh's Answer... Hi Peter......You have heard correctly.....both pots are designed to fit both the 1Pot tray and the 2Pot tray....Josh......

The Question Asked... Does the temp of the water in the header tank matter?? do i not need to check the ph/cf of the header tank if i use soil as my growing medium, and your fertilizer?? is it possible to use this sys like a hydroponics sys, with rockwool and pebbles as the rooting medium, then make sure the header tank is set to the correct ph,cf & temp. for feeding?? - Posted by graham

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham.....Ideal water temp is around 18-21oc.......set the pH and Ec in your tank as normal.........this will the dependant on the age of the plant.......if you are using soil with feed in it....then just use pH balanced water for a week or so......then add the required amout of feed....... Of course.........if you want to use rockwool and pebbles....(half & half).....keep away from Hydroton pebbles.......they are very very alkaline.....use a pebble that is pH stable........Josh....

The Question Asked... Can you ship to Maldives? If so, what would be the rate and how would be the payment method? Thanks Amir - Posted by Amir

Josh's Answer... Hi Amir..........We can ship to the Maldives....however you may well be able to get what you require from the distributor in the Maldives........Please email the company at mail@autopot.co.uk and we will look at your request.....Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh i want to use airdomes in my 24 autopot system , i currently have a 4 outlet air pump will that be suffice ? Also what medium would you use ? - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi there.......Personally I would use a V60 as shown on the website......supply the air using standard hosepipe....reducing the pipe to 6mm at each AirDome....using the 16mm-6mm cross connectors seen in the fittings section of the website.......for best results using the AirDome use a medium that is nice and "fluffy"......such as soil mixed with perlite...half & half....or coco and perlite.........or rockwool cubes mixed with pebbles.....keep away from Hydroton pebbles.....they are very alkaline.........if you would like to suggest a substrate that you intend to use let me know and I will offer my advice.....also for the instructions go to Products.....Downloads....AirDome instructions.....Hope this helps.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, can you please explain how to measure my light source intensity i.e. the lumens coming from a 600watt bulb?? so far it appears they sell the lamps with a lumen value i.e. 600watt bulb has a 90,000 lumen value & a 400watt around 40,000, but I cannot find a meter which measures in lumens? only lux and or footcandles, with all sorts of strange american formula for converting these units!!! (radiance or iniiuminance or something) surley someone can explain this easily or tell me where i get a lumen meter......thanks..... - Posted by graham

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham.....Unfortunately.....this is not my area of expertise.....questions about AutoPot and I am fine........lumen output of bulbs I'm afraid to say is not my area......try contacting a bulb manufacture they should be able to advise.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi there, Josh. Had a successful first season with autopots and an autobox. Can I re-use the felt pads from the bottom of the pots and the copper mats also or must they both be renewed? Gavin - Posted by gavin

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin........It is not necessary to re-place....although most people do...to ensure clenliness and to provide optimal root protection. If you decide to re-use them simply put them in the sink or in the washing machine...The capillary matting for the AQUAbox will however need replacing....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, We are commercial farmers having 20000 SQM under greenhouse. WE plan to have your hydroponic system for trials over about 5000 SQM. We have certain apprehensions which need to be cleared before going ahead. These are: 1. There is one more company based in Australia selling a similar product. Please clarify if they are your dealers or they are different company. 2. From your website, it seems that your system is more suitable for HOME GROWERS, as compared to commercial growers. Please clarify. 3. Can you please give references of some of your Commercial Growers using your system 4. What are the crops (commercial scale) which produces best results under your Pot system. 5. Please provide some YIELD data for crops tested by you under your system. (In any part of world) 6. Please advice the bulk discount that you can offer (for 5000 SQm of greenhouse). Please do quote the price of nutrient also. An early response shall be appreciated. Please revert on my mail ID. Regards Hilnik - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi Hilnik....I have passed your message over to Jason the owner of the company...He will reply to you in the next 24 hrs.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh some of the trays in my auto pot system are filling up so much that i m sure they are over flowing and flooding my garden there does nt seem to be any leaks anywhere else so it must be that.please help - Posted by sam may

Josh's Answer... Hi Sam.....There are only a few ways that the AQUAvalve can flood.....1) Roots are tangled up in it.....2) You have not connected the AQUAvalve to the trays correctly....look at the 3D animations on the website.....3) The yellow silicone fitted in the bottom float is missing.......Please check all these first....If the problem still continues please call the office and someone will be able to solve your problem over the phone....Josh

The Question Asked... hi ive recently setup the 2 pot auto pot system but noticed the aquavalve is only letting 10mm of water in each tray. how can i adjust the valve to let 20 - 30 mm in the tray? thanks - Posted by kenzie

Josh's Answer... Hi Kenzie.....Have you looked at the 3D animations...go to Products.....3D animations...the AQUAvalve animation is in this section along with others to view.....Also just in case......also go to the Downloads section....Products....Downloads....and look at the instructions for the 2Pot Extension Kit...there is information here too......The water when full in the tray should reach approximately half way on the yellow nozzel.......if you have any further problems just let me know.......In the meantime have a lovely Christmas and New Year......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh. I have been trying to order an easy 2 grow irrigation kit and 2 extra pots as per your online shop. I received an email specifying that if i bought anything over £30 i woulod receive free delivery and a free 1 Ltr bottleof liquid fertiliser but when iI buy these items the Bill includes the fertiliser. Any advice please Regards Ken Founde - Posted by ken founde

Josh's Answer... Hi Ken.....Don't order the feed it will be added our end.....Josh

The Question Asked... Josh, I have continued to add to my system and now have 32 pot system - 64pots running off 220 litre tank. I now have to refill too frequently in summer. I'm planning to add either another 220 litre tank or 350 litre. What is the diameter of the 350 litre and what does it stand on. (I have a space issues) Any thoughts on total tank capacity for 64 pots?. I may decide to fit auto filling but this more difficult to dose the the liquid feed. - Posted by Rob Hook

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert.....The diameter of the 350ltr is around 900mm but does not have a stand as the weight (350 kg) is too much for a stand. A little info that might help....during the trials at Brill View Nurseries this year our tomato plants and chillies were consuming between 1-1.5 litres of water & feed per plant per day.....obviously in the early part of the season they were drinking much less......I hope this helps......If you need any more help just drop me a message......In the meantime have a lovely Christmas & New Year......Josh

The Question Asked... Hey Little Josh, what measuring stick are you using! Your 220 litre is 105cm high and 70cm diameter, whereas your catalogue tells me it is 95cm high and 188cm diameter!!. Correction needed here Re my question on the 350 litre your catalogue tells me it is 120cm high and you told me the diameter is 90cm. These sound about right scaling up my measurement of the 220 litre but could you please check and then for the benefit of others I suggest putting the correct data and also plant liquid usage in the catalogue. Have a great Christmas Cheers, Rob - Posted by Robert Hook

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert.....Please accept my apology...I was incorrect...all the details provided on the website concerning sizes are correct....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi ! How can I put something in my Cart, sorry but I cant find out how to order ! Regards Kurt - Posted by Kurt Paulsson

Josh's Answer... Hi Kurt.....If you are haveing problems ordering on-line please call the office after 9.00am on the 4th as this is when we re-open...Someone will be able to take your order over the phone..In the meantime have a great NY.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh. I read some time ago in one of your answers that you considered the autobox system to be better than the autopots. Why do you think so?Is it cos auobox can handle more plants/sq.m with only one autovalve or is there possibly some other reason?? Also what is progress on new system reported on while back now?? Grwing withoutany medium/soil hydroponically presumably? Sounds like some kind of deep water system Thanks, Vernon. - Posted by Vernon Martin

Josh's Answer... Hi Vernon.....The AQUAbox is used in a different way to the tray systems.....Please view the 3D animations and you will see that the new AQUAbox Spyder is designed to be used directly in the ground....offering a different option to growers......You now have the choice of either using the pot systems or a direct soil irrigtion method.....The soiless design that you have also mentioned has at present been placed on hold as we felt that we could not give it enough time at present to fine tune it......Once we are ready to look at it we will let everyone know.......

The Question Asked... hi josh,im looking at giving auto pots ago as theyve been recommended to me,can you give me a price for a full 12 pot set up as i dont know what bits i would need,cheers - Posted by david

Josh's Answer... HI David.......If you go to the On-line Shop in either the 1Pot Kits or the easy2grow Kits the prices are there for you to see....If you are still not sure please call the office on the 4th as this is when we re-open.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Can you send me a new brochure for 2011 by post. My laptop has a dongle and the download time would be too long. 54 Holland Copse, Pathfinder Village, EX6 6DB I want to grew pimento peppers/ tomatoes in a poly tunnel in the allotment and your system will help with the watering. Thanks James Gower - Posted by James Gower

Josh's Answer... Hi James....A brochure has been sent to you.....Please drop me a line to let me know that you received it OK....Josh

The Question Asked... very interested in your products,can you ship in philippines?do you accept paypal? - Posted by Joel

Josh's Answer... Hi Joel.....I have been told you are speaking to the people in Thailand....any problems please let me know....Josh...

The Question Asked... Greetings, The brochure wouldn't download. Would you please email it to me? Also, the complete autopot price list for delivery to Miami, Florida would be nice too. Thank You, John Thorp - Posted by John Thorp

Josh's Answer... Hi John.....We have just tried to look at the brochure on-line there seems to be no problems......We also tried to send you an email but it bounced back to the address. If you would kindly forward over your complete address we can of course send a brochure......Josh.....

The Question Asked... can u supply the 3 pot kit with the 8.5 litre poys - Posted by john

Josh's Answer... Hi John......No problem....if you give the office a quick call someone will be able to advise you on the cost differance.....Josh... All the contact numbers are on the website....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I received an email from Ebby of autopot thailand, he referred me here because there are items that he does not have. Would like to order to your website but unfortunately autopot uk only ships in uk. If you could ship to this address: Forex Cargo UK FAO: Isaac Joel Federizo 23 Fairdale Gardens, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 3JA Inform me if is okay to ship to this address. Forex Cargo is well trusted here in the Philippines in forwarding stuff from abroad. How about payment?do you accept visa?paypal? Here is the list that I want to order; >2pcs 6mm Top Hat Grommet > 1 6mm cross connectors (10-Pack) > 50m 6mm Pipe > 2pc 6mm in-line taps > 1 6mm straight connectors (10-Pack) > 1 6mm End stops (Strip of 10) > 1pc 6mm filter > 1 6mm Tees (10-Pack) Many Thanks Joel - Posted by Joel

Josh's Answer... Hi Joel...I believe Ebby is speaking with you as he now has all the items you need. If you need any technical help just drop me a line....Josh...

The Question Asked... What E.C should my reservoir be at? as on my nutrient info it says for flood & drain systems 2.0 E.C. yet I'm growing in soil and for soil it states 1.5 E.C Is Autopot classed as Flood & Drain? - Posted by Nev

Josh's Answer... Hi Nev......early part.....using soil....you can just use pH balanced water for the first two-three weeks....there will be enough feed in the soil to last this time.....then add feed to the pH water......I would suggest 1.8-2.2Ec...this will be fine.......I would also add around 40% perlite to the soil this will make root growth more vigerous......Josh....

The Question Asked... I just purchased a kit from a local store in seattle, after checking out your video on set up Ive noticed the my kit did not include the water filter fitting for the tank..? will the store have a filter or is there a standard filter that I can purchase at a grow store or hardware store? - Posted by Joshua

Josh's Answer... Hi Josh......You should have a 6mm Golf filter with your easy2grow Kit....ask them for it or get them to contact HydroDynamis....in the contact section....they will have them as they are the master distributors......Any problems please get back to me.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hey Josh, I have a 4 pot system with 11 litre pots. I am using airdomes with these pots. How do I know when the plants root system has reached the bottom of the pot so I can switch from manual to automatic watering? I would imagine that the black lining in the bottom of the pot would prevent me from seeing the roots. When the roots do reach the bottom of the pot is it safe to turn on the airdomes or should I wait longer until the roots have fully engulfed the dome? rgds gavin - Posted by gavin o' brien

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin......When your plant is around 6-10 inches tall turn the system on....AirDomes can also be turned on at this time......Height of the plant generally determins the depth of the root system.....Josh...

The Question Asked... hi again,im wanting to try only 'hydroton pebbles' in a couple of my aquapot 'easy2grow' sytems ,i will be using airdomes in the pots ,im aware that i need to soak them thoroughly and address any 'ph' levels prior but will the pebbles have to be watered from the top also?which will defeat the object of the aquavalve is a 'pebble only' set up for systems that drip/flood -thanks -john. - Posted by john sapcote

Josh's Answer... Hi John.......Personally I would not use pebbles by themselves.....there is not a great deal of capillary lift with pebbles.....try adding around 20% perlite with the pebbles.....this will do the trick......Also I'm glad you know about "Hydroton".....soak at 4.5pH for around 3-4 days......I know it sounds a long time but trust me these pebbles are very alkline......not designed for horticulture.....but if you treat them correctly you will be OK...Plant up water through.....make sure the outside & bottom of the pot are clean and free from perlite and then put in the tray......using this type of medium you can turn the system on straight away....loads of air and the addition of the perlite will drag the moisture higher up the pot......hope this helps.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Are the 30ltr autopot resevoirs pre-drilled for the top hat grommet? Cheers, Simon - Posted by Simon Latham

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon........Yes the 30ltr tank is supplied with a pre-drilled hole and 6mm top hat grommet....Josh....

The Question Asked... Greetings, Are you the mfg. of the "autopot"? The outlets in my area I have checked with are not fully in tune in prmoting the "autopot" making it a bit of a struggle to get going with it. What kind of effort does it take to become an "autopot" dealer? Or at least minimally buy factory direct for whatever savings would come into place? Thank You, John Thorp - Posted by John Thorp

Josh's Answer... Hi John......Can you send an email to mail@autopot.co.uk.....explaining where you are he will then be able to talk to you....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi John could you possibly know the exact dimensions of :- 15ltr pot 8.5ltr pot as i have a size contraint thanks hmmm - Posted by hmmmm

Josh's Answer... Hello.. 8.5 ltr height 20cm & 24.5 wide at top 15 ltr height 30cm & 26 cm wide at the top Hope this helps .......Josh.......

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, How would you go about installing a tap on the 47L res? Im interested in the added pressure and filter which can be incorporated on the tap. What would be the drill size for the fitting? - Posted by Sandra

Josh's Answer... Hi Jake.......I don't really understand the question.......Could you provide a more detailed answer......I will be able to help much better........Cheers Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh.i hav fast growing plants in my 8.5 litre autopot system.i hav been using 50 percent perlite and 50 percent general purpose compost.hand watering for the first 2 weeks .this is my second grow with them and the second time ive had rootrot with them.im not using an air stone or anything like that,just the basic 6 pot system with chemical fertilizer.is there anything i can do or add to stop the rootrot.thanks - Posted by ian

Josh's Answer... Hi Ian...... First thing first.....have you made sure that you have pre-set the AQUAvalve .....go to the website....products...downloads....the 1Pot system instructions and the AQUAvalve animation.....products..3D animations......AQUAvalve......you can also use the mix you are using......BUT add an inch or so (25-35mm) of perlite in the bottom of the pot....or pH balanced pebbles......Also check that your enviroment is good......this will cause root root.......I can 100% assure you have if all is correct the AutoPot products will not create root rot in the plant.....If you need my help further just let me know......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Am looking to replace the pads / copper mats from the bottom of the easy grow kits. Where can I get them from? Have used this system for the last two years. Other than abit of blossom end rot on a few of my tomatoes, I have had great success. Love it! Many thanks in advance for your help. Regards Helen. - Posted by Helen

Josh's Answer... Hi Helen......For the discs...please gp the the on-line shop of the website....as for blossom end root........make sure you have pre-set your AQUAvalve and if you haven't already add a % of perlite to your compost.....Have a look at all the info in the website....this will help....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, How would you go about installing a tap on the 47L res? Im interested in the added pressure and filter which can be incorporated on the tap. What would be the drill size for the fitting? - Posted by Sandra Hi Jake.......I don't really understand the question.......Could you provide a more detailed answer......I will be able to help much better........Cheers Josh..... ============================================== Hi josh, sorry I may not have been very clear-I would like to put these add ons for my 47L res. Is it possible? https://www.autopot.co.uk/shop/browse?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=172&category_id=13 https://www.autopot.co.uk/shop/browse?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=171&category_id=13 Many thanks Sandra - Posted by Sandra

Josh's Answer... Hi Sandra.....Very simple.......drill a 10mm hole near the bottom of the tank in question...insert a grommet (6mm top hat grommet) and then inset the 6mm golf filter inside the tank once you have pushed the pipe through....all the items are in the on-line shop...or you can call the office to order the parts....hope this helps....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Is there a way to use the Easy2Grow for seed starting or growing garden transplants? I have considered putting nine 3" x 3" or four 5" x 5" seedling containers in one side of the Easy2Grow dual tray system. - Posted by Matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt.....Personally this is not the way to go......plants should be brought along....by this I mean ...started in a small pot......increasing the the pot size as the root mass fills the existing pot......once you have filled a 4" pot then the plant can be placed in the AutoPot pot....this is standard horticultural pratice.....however......you can also plant straight into the AutoPot pot you just need to make sure you make the plant work for it's water and feed....try both methods.......if you decide to do this....just water the plants through in the AutoPot pot and don't turn the system on for 2-3 weeks....see which looks best....if you have a great deal of horticultural knowledge you will be fine......any other questions just let me know....Josh...

The Question Asked... How much higher than the trays should the main water butt stand? Thanks - Posted by barbara

Josh's Answer... Hi Barbara.......a minimum of 150mm or 6" will suffice....but the higher the better.......quick note when the tank has a third letf of the solution fill it up again.......Bye Josh.......

The Question Asked... Purchased my first Easy2Grow system today. We will soon have determinate (bush) tomato plants available that are 40 to 60 cm high and growing in nursery pots that are about the same size as the 8.5 liter AutoPots. How would you suggest repotting these in my AutoPots? The nursery appears to be using a standard horticultural mix with peat, perlite, vermiculite, etc. It is not as 'fluffy', as the 50% perlite / 50% coir or 70% perlite / 30% coir mixes suggested for the AutoPots. - Posted by Matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt.....Two options...either start the small plants in the AutoPot pots or will the pots fit in the tray.....or you can re-pot by gently removing some of the soil...thus giving you a little more space in the AutoPot pot.... As for the mix on the nursery......it seems quite nice.....tomatoes are very hungry so the mix being used should be OK.......you can if you like put around 1 inch of washed gravel or similar in the bottom of the pot first and then the plant this will help.......Hope this helps Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh My wife Sandy had an hour long chat with you afew weeks ago (re Thai food growing/eating etc !). We would now like to order a kit for a 10x6 Greenhouse £345 + 5 litres of feed. We also wanted to try the air dome, should we just go 4 or go the whole way & try 10 + pump. Do the pumps run 24/7 ? Is ther anything else we need as it would benefit all to get it in one go ? Thanks Chris & Sandy Barker (Rutland) - Posted by Chris Barker

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris......I remember the chat....As for the AirDomes it really is up to you, you can try a few but buy a V60 pump so that you can easily add on next year if you want to. The instructions for the AiDome and all the other systems are here......Products....Downloads....I am overseas until Monday so if you give me a call at the office after 9 I can run you through all you need and the do's and don'ts....Bye Josh

The Question Asked... hi josh.im having problems with rootrot with my fast growing plants.im using 50-50 perlite and multipurpose compost,with an inch of perlite in the bottom of the pots.the auqua valve is working fine.i hand water for the first 2 to 3 weeks then turn the system on.the plants drink loads of water for the first couple of weeks then they slow down with the water uptake and the leaves start to discolour as the rootrot sets in.the room in which im growing is 75 to 80 farenheit and the waterbutt is inside the room.do you think that the warm water will be causing the rootrot?.i would also like to ask do i use the same strength nutrient in the butt as i would use if i was watering with a watering can.thanks - Posted by ian

Josh's Answer... Hi Ian.......sorry for the delay......Yes this will be your problem.....having the water butt in the growing area...your water is much too warm......remove it so that it is not inside the growing area....yes use the same strength in the tank........to a max of 2.0 Ec once the plants have established......Josh..

The Question Asked... i am using 20 liter air pot so the water runs out the pot and i am thinkin about using the air dome i have bought them already i will us half soil half perlite they dont ned to b under water do they. and the other thing is when i put them together and turn the pump on i didnt seem like any air was gettin out the blue tubes and the pump sounds like th air is gettin blocked up. - Posted by abi unett

Josh's Answer... Hi Abi......Unless you are using the AirPots in a tray with water in them then you will not really benefit from the AirDome.....the mix is correct but I think you will dry out the medium too fast......have you streached the blue bubble pipe to ensure there are holes???

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I apologize if this question have been answered before, I tried to find the delivery details but I couldn't find it. Do you do delivery to Malaysia? if you do, how long does it take for the delivery? I am interested to buy the easy kit for my veggie farm to try out your system. I am a newbie in hydroponic farming or horticulture, and much more to learn, I am also looking for a system for germination, does your side provide that? I would like to build a similar green house like what you had in Thailand, it look beautiful. I have 2 acres of land, and would like to explore in using your system to ease of maintenance and higher yield in production. as well as saving my operation cost of course. Thanks. Sincerely, Hakim - Posted by Hakim

Josh's Answer... Hello Hakim.....It would be easier fro you to purchase from our distributor in Thailand..www.autopot.asia...Mr Ebby will be able to assist you.....Regards Josh

The Question Asked... Dear Josh, First of all sorry about my english, I have been using with success the autop kit for about 3 years with different substrates here in Spain, perlite and vermiculte mix, and coco and perlite mix, this last mix gave me better results. However i have deceided to switch to a diahydro mix with a 30% perlite added to lessen the total weight of the pots and in order to improve drainage, also I plan to break the diahydro pieces in little ones cause i feel that they are to big in origin. To feed the plants I decided to go to the organic route using the Biosevia GHE line, that as the manufacturer said is suitable for hydroponic use and doesnt leave residues as other biologic nutrient mixes do. I will put thricoderma and bacteries in the substrate mix and avoid clorinated water (althought obviously the clorhide will evaporate in the tank in a day or more). I suppose that I will not need a biofilter in the tank, cause this will not be a recirculated solution sistem (aquafarm type) and I think the diahydro-perlite mix will act same as a pure compost soil if is keept moist and with fungi and bacteries. So what do you think about this planning? Any tips about using this substrate and bioponic nutrients?. Also other question for you... I have read in other post that you said that using an aquarium pump in the tank reservoir often raise the ph of the solution, and is better to move the water with a submersible pump... Can you elaborate a little on that...? I prefer to use an aquarium pump cause if the tank goes dry,it is not a problem, but if i use a pump...when the tank is dry by accident or lack of planning ( I know that I must keep always 1/3 of the tank at least all times) the pump will burn... also in summer the pump(5 watts)may hot the water a little..... Also a little tip for gardeners. You can redistribute better the roots in the container using the cupper squares also in the interior sides of the pots, it will act as cupper chemical barriers (like spin-out product) and willl redirect the chemically pruned roots towards the center of the pot allowing better root development...incredible different grow pattern, when you see it in contrast with a normal pot. Air root pruning is nice, but in arid climates it provoques that the salts accumulate in substrate due to the evaporation... Thank you for your nice product, that have give me so much free time... I dont need to water every day anymore.... Ignacio - Posted by Ignacio

Josh's Answer... Hello Ignacio...Diatomite...nice medium...lots of natural silicone....we have used it in the past with great success.....never used perlite with it but I'm sure it will be fine.....there is no need to break up the pieces as the capillary action is good....just top feed for the first week to get the roots down.....As for organics......be careful.....as long as you are sure they will stay in solution then try them......BUT most even though the manufactures say they do...they don't......ask yourself why you NEVER see commercial tomato production using dripper lines and using organic feeds......because they always block the holes......so please be careful......as for additives......also once again try not to over complicate things....if you are keen on increasing yeilds.....simply keep to the coco/perlite mix....or use coco/pH stable pebbles with an AirDome in each pot.......much easier and a lot less hassel......If you are in Barcelona next week come and see us.....Bye Josh....Let me know if you need more help.....

The Question Asked... Being relatively new to AutoPots, I have a question regarding potting up 4 week old transplants in my AutoPots. Would it be okay to pot up transplants, which root along their stems like tomatoes and broccoli, sitting at the bottom of the AutoPots with their root balls directly on top of the 1 inch of gravel? Other transplants, which do not benefit from deeper planting would be put into AutoPots with the crown of these plants at surface level in AutoPots. Also, most of the instructional and observational videos on this site do not show the commercial AutoPots being filled to the top with media. Wouldn't I get better productivity from my main crops by completely filling up my AutoPots? I do have enough coir and perlite to even mound up the media in the 8.5 liter pots, as I am more focused on maximizing my returns on this year's AutoPot venture. And, are the holes on the sides of the tray designed for a support wire cage? If so, what style is recommended for peppers and eggplants? (i.e. square, round, stakes, etc.) - Posted by Matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt....Generally I would plant the majority of plants as you would traditionally in commonly used pots......as long as the root system is developed and you sink the plant deep enough so it will be supported by the substrate..this will be fine........commercially we don't fill the pots to the top....it's not necessary......we can grow in 3" of crushed hosehold brick if we so choose......the substrate in reality is just there for support....have half soil and half perlite is a very nice mix or soil and pebbles.....if you use these type of mixes there is no need for pebbles at the bottom of the pot.....but it will not hurt if you want to use them...pot up water through and then allow the plant to work for the feed in the pre-watered pot......after 2-3 weeks or once you are happy the plants are established then turn on the system.....setting the tank's Ec and pH to the required levels....the 6 holes on the trays are used to hold the small bamboo canes so you can make a simple wigwam.....this will supply early support for the plants.....fine for bushy plants......tomatoes.....I would suggest a simple (loose) loop around the base of the plant and then simply helta-skelta the stem up the string as it grows....same for cucumbers.......Hope this helps.....if you have any more questions .......just let me know.....Bye Josh...

The Question Asked... hi josh! I was wondering if you might know of a distrubutor in the states that carries that 16 mm to 6 mm hose fitting to connect the auto pots with? Iam having a very hard time of trying to find that plastic barbed fitting. Well thats it for now josh, and take care OH! I did see all of the videos that you made with all the vegetables growing in the auto pots and all i can say is WOWWWWWWWWWWWW! great job over their in england josh and again hope to hear from you soon later! Tom - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom...Have you tried HydroDynamics...or Future Garden......both in our outlets section......if not let me know and we can have some posted to you.....I also believe Future Garden are about to place an order so I will bring it up with them and get them to order some for future...Josh....

The Question Asked... can you please give me some advise on compost for our autopot we grow tomatoes but did not get a very good crop last year also do you mix wermasite with the compost - Posted by paul rigby

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul........Good quality compost from the Garden Centre......generally the 3 bags for £10 will be fine......keep away from John Innes...it's too heavy.....I'm afraid I've never heard of Wermasite......the best mix to use is half soil and half perlite.....information is in the brochure suggesting this mix......pot up water through...allow to drain.....use a hand brush to remove perlite and soil from the outside and bottom of the pot and then place in the tray......let the plants establish for 2-3 weeks and then turn on the system.......If you need to call the office please do so and ask for Jason....he will call you back and guide you through and ensure all is better this year.....Cheers Josh...take time to look through the videos...there is lots of information here.......

The Question Asked... hi josh i have just bought a v60 air pump will it be to powerfull for 25 pots or is it fine hope to here from you galvin - Posted by galvin brereton

Josh's Answer... Hi Galvin.....The V60 is fine.....you can never have enough air........make sure you come out of the pump with standard hosepipe and then drop down to 6mm pipe using our fittings at each AirDome.....You will need a 16mm straight connector to push on the front of the pump nozzel.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, im very interested in your products but i was wondering do you do a system for seedlings? - Posted by David

Josh's Answer... Hi David....Sorry we don't have a seedling system at the moment....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi, Are the 8.5 litre pots sufficient size for growing Toms in a greenhouse? Most Tom plants that I've seen have been growing in 15 Litre plus pots. 8.5 Litre seems quite a small area for such a vast amount of roots. - Posted by Bert

Josh's Answer... Hi Bert.....No problem.......In AutoPot the size of the pot does not restrict the size of the plant......if you have any doubt......go to the home page and scroll down to the brill view nurseries videos....look at the video in April and then go to September......the Tomato plants were over 16 ft tall by the time we cut them down......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh Please could you advise me on how to get the correct water levels in my autopots. It is a 6 pot system and is set on level ground but all the pots seem to full to different levels. 2 pots fill up to cover the entire yellow collar and another 2 only seem to take in approx 5mm of water. The aquavelves have been firmly pushed into the t-locators and the yellow silicone is positioned over the holes too. Any help would be appreciated Thank you - Posted by graham

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham.......Please remove the AQUAvalves.....blow through the nozzels to ensure that there are no blockages...you can also use a paper clip too......make sure all the silicones are firmly in place....you can use the flat end of a pencil to ensure this.....then set the silicone on the top float as in the instructions........go to Products...Downloads....to view.....if you are still experiencing problems let me know & I will get someone to call you....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi there, I have been comparing prices on autopot and other irrigation systems and was in the process of ordering from you when two questions arose that I cannot find an answer for. When I started to check with an order for a six pot system £74.95 reference is made to £12 (odd) tax, it's not added in on that page, is this to be added on later ? Secondly I can find no reference to delivery charges, I live in Norfolk in the UK, do these get added later. Sorry about this but I have an aversion to filling out all the details, credit card, etc and then an unexpected delivery or other charges are added. I can also be emailed on jayfaslett@aol.com Many thanks, Jay Aslett - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi Jay......All the information is added as you go along...tax and shipping......all before you need to commit to buy.....if you click on the on-line tab at the top of the site......the drop down will show you shipping & returns....the shipping costs are here for you referance......the order you require would be £8.95 off the top of my head......Cheers Josh...

The Question Asked... Josh, I am debating whether to line the bottom of my (2) autopots with a 1" layer of pea gravel or perlite. Per your recommendations that you've posted here, I will use as a base a mix of 70% compost and 30% perlite in the pots. You've warned others about potential pH issues involving the use of clay pebbles. I assume that if elect to use pea gravel that I should also take a pH reading first and make any adjustments if it's too far out of the neutral range. - Posted by Dale Komai

Josh's Answer... Hi Dale......Just be carful when using Hydroton pebbles as this brand is very alkaline, they need to be soaked in pH water of 4.5 for 3-4 days to stabalise the pH....there are brands that are pH stable...or alternatively you can use washed gravel from the garden centre.....it will create the same effect....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Would it be possible to use the straight system for permaculture beds using porus hose and how many units would be needed per sq metre ? Thanks Trish - Posted by Trish

Josh's Answer... Hi Trish......Could you drop a quick email to mail@autopot.co.uk including your contact number and I will ask someone to call you Thanks Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I'm just starting a new grow using a 5-6 year old Autopot system that hasn't been used for a few years - One quick question - The pads that go UNDER the pots are light/dark grey felt like material. (Not the perforated thinner pads that go IN the pots) Does it matter which way up these felt pads go? If so - Is it light grey up or dark grey up? Many thx - Posted by Rob

Josh's Answer... Hi Rob...It's the dark side up in the tray.....make sure you have nice new & clean 6mm pipe as the old pipe will be full of crusty old nutrient..Kind Regards Jason

The Question Asked... Thx for response - Have just gone in and swapped pads around (I had light side up) - Is OK as no water through system yet. To clean the 6mm pipes, I ran warm water through the entire (12 pot) system for 2 days. All looked good. Water started a shocking brown colour but soon cleared. With Water Valve MKII - Water was stopping roughly 1" up the side of every pot. That sound about right? - Posted by Rob

Josh's Answer... Hi Rob......Cool......Yep water should be no higher than 1" Cheers Josh

The Question Asked... hi josh, my tap water is giving me a ph7.5, my feed recommends 5.8 - 6.2 . does the water ph drop when adding feed? and what about when using a 50/50 soil/perlite fluffy mix the soil will have its own ph value which by this time will be unknown. what ph should i aim for in the tank???? - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ryan..... pH does drop....So set it in the tank at 5.8.....that will be fine...Josh

The Question Asked... Hi The instructions which came with my kit talks of using up to 1" of washed gravel before the growing medium. The instructions on the internet don't mention the gravel, just say to put the growing medium on the marix disc. Is this an update in instructions or doesn't it matter? I'll be using 50:50 general purpose peat based compost:pearlite. Thanks Ian - Posted by Ian Jones

Josh's Answer... Hi Ian.....It surprises me that still the old instructions are being sent out......But you are right.....you can put washed gravel at the bottom and then your mix of compost & perlite on top...or you can forget about the washed gravel......as long as the substrate is nice and fluffy all will be OK.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh! Me again in the states!....I was wondering if you could post me up some of those 16mm to 6mm cross connectors for me/ I just cannot find any one of those fittings here in the us at all. Josh!.....If so could you inform me how much for 20 of them and how i would go about paying for them? My adress here in the states is 158 myer avenue, Buckeye Lake, Ohio 43008-1513 and phone is 740-527-2290 And again thanks alot Josh for your time, man...... Take care and happy growing just an amazing product of those auto pots are, man!!!!! Hope to here back soon,,,take care Josh......Tom - Posted by thomas l miller

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom...I passed this to kate@autopot.co.uk....I think she has sent you an email already.....any further problems let me know....Josh..

The Question Asked... hi josh, can i still grow one plant in a twin autopot (one died), should i put an empty pot in the space as to stop the water getting sunlight, will the aquavalve still work with one pot in place? - Posted by ryan

Josh's Answer... It's fine.....one plant on it's own will be OK......how did the other dye????? You can always get another plant and re-pot the pot....Josh...

The Question Asked... can I use 100%fired clay pebbles in my auyopot? - Posted by walter

Josh's Answer... Hi Walter....Yes you can....However their is not a great deal of capillary lift in pebbles so you will only need to fill the pot to 3-4 inches deep......top water for the first week and then let them go....Be sure that the pebbles are pH stable as Hydroton are not...this brand are very alkaline......Personally I would use pebbles mixed with something else such as soil, coco, perlite.....But as long as you plant shallow and ensure the pebbles are pH stable you will be fine.....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi, I grew some toms in the 2 pot autopot system last year but the substrate seamed to be far to wet, I must confess that I did not put any washed gravel in the bottom of the pot. My question being what medium (Perlite gravel or nothing) should be used in the bottom of the pot for Soil (compost) and would the same medium apply for Coco? What ratio should Perlite be mixed for soil (compost)? What ratio should Perlite be mixed for Coco? Regards Bert. - Posted by Bert

Josh's Answer... Dear Bert.......Ideal mixes are as follows.....half & half.. Soil/Perlite Coco/perlite Pebbles/coco soil/pebbles Ensure if you use pebbles that they are pH stable....Rule of thumb with AutoPot is to ensure your substrate whatever you use is nice and "fluffy"....ie holds lots of air....hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I am looking to add some of your products to my small polytunnel. I was going to go for a 2-4 pots system along with a either the Aquabox straight or spyder for a small bed but I have just a few questions before I progress. 1 – The small bed is approximately .6x1.2m, would I be better suited with a spyder or straight Aquabox? The bed will be used for growing salad crops. 2 – Could the above bed be connected to the water container supplied with your 2 and 4 pot auotpot system? 3 – If using your nutrient solution, can the Auotpots system be used with a soiless medium such as coco husk? Thanks in advance, and really good website btw Ty - Posted by Tyler

Josh's Answer... Hi Tyler.....Thanks for the praise of the website....I would suggest that the AQUAbox straight will be fine for salad crops....As it is slightly wider at 0.6 I would cut the length of 1.2m capillary matting in half and then cut each strip along it's length...then you will have 4 strips that are 600mm long and 22.5mm wide.....this will allow you to fan out the fabric either side of the AQUAbox providing a better distribution under the soil...The easy2grow liquid feed is designed to be used with soil...this being said it also works very well with coco....just ensure you use good quality coco...you can if you like pre-soak the coco in a bucket of pH balanced water (5.6) and with the feed added this will then be soaked you in the coco and provide food to the plant straight away..... Yes the AQUAbox could be easily connected to the tank by using a 6mm Tee any where in the line......Hope this helps....If you need my help further please let me know or if you would like to chat some someone at AutoPot please give us a call...ask for Jason as he knows all there is to know.....Bye Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, Ok I understand about the potting ratio now thankyou, but are you suggesting no layer of washed gravel or perlite in the bottom of the pot? Regards Bert. - Posted by Bert

Josh's Answer... Hi Bert....With this kind of mix it is not necessary...but people often do add the washed gravel or perlite just for piece of mind.....why not try a few with and a few with out....to see if there is any differance in growth.....Hope this helps....Josh...

The Question Asked... josh As a member of the grow2eat community it says I am entitled to free delivery charges but I cannot find how to quote this in the checkout. I am very keen to try your products so every bit helps with the cost Martyn - Posted by Martyn elliot

Josh's Answer... Hi Martyn, If you give the office a call they will take your order over the phone...please advise them that you are from grow2eat and that you have spoken to me and they will not charge you for delivery....Josh..

The Question Asked... Is there a way to search through the "ask josh" questions ? I can't see a search option on the site and don't want to add duplicate questions if I can help it. cheers jamie - Posted by jamie glendinning

Josh's Answer... Hi Jamie....Just simply click on the number at the top of the page to select the page......

The Question Asked... Josh, To grow tomatoes organically, can I put organic pellets in the potting mix and put only water in the 47 litre container. Only water in the container would be to avoid the clogging of the filters etc. - Posted by Ray

Josh's Answer... Hi Ray......Perfect......orgnic feeds will block the pipe you are correct.....just ensure you have enough organic pellets to last the duration of the season......Let me know how you go I would be interested to see how you go through out the season.

The Question Asked... Hi Josh would I be ok with filling the bottom of pots with 1-2inch perlite and the rest with coco???? - Posted by leon blake

Josh's Answer... Yes that would be fine....personally I would use halk perlite and half coco as this is a very good mix....Josh...

The Question Asked... The yellow nuts to help secure the pipe onto the aqua valve have become brittle (due to UV light?) but the valve is fine. Do you sell replacement nuts? - Posted by Simon Ainsworth

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon....The yellow nuts only break if over tightend......when you feel if grip stop....If you call the office or email your address we will send you some free of charge....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hiya Josh Tell me please What diameter hole should I drill in my reservoir to accept your 6mm grommet / Top hat ? your 'one pot' systems are jest incredable and so versatile !! Best Regards Ray - Posted by ray

Josh's Answer... Hi Ray....Start off with a pilot hole...then use a 10mm drill bit....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I am having trouble with one of the valves on my system it keeps filling the tray. I have had it out cleaned all the holes etc, but to still no good any thoughts?. - Posted by Richard

Josh's Answer... Hi Richard.....1st ensure the yellow silicones are correctly in place....in the bottom float.....ensure the AQUAvalve is secured to the tray.....these are the ony two ways that if incorrect will lead to continued flooding.....have you also checked that you have not cracked the nozzel......if you have this will cause continued flooding.....Let me know how you go or call the office....Josh....

The Question Asked... I have tried the code "10 years" 5 times with no success. There must be a different way - Posted by David

Josh's Answer... Hi David.....All seems to be working.....have you got over £30 in your basket....Josh...Any problems please call the office and we will take the order over the phone.....Josh...

The Question Asked... I have made an order but when I put '10years' in the coupon section it keeps coming up code not regonised so how do I get my 10% off. - Posted by Stephen Henke

Josh's Answer... Hi Stephen.....All seems to be working......have you got £30 or over in your basket......it will not work if not.....any further problems please call the office.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Had good success with an easy2grow kit and tomatoes last year. Now have a 12x8 greenhouse and want to have 2 x 6 kits for tomatoes, peppers etc. I would like to use two 100 litre waterbutts for the water supply - they drain each side of the roof - but I'm wondering how I would manage to keep the concentration of liquid fertiliser correct if we have a rainy summer and the waterbutts suddenly get topped up. Is there a different way of feeding the plants, or do you have any other advice please. Many thanks, Maddy - Posted by Maddy

Josh's Answer... Hi Maddy.....You are correct.....having the water butts permanently connected and filling from the roof will dilute the feed.....there are a few options..... either you can isolate the incoming water once full...so that dilution does not happen....or you can use additional water butts to harvest the water...for example if you had 4 water butts two could be collecting the water and two feeding......when the two feeding are low swap them over.....The other problem is what happens if it does not rain....will you use tap water....also use a stocking to filter any debris from the greenhouse roof before the water enters the water butt.....Josh....I hope this helps....If you need to chat more please call the office and ask for Jason, as he will be able to help too.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh do you have a hydrophonic automatic system? the easy2grow Kits are hydrophonic? - Posted by maor

Josh's Answer... Hi Maor...Yes we sell automatic watering systems.....use can use them hydroponically or you can use soil too.....Josh

The Question Asked... Thanks for the fast answer how can i use this hydroponically? - Posted by Maor

Josh's Answer... Hi Maor.....Simply use a substrate that is inert.....an ideal mix is coco and perlite...half and half.....there is no food content in this blend therefore feed will need to be added to the tank...Josh...

The Question Asked... Last year I bought the Easy2 grow kit with a tank and two square pots. Is it possible to use the tank to supply an additional 2 pots if so, what addtional items are required. Thankyou - Posted by charlie

Josh's Answer... Hi Charlie....You can feed up to 6 pots from the easy2grow tank....simply go to the on-line shop and purchase 2 easy2grow extension kits.....all is in the kit to simply add on...Any problems let me know.. Josh ....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I will be using my autopots outside. Do you have a method to prevent rain water from filling the pot? I was thinking of covering the individual pots with black plastic with a hole placed in the center for the plant. Thoughts? Thank you. - Posted by Kevin

Josh's Answer... Hi Kevin....That is good practice the black plastic will help...Also make sure you use a free draining substrate.....half soil / half perlite....at the bottom of the pot put a 30mm layer of washed gravel.....this should do the trick.....let me know how you go through the season.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Josh The autopot system and the growing of tomatoes in the greenhouse has always been done by my husband but at 83 he is no longer able to do it. His memory has gone and I cannot find any paper work to tell me how to clean out the pipe work and set the system up to run this year. I do want to still use this wonderful system and grow my tomatoes but I need help as to what to do. Please do you have a leaflet or any infomation that will help me. I would be greatfull for any help that I can get. Regards Margaret Rowe - Posted by margaret rowe

Josh's Answer... Hi margaret.....Sorry for the delay in getting back to you....Please go to the home page...Products...Instruction sheets....the instructions are here....If you are still having problems please call the office on 08707 544449 and ask for Paul....he will be able to help you......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I have got a single aquabox in a small bed in my polytunnel, The bed has been filled with a 50/50 mix of compost/perlite and i put some black horticultural fabric underneath to keep out the weeds from the soil below. The Aquabox is connected to a single 47 liter water container which it is draining in 3-4 days. Is this normal? I was wondering if it might slow down once the substrate reaches a particular level of dampness (it was very dry when i put it it). Should i think about putting a waterproof membrane under the bed, the correct one is permeable. I have two double auto pot tot connect to it shortly and i am just concerned that once these are connected its going to be daily water fills. Ty - Posted by Tyler

Josh's Answer... Hi Tyler...Firstly....You should just use simple compost in the raised bed.....Have you cheacked the instructions.....go to Products..Instruction sheets....AQUAbox Straight.....You should plant up water through and then allow the plants to establish first before you turn the system on.....after 2-4 weeks then turn it on......in the early stages you have to turn on the AQUabox for a little while....up to half a day and then turn off...for 3-4 days...repeat the process several times until the plants have got hold of the matting...then you can leave it on all the time....It is simply a matter of turning the water on and off a few times until the plants have established....once hey have you can leave on all the time.....by using perlite you have made the medium too free draining....this mix is just for use in the pots....Josh...

The Question Asked... I already have a system with 8 x 8.5 ltr pots using two 47 ltr tanks one from each end I would now like to extend the system with two extra pots do you thing I would need to change the 6mm piping? and if so what's the best cost effective way of doing this? Also what is the best grit/gravel to use at the bottom of the pots. Thanks - Posted by John Nurse

Josh's Answer... Hi John.....You should be fine from 2 47ltr tanks on 6 mm.....try to raise as high as you can.....If you are using half perlite and half compost there is no need to use gravel in the bottom of the pot.....if you still wish to just simple gravel (washed) with water from the garden centre is fine...Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Just been given a second hand easy2grow kit and the fabric squares are all black no gold ones but there are 4 that are thicker than the other 4, can you advise me which way round to put them. - Posted by joe melland

Josh's Answer... Hi Joe...Any idea how old they are...I would suggest you purchase some new ones from the on-line shop...the thicker ones will be Root Control Discs.....If you can see the mark of the bottom of the pot on one side this side is face up....I would however suggest buying some new ones.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Last year for the first time I put the gold squares in the tray as recommended, previous years I had placed the gold square in the pot with the Black Marix square on top, which seemed to work OK, but last year I did as you recommend with the gold in the tray and had roots down among the valves. This of course interfered with the water supply, first noticed when two of the plants showed signs of lack of water. What have I done wrong? - Posted by Sam Smith

Josh's Answer... Hi Sam.....If it worked for you previously please carry on....the Root Control Discs no doubt need changing....If you notice roots after the 8th week which you may well do simply cut them away...ensuring that they are all removed...This will not damage the plant at all....With tomatoes...you may have to do this at the most twice.......little to ask for a system that does everything for you....Let me know how you go...did you previously have the gold face down in the pot?......They may have now run the course of time....I would replace them....Josh...

The Question Asked... I have loads of tomato, pepper and chilli plants in 8cm pots at the moment. I'm tthinking about getting an autopot system for my 8' by 6' cold greenhouse. Have you tried Fytocell as a growing medium in the pots??? It has some rave reviews and comes very highly recommended. It's biodegradeable, holds 30% air even with saturated with water. The fact it degrades is good because you can add it to the compost heap at the end of the season, unlike Perlite which does not dissolve away. It needs to be automatically watered. Green's horticulture sell it in 10L and 150L bags. I tried it last year in the form of 25litre growbags and a manual dripper system. I got good results, but I think autopots will be even better. - Posted by Graham Webster

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham....I have just had a chat with Matt at Greens....At the moment there is no data on anyone using Fytocell in AutoPot....No to say it will not work.....Personally I would go with something that works....Greens will advise and just try a few pots of Fytocell on the side...Personally we have not tried it either so I can not be assured that all will be OK....Have a chat with Greens to obtain a tried and tested media just to be on the safe side....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I'm using Easy2grow liquid fertiliser to grow tomatoes in 8 Easy2grow pots in trays,at the the same time I'm using Vitalink hydroponic feed and additives to grow tomatoes in a Wilma grow tank .I have noticed the trusses in the Wilma system have more flower buds than the grow pots,would it be alright if I added Vitalink Buddy to the Easy2grow fertiliser or any of the other Vitalink additives. SANDRA - Posted by Sandra Kendall

Josh's Answer... Hi Sandra........No problem to add these products....as long as they are not too think and mix with the water well.....Are you using a nice substrate such as soil and perlite....as the more fluffy the mix the better.....This will provide you with a stronger plant too....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I have just received my water tank and 2 pots, I also purchased 2x2 extention pots, when I came to put it together and following your diagram, it seems that I'm short of a long lenght of pipe and also some taps for the end, considering it says on the instructions that I have everything I need, this does not seem to be the case, although everything that is listed was in the bag, does this mean I have to purchase these extra, if so I find it a little disapointing considering I have paid around £90, on the up side I'm very impressed with the quality of the product I purchased these from Mr Fothergills Garden catauloge - Posted by steve Wild

Josh's Answer... Hi Steve....I beleive Jason has spoken to you and that the problem should be corrected by now...Please note that in the first instance Mr Fothergils should have been uor first port of call as this is where you purchased the kits from....But I hope all is now OK...Josh...

The Question Asked... i need two filters for the aquapot tanks but can't find them on your lists - Posted by mrs j may

Josh's Answer... Hi Mrs May...Please go to the fittings section...16mm or 6mm ....Josh..

The Question Asked... do you have the instructions for assembling your greenhouse. I have moved and lost the instructions. I have all the parts but forgot how to erect again. can you help? - Posted by David Washington

Josh's Answer... Hi David....Please go to www.littlegrowers.co.uk...There is a animation on the home page....any further problems please email heather@autopot.co.uk.....she will have a copy of the instructions if you need them....Josh...

The Question Asked... Josh I've been growing tomatoes, peppers and aubergines with the easy2grow system for about 4 years now, with great success. But this year, when I came to disassemble the aquavalves for cleaning, I managed to snap off the nozzles of 6 (out of 21 in total) valves. I don't know whether the plastic is becoming brittle, or it's just me being heavy handed. Is it possible to obtain the part with the nozzle separately? The other parts of the valve are still in perfect order, so it seems a bit extravagant (not to say expensive) to replace the whole valve. Many thanks Tony - Posted by Tony

Josh's Answer... Tony...Please contact the office...either Barbara or Kate...their details can be found in the contact section of the website......Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Can u pls advise what system would be best for watering just one pot (a bougainvillea) on a balcony. The one pot sytem comes with a 15 litre pot which seems very large given that my plant is still small and currently in just a 3 litre pot although I will eventually put it in a bigger pot. Your brochure mentions buying a cover for the aquavalve and making a "hobby sytem" but I am not clear how this would work or what parts I would need to buy? Also the system will obviously be used outside, so what effect will the rain have on watering and the aquavalve and do I need to take any preventive measures to avoid problems? The system will be put away in the winter so freezing would not be a risk. Many thanks Jean - Posted by Jean

Josh's Answer... Hi Jean...I would simply use the 1Pot System with a 30ltr tank...use the correct mix of subtrate for the plant...I presume free draining material will work well...compost mixed with perlite all freely available from the garden centre....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh...two questions. Do you have to repot sweet pepper and chilli plants several times before placing in an autopot tray? My plants are in 8cm pots at the moment. I think repotting is standard practice for soil grown peppers/chillis eg 3'' to 6'' to 9'' pots. Second, what is the maximum number of easy2grow trays in a 8'x6' greenhouse? I was hoping to install two double rows of trays (16 trays, 32 pots in total) either side of the 2' wide central path. This might be two cramp? - Posted by Graham Webster

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham....If you go to the easy2grow Kit section and click on the easy2grow Kit...scroll down you will see the dimensions of the tray...there are also complete kit for greenhouses further down the easy2grow section.......Let the plants establish in the 3" pots and then put them in the AutoPot pots....you are correct in saying that it is standard pratice to pot up to the next size pot....but not completely necessary when using AutoPot.....3" will be fine....use a good mix of compost and perlite....pot up water through and before you place the pots in the trays ensure you brush any compost/perlite from the bottom and sides of the pots and then place in the trays....you can feed with plain water for the first 3-4 weeks as there will be enough feed in the compost for this period.....then add easy2grow feed at 10ml per litre......Hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... Aquabox is not sold in Sweden. Can I order directly from your on-line shop and how do I do it? - Posted by Alex

Josh's Answer... Hi Alex...A distributor has some heading to Sweden as we speak....Please speak to paul@autopot.co.uk...he will help you...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Have just set up my system, this year using more pots so am using a 100 ltr water butt with tap fitting. When connected with the Click Fit Connector I am getting leakage where it is fitted at the top. Have taken it of quite a few times to make sure that it is on correctly but still getting the leak. Have you any ideas as what to do Stephen - Posted by Stephen Henke

Josh's Answer... Hi Stephen...Could you contact the office mention you have spoken to me and explain which filter it is and we will correct the problem...Josh....

The Question Asked... I purchased an East2grow kit and a two pot extension in Dublin from Mr. Middleton shop. I assemled it as per instructions. However, the T junction leaks at the rate of 100 ml per hour. I pushed the 6mm piping onto the T junction as tightly as possible but the leak persists. I wish to leave the system unattended in a conservatory with wooden floors for several weeks. Please give me advice as soon as possible. - Posted by Olive

Josh's Answer... Hi Olive...Please email the office with your address and we will post a few out to you......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I am having a problem with the pots flooding. I have checked the yellow valves and they are fine and I have just replaced one. I notice that the soil was sodden and the tomatoe plant leaves of my very new grafted plants are starting to go pale in the middle and look anaemic which is what happened last year. I spoke to Jason and he thought I might have put too much feed in so this time I have not added any feed. The bottom of the trays are swimming in water and I am not sure how to adjust the flow or is there something else I should check? Diana - Posted by Diana Stephenson

Josh's Answer... Hi Diana....I understand Jason has spoken to you......he will also call you back on Monday to ensure all is OK..In the meantime please look at the 3D animations of the AQUAvalve and the eay2grow instructions, this will help you understnd how the AQUAvalve is supposed to function..Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi I've had 6 autopot autopak 2 (round pots) for a number of years fitted with smart valve mk2. I was moving the pots around and the nipple connecting to the smart valve has snapped off, renedering it and the two pots + tray unusable. Is it possible to find a replacement similar vale, or will the aquavalve fit within the autopak 2, and if so can I buy the aquapak ? Thanks in advance - Posted by andy wyllie

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy...Yes the AQUAvalve will fit in your existing tray, please go to the website to see the products..the Hydropak is now called the easy2grow Kit.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I live in Korea, and would like to use your product. Can I just order here? - Posted by Richard

Josh's Answer... Hi Richard.....The nearest supplier to you are the moment is in Japan.....Their details can be found in the outlets section of our site.....please ask for Hiroshi Yasuda....he will help....Josh...

The Question Asked... how do i setup a 2 pot system - Posted by mr levy

Josh's Answer... Dear Mr Levy.....Please go to the website under PRODUCTS...you will see instructions and 3D animations.....the instructions for the easy2grow Kit are there and also in the 3D section you will also see an animation of how the system is set up....If this does not help please call the office on Tuesday and ask for Jason....Josh....

The Question Asked... Can you let me know if you have any dealers in South Africa and if yes their contact details. cheers, Fitzroy - Posted by Fitzroy Rampersad

Josh's Answer... Hi Fitzroy....Please go to the website......the outlets section....scroll down you will see a supplier in South Africa.....any further problems please let us know....Josh....

The Question Asked... I have an autopot system and extension (i.e. 2 tanks with 12 pots) for 3 years and very successful so far. Now when assembling for this year, I find what seems like disintegrated brown soft plastic 'washers' around the grommit portion which is in the inside of the tanks. (They just came away in my hand). Now my fear is that when I fill these tanks, the water pressure will be too much and leak out of the section between the grommit and the filter. Am I correct? I have contacted Mr. Middletons in Dublin but cant get any answer. Do you sell rplacement 'washers' or do I in fact need them? Reply awaited with interest and thank you. - Posted by Helen Egar

Josh's Answer... Hi Helen...Please call the office tomorrow morning and ask for Jason and he will be able to help you....sorry to hear that Mr. Middletons is not helping.....not to worry we will help you out....Josh...

The Question Asked... We have been using three 2Pot systems for 2 seasons and have been looking to get it into operation again for this year. Unfortunately the aqua valves have suffered from ageing on has lost the screw threaded section and on the other two the yellow securing "nuts" have cracked are now useless. I will be ordering one aqua valve but do I have to replace the others or are the yellow securing nuts available separately? Thanks - Posted by Laurence Witchalls

Josh's Answer... Dear Laurence.....Please call the offic tomorrow, explain your situation...mention you have spoken to me....We can supply the yellow collars FOC...Please note for furture.....when you tighten the yellow collar STOP.....when you feel it grip....overtightening breakes the nozzle and the yellow collar....Josh...

The Question Asked... I visited your Web site and found it very interesting especially the auto pot gardens. I wish to buy the easy2grow kit 6(6pots) Product No AP201/SQ/2 consisting of the items below for a first experiment. I tried to get it from your distributor in South Africa but it is not found in their price list. I even email them unfortunately they did not reply. My postal address is 74, Etienne Pellereau Street, Port Louis, Mauritius. I should be grateful to you if you would kindly let me have a proforma invoice inclusive of all cost. Also please inform if you accept payment by Bank Telegraphic Transfer and how I can order by Email or otherwise. Contents 1x 47ltr Tank, lid & 6mm Top Hat Grommet 3x 2Pot tray & lid 6x 8.5ltr Pots 3x AQUAvalve 6x 1.5 meters of 6mm Pipe 6x Marix Disc (SQUARE) 186mm x 186mm (BLACK) 6x Root Control Disc (SQUARE) 196mm x 196mm (BLACK & GOLD) 1x 6mm Golf Filter 1x 6mm Cross connector 2x 6mm Tee connector Kind regards Ibrahimkhan - Posted by Ibrahimkhan Abdoolakhan

Josh's Answer... Dear Ibrahimkhan.....I believe Jason has now put you in touch with our distributor.....If you have any problems arranging what you need please let me know straight away......Josh.....

The Question Asked... I used the autopot systems for the first time last year to grow tomatoes. The results were good, but I wonder just how good I COULD get the results to be. Could you recommend a tomato variety for me to try this year? What would you also recommend as a feeding schedule? - Posted by Robert Wilson

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert....Personally my favourite is "sun gold"...a small cherry variety.......use a mix of good quality compost and perlite....plant up...water through.....remove any thing stuck to the outside and bottom of the pot....then place in the tray......no need to turn on the system for up to 10 days....let the plant establish and then feed with plain water for 3-4 weeks...then add easy2grow feed at a rate of 10ml/litre.......hope this helps......Josh....

The Question Asked... I recently purchased some Easy2grow kits fvrom an Ebay seller, and found them incomplete. I am currently communicating with him, but in case I get nowhere (and my tomato plants begin to wilt) could you quote me a price for two sets of hardware (i.e. the plastic bagsful of stuff in the pack - valve, black sheet X2, gold sheet x2, etc)? Many thanks and kindest regards, John Griffiths - Posted by John Griffiths

Josh's Answer... Hi John...Hopefully you will get some sense from them.....please let us know who it is......all the items you require can be bought on the on-line shop.....all the prices are there......if you ae not sure and need further help please feel free to call the office....Josh...

The Question Asked... I've been given an old Aquapot system (black rectangular aquavalves, round pots) and have so far set it up without any pots to check the valves are working. The root control mats were missing so I've ordered a pack of these. Can you tell me how deep the water should be in the bases when the aquavalves switch off so that I can judge whether they are working properly (and is there any way to adjust this)? Many Thanks - Posted by Geoff Swallow

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff...The water level with the old design (black smartvalve) should rise to around 25mm...it should then drain to almost nothing and then re-fill...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Have had the Autopots now for three years and have just come to put it all together again and I haven't got the filter:((( Can't find them in your brochure, can I buy a replacement? - Posted by Liz

Josh's Answer... Hi Liz.....If you go the the fittings section in the on-line shop....not sure what size filter you need...but if it is for 6mm pipe go into the 6mm section.....it is the golf filter that you need...this is fitted inside the tank....or go to the 16mm section if you are using bigger pipe and select the 16mm in-line filter that fits onto hosepipe....Josh...

The Question Asked... Thanks for your reply about the filter but when I go to order it it is saying componet not found? Liz - Posted by Barry Davies

Josh's Answer... Hi Liz.....You are correct.....I have just tried it too.....Bear with me....I have just spoken to the technical department.....hopefully they shold fix it shortly.....I will send you a quick email as soon as the error is removed.....Sorry about this Josh......

The Question Asked... We have just set up our new Autopot/2 pot extension system and the 6mm tee connecters leak. What should we do? - Posted by S H GUTHRIE

Josh's Answer... Hi There....Katie will be emailing you shortly to obtain your address so we can send you some more.....Josh....

The Question Asked... I just want to know if I should cover the hole in the reservoir lid to keep out the rain? The rain will dilute the nutrients. - Posted by Jerry Alexander

Josh's Answer... Hi Jerry......You can cover if you wish to....do not seal the hole....as it is a breather hole.....if possible simply place a piece of board or similar on top of the lid.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Having ordered two easy 2 grow irrigation kits via Dobies they arrived 23/12/10. One was a present for my son and I helped him assemble his. I therefore left mine in its box until today 11/5/11 when ready to pot on two tomatoes. I was very disappointed to find one of the square pots is cracked from its centre to the slit and onwards to the curve to the side. I have photographed the base, but see no means of sending you this evidence. If you are able to send a replacement, my address is:- SILVERWOOD, STATION ROAD, STAPLEHURST, KENT TN12 0PY Hopefully with thanks, Malcolm - Posted by MALCOLM BULLER

Josh's Answer... Hi Malcolm.....Please could you send an email to barbara@autopot.co.uk....and we will arrange for a new one to be sent to you....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh....turned my system on for the 1st time yesterday...my 120L tank is outside the greenhouse and I don't have a 16mm diameter hole drilled through the base of my greenhouse ... so I'm running the 16mm pipe through the greenhouse door, but I want to fully close the door at night...is it okay to disconnect the pipe from the tank overnight and reconnect it next morning?? .... will it effect the AQUAvalves Cheers. - Posted by Graham

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham...That is fine...just remember to re-connect early morning.......also at this time of year.....especially at the moment you can leave the door slightly open....all our greenhouses are now open all the time......Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I notice that your easy2grow kits now come with a 6mm filter. Is that a recent development cos my kit (Which i ordered in Dec last year) didn't have one included? Many thanks Danny - Posted by Danny Bolton

Josh's Answer... Hi Danny....ALL easy2grow Kits should be supplied with a 6mm golf filter....could you send an email to barbara@autopot.co.uk...advise where you purchased the kit from and we will arrange for one to be sent to you....Josh....

The Question Asked... I have recently set up 2 easy to grow kits and could not work out why one of the water containers emptied so quickly. Having looked closely, I find that one of the valves does not have the inner blue piece to shut the water off so it just floods out as soon as I fill the container up. Please could you send a replacement valve. - Posted by Sue Hinds

Josh's Answer... Hi Sue....I have spoken to Jason.....as I believe you have too...the missing part will be out in the post today....finger crossed you should recieve it tomorrow...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, is it essential to have an airpump in the res?I'm currently only using plain water but will use your feriliser when the nutirents from the soil in need a boost. My water is pretty hard by the way. Thanks - Posted by Pam

Josh's Answer... Hi Pam.....No need for a pump to be in the water.....Don't leave the feed to long before you add to the tank.....From what we are seeing this year......so called 4-6 feed in the compost with tomatoes is only lasting a max of 3 weeks.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Greetings, Not all the AutoPot folks have everything you have on the autopotuk site. Just to cut the chase can you direct me to a distributor in the USA that offers the, "AQUAbox Straight"? I know it is exactly what will work in our bath tub gardening effort. Thank you very much for your time and effort. John Thorp, Homestead, Florida, USA - Posted by John Thorp

Josh's Answer... Hi John.....We are aware of this situation....unfortuntely our distributors seem to be dragging their heels in the States....However I understand that Future Garden in New York have just placed an order...Please contact them so that they know you require the product.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Could you please tell me if I should be alarmed, I have recently purchased easy2grow kit plus 2 and every thing has gone according to your instructions however I have just looked into the tank to find that I have a "skin" (is the best way I can explain it) on top of the water, our water is very hard in this area would this have an effect on the fertilizer? Many thanks. Jean - Posted by Miss Jean Amos

Josh's Answer... Hi Jean......This is just a film that occurs on top of the water whan feeds are added to the water....it is normal......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, we have a tomato plant growing in a two pot system, (one died :( ) and noticed that the soil is very wet. We have as per instructions put an inch of gravel at the bottom of the pot and we are using a compost with perlite, but still the soil is way too wet. Is there a way to adjust the amount of water that flows in the pot or another way to stop our plant from drowning? Kind regards, Franne - Posted by Franne

Josh's Answer... Hi Franne....Have you pre-set the AQUAvalve.....the instructions on the website will help you.....Products.....Instructions...easy2grow Kits (English)......Simply make sure the yellow silicone in the top float creates a tight seal on the hole below....leave the green cover off the tray for a few days so you can see the water filling to 20mm and then draining before it re-fills....any further problems please let me know......or feel free to call the office an ask for Jason.....he will be able to solve and explain any problems you have....Josh...

The Question Asked... I cannot find a supplier in the United States who has an Aquavalve in stock. I live in the United States and have a friend who is visiting London right now. Is there a place in London that I could have him go to to purchase an Aquavale and bring it back to the States with him when he returns? Thanks, Ken - Posted by Ken

Josh's Answer... Hi Ken....Have you contacted all of the US suppliers in the distributor section......they should have pleanty of stock....HydroDynamics...Future Garden.....just click on their logos and this will take you to their website....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, the water in my 47 litre reservoir tank has a brown film floating on top. The film is also present inside my easy2grow trays. The only thing added to the water is the Easy2grow liquid fertiliser. Is it normal to have this film present? Thank you, Phil. - Posted by Phil Marley

Josh's Answer... Hi Phil...Dont panic this is normal...it is a film created by the addition of the liquid feed.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi there. I've just taken delivery of 5 litres of liquid fertiliser, but I can't get in the bottle. I've tried squeezing the lid and pressing it. Do I need to remove the yellow bit? If so, how? Help!! - Posted by alison

Josh's Answer... Hi Alison....Use a knife to cut the yellow seal and then pull it off....You might need something to grip the end of the yellow seal such as pliers......Hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... I am just seeing up my Autopot system for this year, but I can't find the filter connectors for the water tanks - I have 3. Is it possible to get spares? - Posted by Audrey Searle

Josh's Answer... Hi Audrey......Please go to the on-line shop or call the office tomorrow after 9am.....the filters you need are in the fittings section under 6mm fittings....Josh...

The Question Asked... Should I avoid planting different vegetable varieties in my set of 6 autopots that are connected to the master 47l reservoir? I am growing tomato, sweet pepper, and cucumber plants from seed and they're nearing the time when they should be transplanted. I was planning to put two of each into my autopot system, but read online that it's not a good idea to plant tomatoes adjacent to peppers. Your help is appreciated. - Posted by Dale

Josh's Answer... Hi Dale.....I'm not sure which websites are suggesting this but it is not true....All will grow fine next to each other....just use a nice fluffy mix...(perlite & compost) and you will not have a problem....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I cant get my autopot 47l system to stop watering. It comesout of the valve so quickly and then just leaks over the sides into my greenhouse. I have a video I made of it, is there any chance of me e-mailing it to you? Thanks Amy - Posted by Amy Louise

Josh's Answer... Hi Amy...If you could email your telephone number or alternatively please call the office and ask for Jason.....he will be able to fix the problem over the phone for you....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I thought I read on the website that the 15 litre tubs were interchangable with the 7 .5 litre tubs, I have just ordered a 4 pot set up 7.5 l for 54 pounds and then 4 15 litre tubs for an extra 12 pounds combined which comes to 66 pounds yet with the same retailer the larger 4 pot kit is 90 pounds , am i missing anything that wont let me use the bigger pots halfway through or is this just a chear way of buying it? thanks matt - Posted by matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt.....I'm a little confused with what you are trying to tell me....If you would like to call the office at your leisure plese do and we will listen to the question you are asking.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hello, I have just started using 2 aqua pots in containers fed from a 47 ltr tank. I find water is soaking out of the last container into the saucer while the first container saucer is dry. I took the aqua pot out and examined it and it looks undamaged. I assumed that the aqua pots would control the amount of water being taken. Have I got a pot that is too porous or do I need to adjust the height of the tank. My setup looks like the diagram on your website except that I am using the aqua pots in individual containers. Thanks Gabriel - Posted by Gabriel

Josh's Answer... Hi Gabriel....The most effective way to use the aquaPots is to inset a 6mm tap just after the tank and one at the end of the run.....The one at the end of the run is used to see the flow rate and to flush the lines....The tap inserted just after the tank is used to reduce the flow rate and to turn off the supply if required......You may need to purchase some taps.....Then once in position......fill the tank....open the tap at the end of the run and allow the water to flow for around 30 seconds....and then taper the tap down near the tank so at the water flow is just a trickle out of the open tap at the end of the run.......once the flow is set shut the tap at the end of the run.......raise you tank to the same level as the aquaPots or a little higher.......water will always find its lowest level....so only a small amount of pressure is required.....hence the use of the taps.....Hope this helps.....if not please call the office and ask for Jason.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Dear Josh, i would like to know if the simplest 1 pot system requires an air pump for the plant to grow, because i saw that it is not provided with the kit, and from my knowledge i know that aeration of roots is crucial. Do i need to buy an air pump as well with my 1autopot kit? Kind regards Panagiotis - Posted by Panagiotis

Josh's Answer... Dear Panagiotis.....An air pump is not necessary when using the 1Pot Module/System......Use a nice fluffy mix in the pot....perlite and coco or soil & perlite....there are lots of other examples but these two suggestions always work....If you want to use an air pump and an AirDome you can if you wish but it is not necessary as the system will work very well without it....Josh... Yes you can extend the 1Pot module......to any size you like.....Up to 6 pots use 6mm pipe once you go over this amount use bigger pipe 16mm to supply the water....reducing the 16mm pipe to 6mm pipe at each AQUAvalve......Please take a look at the videos and animations on the website....

The Question Asked... How moist will the aquabox spider keept the soil in a raised bed - If I plant seedlings that require soil to be kept moist at all times and seedlings like carrots which cant be re-potted - will the aquabox spider provide them with enough water? - Posted by Matthew Post

Josh's Answer... Hi Matthew.....The answer to all the questions is YES.....Please take a look at the AQUAbox Spyder instruction sheets and the 3D animations of the AQUAbox Spyder...this will help....Set up your AQUAbox....but in the first 3-4 weeks just irrigate with 6 strips and after the plants have established use the other 6 capillary strips......Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh,i want to find a bit of kit that allows me to grow 2 plants & i only have to remember to water every few days.Ive looked at the starterkit ( Ref: AP201/SQ ).Is this suitable,if not can you suggest something that is. Thanks Spencer. - Posted by Spencer

Josh's Answer... Dear Spencer....This kit is fast becoming one of the most popular kits in Europe...It is perfect for your needs and will water and feed your plants for a minimum of 2 weeks....it can also be easily extened at a later date if you so wish....Josh.....If you need to know more please call the office and ask for Jason and he will gladly advise further..

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, for the last two years in my autopot system I have successfully grown peppers and tomatoes with great results but with cucumbers it is a disaster both last year and this the plants grow well, flower, form fruit then proceed to die, I am using your liquid fertiliser, please what am I doing wrong I have tried different varieties still with the same result. David - Posted by David Hardman

Josh's Answer... Hi David...I must admit I had the same problem for a couple of years.....The issue is that cucumbers DO NOT like wet feet.....To combat this you need to grow them in a fluffy mix.....such as good quality compost and perlite....50% of each....this mix is perfect.....Then.....water through and DO NOT turn the system on for a few weeks......let the plant work hard for the moisture already in the pot that you previously watered through when potted up....Once the plant has established THEN turn on the system.....This method is the ideal way to start off all plants.....If you would like to discuss further please call the office and ask for Jason and he will run you through the do's and don't when growing cucumbers...he has 25 years experience in commercial grop production....Josh...

The Question Asked... I wrote you last month about Product No AP201/SQ/@ easy2grow kit 6 (6xpots) which I wish to purchase. Mr Jason put me in contact with your distributor in South Africa. Unfortunately the freight and other charges are exhorbitant. As I desperately need the item for a trial, can you please do me a favour to sell one from your shop. Thanking you in anticipation. Ibrahimkhan - Posted by Ibrahimkhan Abdoolakhan

Josh's Answer... Hi Ibrahimkhan....I am sorry to hear this...but I am sure the costs will apply from the UK.....If you email the office with your requirements and address details we will of course provide you with some costs...but I am sure they will also be high....Josh...

The Question Asked... Following my question submitted to you earlier, may I ask if the offer Autopot's June special offer bonanza will also apply to me for my purcahase direct from you. With kind regards. Ibrahimkhan. - Posted by Ibrahimkhan Abdoolakhan

Josh's Answer... Yes Ibrahimkhan the price will stand but the delivery will not be free as you are not in the UK...Unless you know someone in the UK we can send to who is heading out to see you.....Josh..

The Question Asked... My son moved our system after two great growing seasons. In the process he broke two nylon collars by overtightening. We placed the hose over the burb and it seems to be holding in our gravity fed setup. Do we need to worry with a clamp? Or should it be just fine the way it is? Thanks - Posted by William

Josh's Answer... Hi William....All will be fine...but if you email the office with your address we will send some to you free of charge.....Please note that when you feel the yellow collar grip STOP tightening......Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, Just a simple question: I have a 2 pot easy 2Grow kit, which I have used quite succesfully. I want to expand it to a 4 or 6 pot system. What do I need and how much would it cost? - Posted by Ernesto Paramo

Josh's Answer... Hi Ernesto....If you go to the on-line shop.....easy2grow Kit section...you simply need either 1 or 2 easy2grow Extension Kits....I have added the link to take you straight their....Josh... http://www.autopot.co.uk/browse-our-shop/easy2grow-kits/easy2grow-extension-kit

The Question Asked... Josh, this is my second season using autopots i,ve had good results with peppers tomatoes & cucumbers, this season i would like to try some flowers. As my wife likes flowers in the house, what type of flower might be best for a begginer like me, and would i need to add another type of nutrient to the easy2grow formula for the requirements of a flower, as opposed to fruit&veg. Yours bob whitby. - Posted by bob whitby

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob.....Any flowers will grow fine...the choice is completely up to you...just use a nice fluffy mix...soil & perlite is perfect..as for the feed...the easy2grow feed will be fine...it is designed for all crops...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh ive decided on the 2Pot System (Using 6mm Pipe)Product No.AP200/SQ/2.Just a couple of questions. 1)As ive been watering by hand from a 5ltre pot im not sure how much nutrient i will need in a 47l tank as when vegging my nutrient increases very slightly every day (other way round when flowering).Is there a feeding guide i can use. 2)Can i keep to the same nutrient i have been using,vega a&b & flores a&b.Also using oxy. 3)Grew succesfully just in coco last time but do you strongly reccomend perlite as never used it before. Thanks Josh. - Posted by Spencer

Josh's Answer... Hi Spencer......You can use your existing feed...as this is a very good feed....simply follow the directions on the bottles...As coco is naturally alkaline the water in the tank should be at a pH of 5.6.....it will rise in the tray to 6.0-6.3...which is where you want it to be.....Adding Perlite or pH stable pebbles is reccomended as the perlite or pebbles add more air to the coco.....more air pockets better root growth......use half coco and half perlite.......hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... what is the size of the try for Product No.AP204/SQ ? - Posted by Mahdi

Josh's Answer... Hi Mahdi....easy2grow 2Pot tray....575mm x 275 mm....Josh

The Question Asked... Here in the U.S., where can I buy a couple of 6mm in-line taps for my AquaPot system? Mine came with t-connectors but not taps. - Posted by Dale

Josh's Answer... Hi Dale...I'm not sure where in the US you can buy our 6mm taps....have you tried the store you bought the products from?...Josh...

The Question Asked... Will check with my US distributor regarding the 6mm taps. - Posted by Dale

Josh's Answer... No problem...any problems we can always post some to you....Josh...

The Question Asked... Re: Aquapots , What spacing should be used in 1m square raised beds, how deep should be the pots buried, and for how long will a 47litre tank supply one pot??? Lastly the picture shows 3 items, I assume that the middle one is the Aquapot- what are the other 2? - Posted by Frank Addis

Josh's Answer... Hi Frank....If you could email your telephone number, someone will call you on Monday morning and run through with you on how to use the AQUApots.....The picture you refer to shows all three sizes of AQUApots, small, medium & large.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Is the 60 pot kit available to buy with all the airation kit ready supplied ie air-pump/line/stone/connectors/dome?. If so how much is it in total including vat and delivery? - Posted by david

Josh's Answer... Hi David.....The 60 Pot Kit is not supplied with the AirDomes, these are seperate.....all the prices can be found on the on-line shop....All prices include VAT and until the end of June we are providing all our customers with free delivery.....If you have any questions please feel free to call the office.....Josh...

The Question Asked... hi could you please tell me the diameter of your round root control discs and the round marix disc? thanks - Posted by kyle barr

Josh's Answer... Hi Kyle....RCD..205mm....Marix...200mm...Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh,im going to order the 2 pot system (Product No.AP200/SQ/2).Imk a total newbie so sorry if daft questions butIf i am growing from clones do i have to water by hand till plant is more established.Also am i right in thinking the biggest part of kit is the tank which is 370mm x 270mm as i am ok with that but doesnt leave me much for error.Thanks. - Posted by Spencer

Josh's Answer... Hi Spencer.....Pot up....use a nice fluffy mix that holds lots of air....water through and do not turn the system on until the plant has established...7-10 days should do it.....you can top water during this period but it may not be necessary...make the plant work for what's in the pot....Hope this helps....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi - have you heard of a medium called 'fytocell' and if so do you know would it be a good substitute for perlite to add to a coir mix? The blurb says it adds oxygen etc and i just wandered if you had had experience of it at Autopot towers? Ta, Andy - Posted by Andy

Josh's Answer... Hi Andy....Fytocell.....it has been tried and tested with AutoPot products......I would suggest not to use it as it is not suitable either by it's self or mixed with another substrate......Hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh,im starting from scratch using the 2 pot in seperate trays Product No.AP200/SQ/2.Obviously i need to buy that & understand that it comes with fittings etc.I am just about to order but as im on a bit of a tight budget could you tell me what extras are you feel would really benefit me & you feel are more or less essential.Im thinking air pumps etc.Also is there any difference between an air dome,air stones etc & briefly explain how they work.Thanks. - Posted by Spencer

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The Question Asked... Hi, ive been using my aquabox spyder for a couple of weeks now...and noticed that it managed to drain a 100lite water butt in a matter of 5-6days - far short of the two weeks that its supposed to take to drain a water butt of that size - is this normal at the begining of use in a newly planted raised bed? - ive noticed that it may now be slowing down...and wanted to make sure this was normaly and if it was working its way up to two weeks...(im guessing its something to dow with the soil getting to a certain level of dampness etc... - Posted by Matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt...You are correct...the water will be drained much quicker in the first couple of weeks and then will slow down....I would also suggest that for the first 4-6 weeks that you only allow 6 of the wicks to pull the water out of the AQUAbox...after this time you can add the other 6...If you want to talk to someone in the office please feel free to call and someone who will advise over the phone....Josh...

The Question Asked... I would like to respond to a recent question by 'Andy' about using fytocell with the autopot products. I am growing tomatoes in a 8 tray easy2grow kit in my greenhouse. I am using 3 different substrates; pure fytocell, canna coco professional plus with 20% fytocell added and Autopot Autococo. The tomato plants growing in the pure fytocell are the healthiest with dark green leaves. Early growth was very slow, but my Sungold tomatoes plants are now the tallest in the greenhouse, overtaking the Sungold plants growing in the coco. The worst substrate has to be the Autococo. The leaves turned yellow with brown patches at one point and I now have blossom end rot on a couple of them. The canna coco with 20% fytocell plants are doing better although some of the leaves did turn yellow with brown patches, but not as bad as the autococo. I am using GHE Flora Series 3 part nutrient. - Posted by Graham Webster

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham...Thanks for the info...I'm surprised AutoCoco is still around....it was discontinued several years ago.....Also thanks for the info on Fytocell...I presume the best way is to plant a little shallower in the pot and top water for a week to get the roots down to the bottom...this will explain why the Fytocell started off slow.....if you send some photos in we can put them in the new customer photo section that will be added soon........thanks for the advice.....

The Question Asked... I have a four-pot system, for tomatoes. I grew tomatoes in the same spot last year and they were fine, but I wanted to avoid troubling the neighbours to water them. The plants grew well, but about 4 weeks ago one plant began to wilt. It was strange as the compost + perlite was quite wet - we’d had a lot of rain. I took the plant out of the tray so it could dry out for a few days, but it didn’t recover. It was a strong plant that had set two trusses, the first having fruit about 1.5” on it. The next plant then went the same way, but was not obviously overwatered. The valves seem to be working properly, delivering the correct amount of water and not over-filling the trays. I checked the literature and there was no sign of any disease on the plants. Eventually they both became so shrivelled and pathetic I had to throw them away. The two remaining plants look fine but I’m worried about them. Any ideas what’s going on? - Posted by Keith Barnard

Josh's Answer... Hi Keith....This is a difficult problem to solve....you could have a root problem.....vine weavel problem...the list could be endless....Ideally the trays should be used in a greenhouse and not outside.....By the sounds of it, it seems that it could be any number of things...If it does rain...which it no doubt it will...... as the pots are outside lift them out of the tray and place them on the rim of the tray to avoid over watering them.....Sorry I can not help any more than this but it is very difficult to solve the problem unless I can see the plants.....Josh...

The Question Asked... What is the shelf life of the Easy2Grow plant feed please and will it work well with Coir/Vermiculate mixture ? - Posted by George Jackson

Josh's Answer... Hi George.....As long as you keep it in a dark cool place it will last for around 2 years......yes it will work with coco and vermiculite...However I would suggest using perlite not vermiculite as the latter will retain too much water and make the mixture of substrate to wet.....Perlite is much better....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, a couple of months ago we purchased an easy to grow kit and 2 extension packs, sadly one of the extention packs was missing a T-piece on contacting yourselves, we had a brilliant response and a T-piece arrived almost immediately. So I was able to set up my 5th and 6th tomato pots, this proved to be challenging as the system was leaking and the greenhouse floor was always wet. I tried adjusting the valve, changing the valves over changing the T pieces, changing the tubing etc. nothing could stop the leak on my third 2pot tray. Finally last night I discovered a pin hole in the bottom of the tray. I was never going to solve that really !! The hole was in the middle, just above the 'made in England' stamp. I believe that you take product quality very seriously, and wish to bring this to your attention. also, to prevent other customers a few days of frustrating problem solving in leak detection. Julie - Posted by Julie & Andrew Bell

Josh's Answer... Hi Julie....Thanks for letting me know if you would send an email to katie@autopot.co.uk she will send you a new tray.....Sorry for the probem....hopefully the new tray will solve the problem.....Please let katie know you have spoken to me....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh can 15ltr pots be supplied with The 40 piece kit? And if so what's the Price difference and would I receive free Delivery? Cheers - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hello there.....Yes we can supply the 15ltr pot the difference would be £0.10 per pot extra.....so in total £4.00....yes this month we are providing free delivery on all order either placed over the phone or placed on the on-line shop....Josh...

The Question Asked... I have read through several posts here and I am seeking a definitive answer regarding the 1 in of pebbles in the bottom of the pots. The old directions say use 1in; the new directions do not. In cases where slight over-watering is occurring or root rot happens, you recommend using 1 in of pebbles in the bottom. I have had issues myself with using 50/50 coco and perlite and root rot. So, is the 1in suggested only if you are having these problems? And if that is the case, as a preventive measure, why not leave in the 1in pebble requirement per the older instructions? Thanks! - Posted by Tan

Josh's Answer... Hi Tan....Firstly have you pre-set the AQUAvalve...please go to the instruction section .....open up the easy2grow or 1Pot and a section on how to do this is shown here......I can assure you if you use the system correctly you will not get root rot........A 50/50 mix of perlite and soil or coco is perfect....adding pH stable pebbles is fine too.......What you must do is let the plant establish in the pot first.....this can take 7-14 days depending on the plant being grown.....let the plant work for the moisture that is in the substrate first before you turn the system on.......Also if your enviroment is way out root rot will also occur as the plant can not perform as the conditions will not allow it to.....If you need to chat with someone I would suggest you call the office and ask for Jason as he designed the system and will have an answer for all your questions......I hope this helps....Josh.....PS....Also once you have pre-set the AQUAvalve leave the lid off to ensure that it is flooding and draining correctly....If you have pre-set the AQUAvalve it will work correctly......Once you are happy put the lid back over the AQUAvalve....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I was wondering if you have considered developing a strawberry tower for use with your system? I have tried other types of tower but have found that they dry out too quickly, especially if I forget to water them for a couple of days. I reckon Autopot would be the perfect solution. So. how about it? - Posted by John clark

Josh's Answer... Hi John.....As far as I am aware Jason has 7 designs that he will be making over the next several years.....One of them will be designed for use with small herbs, lettuce and strawberries......Please bare in mind that creating tools for new designs are very very expensive.....the 7 designs he has in mind total a value of over £500,000......so it is a matter of creating the designs trialing them for a period of time and then releasing them into the market......I'm sure you understand.....but I am sure something will be heading to the Garden Centre shelves in due course.....Please sign up to the newsletter so that you are informed of any new and forthcoming designs....Josh....

The Question Asked... I'm thinking of buying a kit off you. What's not apparent on the Web-site, for a beginner, is what pot is best for a type of plant? I think the 8.5L pot is okay for tall plants (like Tomatoes and Cucumbers) ? Does this mean the 15L pots should be for lower denser plants like Pepper and Chilli? Perhaps it doesn't matter? Just trying to assess which pot size to go for. Am thinking of also purchasing your Spyder product to feed a square bed of lettuce. Hope you can help! - Posted by Dan

Josh's Answer... Hi Dan....Plese excuse my delay in replying......Pot size does not matter when using AutoPot.... Also both pot sizes fit in either tray design.......The AQUAbox Spyder is a great choice for lettuce.....A little tip....set it all up with all 12 strips buried under the soil but for lettuce you will only need to start with 4 strips pulling water out of the AQUAbox , you can use 6 after a month.....you only need to use all 12 strips when growing heavy feeding plants such as pumpkins....I hope this helps......If you need any more help please feel free to contact me again....or call the office and ask for Jason a he designed the system...he will gladly assist you.....Bye Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, 2 questions on feeding tomato plants: Can I use tomorite in the tank or would that cause the filter any problems)? Alternatively, I could buy some of your own liquid plant food. What is the NPK for this? Thanks - Posted by Patrick

Josh's Answer... Hi Patrick....Tomorite is the best of a bad bunch from the garden centers.....if you use this feed please empty and wash out the tank every 6-8 weeks as Tomorite creates a lot of salt drop out leaving sediment at the bottom of the tank.... The NPK value of our feed is 1.5/1.35/2.5....this a broard spectrum feed designed for all plants....If you are unsure of it's ability to grow tomatoes please visit the home page and view a few of the videos from Brill View Farm last year......Hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... hi there looking at 12 pot auto pot diagrams is the one at the bottom with the flash through it the wrong way to set up??? thanks simon - Posted by simon

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon.....To make it easier to understand the diagrams ..... please go to the home page.....click on the new brochure.....it has a black front cover.....you can view on-line and also download it...the information in this brochure is up to date..... and simplier to understand.....it will explain and answer alot of questions......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Have used the auto pots for a number of years with great results. We brought them with us to Portugal and again have had great results until this year. Our tomatoes and peppers have both suffered from bottom end rot. I've checked the tubing and floats and can nothing wrong - any hints or suggestions welcome. Regards Chris - Posted by Chris

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris.......To get to the bottom of your problem... please email your contact number to us....ask for Jason in the email and he will call you back to help with your problem......Josh

The Question Asked... I recently set up an autopot system with 16 pots and have found some of the pipes to be leaking where they join onto the connecter which is connected to the agua-valve, do you know what could be causing this? - Posted by matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt.....We will need to determine which fittings.....Please email the office providing your number and we will call you back to resolve your dilema.....It will be easier and quicker this way.....Thanks Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi im growing in my indoor setup can i put the air domes in my 18 litre pots. on four 1 hour 2 times a day im growing in coco clay pebel mix and i water them from the top 1 or 2 litre per day please send me more knowledge . - Posted by majid

Josh's Answer... Hi Majid...... This will be fine.....I would suggest you add a timer to the air pump so that you can have it on 30 mins & off for 30mins off...Only during the day light hours.....just turn it off when the light is off.. .Please go to .... Products.....Instructions.....AirDome instructions....this will help... Have you ever thought it would be much easier to water and feed your plants using our growing systems.....For a simple 16 page over view please go to the home page and look at the new AutoPot brochure...it has a black front cover.....Hope this helps Josh......

The Question Asked... hi it's matthew here i emailed you earlier about the leaky pipes , my phone nuimber is 07904847134 - Posted by matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt.....I believe Jason has tried to call you and left his number....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I would like to use 9 litre air pots in the auto pot trays what medium would you recommend for this? - Posted by paul jones

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul.....I have just spoken to the company that distribute the AirPots.....they have advised that either coco or soil can be used with 20-30% of perlite mixed in either the soil or coco....Hope this helps Josh......

The Question Asked... where can i get a 100lt water tank for my autopot i have looked on your web site but can only find 47lt - Posted by Paul rigby

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul......the 100ltr tank is just further down the page.... http://www.autopot.co.uk/watering-systems/water-barrels-tanks-accessories Please click on the link above..... Josh...

The Question Asked... I have tomatoes in my autopots but dont seem to get many big tomatoes on the vines the tomato plants are gardeners delight the vines are very long but not many tomatoes onthem can you please advice me what to do to get more tomatoes on also i have peppers in them as well with peppers on they are orange peppers but when i tryed them they seem to be tarty and tuff - Posted by paul rigby

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul...Would you kindly email your phone number as it will be simplier to advise over the phone.....Josh....

The Question Asked... will a 47lt tank do for 8 autopots or will i need a bigger tank - Posted by paul rigby

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul....I would not suggest it the suggested maximum pots on the 47ltr tank is 6 ...using 6mm pipe...Take a look at the new brochure it's on the home page this will help with lots of information you require......Josh....

The Question Asked... Can you use 100% coarse perlite in the autopots? - Posted by Tan

Josh's Answer... Hi Tan...Yes you can...it is an excellent substrate to use.....Just make sure you clean the bottom & side of the pot to remove any perlite before you place the pot in the tray....Nothing worse than Perlite floating around the AQUAvalve.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Ive been having problems with my auto pots trays flooding over into my green house from the valves does it have anything to do with pre setting the valves to 20 mil ? if so how do you do this? the problem seems to be getting worse and not just with one valve.. many thanks - Posted by paul jones

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul......Haave you called the office....If not please do so and ask for Jason....or alternatively email your number and Jason will call you back....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, can I put 2 plants of tomatoes in one pot? There is enough place for 2 plants in a single pot to reach maturity and make fruits? Thanks, Catalin. - Posted by Catalin

Josh's Answer... Hi Catalin...Yes you can if you wish to....Personally 1 is enough...especially if you are growing tomatoes......why not just use one plant and then allow 1 side shoot to grow you therefore will have two main stems growing up....Josh....

The Question Asked... hello josh we are planing on using an 18 pot system and using a 50/50 coco/perlite mix (with clay pebals at botom) as the medium. so my question is, if using a 50/50 coco/perlite mix would standard hydro nutrients be suitable or should we use coco specific nutrients? thanks d - Posted by daniel

Josh's Answer... Hi Daniel....The mix is excellent...if using pebbles at the bottom...make sure they are pH stable.....Have a quick look at the new brochure it is the black one it's on the home page.....there is a section in there about ideal substrates.....There are loads of feeds for coco for hydro....for soil......the list is endless.....any clean feed will work well.....keep away from organic/gooey feeds as these will tend to block the lines..... Josh....

The Question Asked... Do you have large round Marix Discs? I see you have large Root Control Discs (420mm diameter) but no Marix disc of the same size. Could I just use the large root control discs instead? I just need to stop the soil falling out the bottom of my pots. - Posted by Jeff

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff....Only this disc was ever made for the old design....No problem with using another RCD in the pot to stop the soil falling out.....try it gold face down in the pot......1 in the pot and 1 under the pot will also pretty much stop the roots escaping all together.....this method work great in the new designs..Josh...

The Question Asked... hi josh I retired last year and purchased an 8*6 greenhouse . this year i am in the process of growing 20 plants of tomatos ...through the tomato club i have come across your watering system my question is what exactly would i need to purchase to run the twenty pots next time in my greenhouse many thanks Fred lewis - Posted by FRED LEWIS

Josh's Answer... Hi Fred... If you would kindly email your telephone number to mail@autopot.co.uk someone will call you back to advise on what you will require.... thanks Josh ....

The Question Asked... i would like to order 14 15L auto pots,no accessories ,how much id total delivery cost to luton and the boxes they arrive in are plaine ? how many days to deliver - Posted by mick

Josh's Answer... Hi Mick.....If you call the office and ask for Kate she will be able to help you....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, what size is the pot, in your 1 Pot Kit ? Thanks Tim - Posted by Tim Wright

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim....Please go to the home page ...scroll down a little ... you will see the new AutoPot brochure it is black...... click on the image and then you can either view it or download it....all the information you require is here and more you will find this really helpful.... Josh....

The Question Asked... I have an issue with some of my veg - I've planted a variety of crops with the aqua box spyder in the centre - however within the same crop I have had varying results with the veg the furthest from the the aqua box doing the best with the near ones hardly growing at all, I have a crop of half well established carrots and half little more than seedlings for example - Have I done something wrong? - Posted by Matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt....If you would kindly email your number to mail@autopot.co.uk and I will arrange for someone to call you back.....Josh....

The Question Asked... I understand that AirDome it's recommended to be used during the daylight periods, but for how many hours? What is the ideal time to use the AirDome pump air? - Posted by Catalin

Josh's Answer... Dear Catalin....Have the AirDomes on during the light period....you have two choices either all the time until it gets dark or you can pulse the pump by having it connected to the timer....please also go to Products.....Instruction Sheets.....AirDome to see the instructions...this will also help you..... Josh....

The Question Asked... would the aquabox be capble of feeding a square meter of of capillary matting or would it require more than one aquabox - Posted by DEREK HOLEY

Josh's Answer... Hi Derek....The AQUAbox Spyder has been designed to water & fed an area up to 1.2 sq meters. The AQUAbox Straight is used in narrow raised beds, under grow bags, long narrow runs.....Hope this helps... Josh....

The Question Asked... Have tried to use autowater system to grow peepers but this has been usucsessful. Have you come across this before? or is there a special knack to it? Thanks - Posted by Barbara Davidson

Josh's Answer... Hi Barbara...What is an autowater system??....Could you email your telephone number and someone will call you back....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh. I grow a variety of tomatoes (mainly pearl, totem and tumbler as well as exotic varieties) in large wire baskets, (measuring 40cm wide, 100cm long and 25cm deep). These wire baskets are mounted on the side of a south facing shed, at three heights (ground level, about 1.5 metres high and then about 2.5 metres high) - to maximise space on a south facing site. I am looking to purchase the aquabox as they would be ideal for the wire baskets, but i am unsure at what is the maximum height that i can fix the baskets to ensure that the aquabox will function correctly. Do you have any knowledge on this? Also, i would usually have drainage holes on the underside of the wire baskets - as these baskets would be outdoors - would these drainage holes still be required with the aquabox. Best regards, Gavin. - Posted by Gavin Ball.

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin....Would you kindly email your telephone number and I will ask someone to call you back ...Josh

The Question Asked... Hi josh .. when growing in coco i believe it is best to use a 50/50 mix with perlite ..is this correct ? And if so should i still use a layer of hydroton pebbles ? Thanks - Posted by David

Josh's Answer... Hi David.....50/50 mix great.....If you decide to use Hydroton Pebbles please pre-treat this brand as they are very alkaline.....but it is not necessary to use the pebbles if using the 50/50 mix .....also please go to the home page ...click on the icon with the new 2011/2012 brochure....black.....and look through this.....as thie new brochure will help too....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I want to fit a water gauge to the water barrel that feeds my 2 spider and 2 easy grow pots (4 pots in all). I think that a piece of your clear air pipe would do the trick. How ever I do not know if it will be a watertight fit passing it through 2 6mm grommets. One at the bottom of the tank and one at the top thus forming a sight glass showing the water level. The reason I want to do this is so I can see how much water is in the tanks with out taking of the snap off lid each time. I would need two lengths of hose, each a metre long plus four grommets and would be grateful if you could let me know the cost of theses items. Which I would add to my next purchase of extension kits, some for my self and one each for my son and daughter as Christmas presents. FYI The barrels are filled by pumping water up from where it is collected from my gutter, my garden is on a slope, or via the mains using at toilet filling system when ever I am using a hose to water anything. Thanks Regards Tim PS the house and garden can be seen on Google earth. (gps PL9 9AG) - Posted by Tim ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim, This will work.....But the clear pipe will go green with algee very quickly...A better idea is to have a floatation stick....take a simple bamboo cane or similar that is the heigh of the tank. put a square of polystryrene on one end of the can....then remove the lid, if you are using the 47ltr tank simply put the cane through the with the polystyrene touching the water.....if you need to drill a hole in the tank lid please do so.....So waht now happens is that the stick/cane floats of the level of the water......any questions just get back to me....Josh...

The Question Asked... can you use auto pot valve in a long tray and put sey 3or4 standard pots in there or would that drown the plants ? - Posted by brian

Josh's Answer... Hi Brian...Yes no problem.....just make sure you use the blue AQUAvalve cover over the AQUAvalve and put a small weight on the cover to hold it down to stop everything floating when the water floods the tray....Use a nice fluffy mix.......take a look at the new AutoPot brochure and the on-line shop to see the AQUAvalve cover...the brochure will show you advise on setting up etc......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Thanks for your prompt reply. As I am using a 250 lttr tank it would mean that when the tank is full I would have one meter of cane sticking out of the lid. I will try a modified system using a float and string with a weight on it dangling down the out side It will have to pass through either a dead eye or small block to counteract any friction from the tank edge. Reading through some of the questions on feed and contents of the pot I make my own feed from nettles, seaweed, soaked for a few months in water and strained, it would appear to have a ph of about 6.5 and does not appear to deposit a sediment. Should I keep using this or get some of yours instead? I am also using my own compost mixed with a propriety one, should I add anything else to it? I have never use perlight or any pebbles. The two spiders I use are set directly in the soil feeding a wigwam of runner and French beans which are doing fine. Sorry to rabbit on Regards Tim - Posted by Tim ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim......If you are having good results using / creating your own compost and feed....I would stick with what you are doing....you could add some perlite to your compost so that more air is available to the root zone and if you like you could add a quarter strength liquid feed to your feed...just to add some background elements to your natural feed....However if it is all working for you then why change.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... one of my my aqua valves is not pulling water from my tank - any ideas - Posted by eamonn

Josh's Answer... Hi Eamonn, Has this been corrected and a new AQUAvalve has been sent....Any problems please let me know.

The Question Asked... hi - I'm looking to extend the pots system I currently have for next year and was concidering the new Flexi Tank to supply the water. how stable is the tank? at present my 47l tank is raised up via a couple of breaze blocks - not the prettiest of so,utions but works - would a similar structure work with the flexi tank or does it require a more substantial base? cheers jamie - Posted by jamie glendinning

Josh's Answer... Hi Jamie......Using bricks will be fine, just simply put a sheet of ply or similar on top....The plastic is very think, you just need to ensure that the surface is smooth / flat......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I am currently using an air pump with airstone in my 47ltr reservoir to provide oxygen to my plants. My question is should i still use a airdome`s in my autopots? Thanks. - Posted by Brent

Josh's Answer... Hi Brent.....Personally I would only use a small pump in the tank not an air stone....If you use an air stone it tends to raies the pH.....it is just a natural occurance.....a small pump is better....Neither are necessary, as each time the water comes in through the AQUAvalve nozzel it is air is added to the water. Using an AirDome in each pot is much better...We have recored results of up to 130% . Please have a look at the AirDome instructions and also the new brochure (black version).....lots of your question will be answered here...if you need any further help please let me know....Josh...

The Question Asked... hi josh can you tell me do i need to add a bud or flower nutrient at that stage of the grow regards jim - Posted by jim o`riordan

Josh's Answer... Hi Jim........We only supply a general feed called easy2grow liquid Feed...this feed can be used for the whole of any plants life cycle. If you are using specialist feeds...I would suggest you use a grow feed during the growth of the plant....Once the plant starts to produce flowers/fruit the you can add a feed high in P & K ..a flowering / fruiting feed....Josh....

The Question Asked... I ordered promotional cd for my dad Stanley who is 90 years old, the format of cd does not work on dvd/cd player, which was bought especially for my dad to view your cd (other cd's work OK so it is not a problem with the player). Is it just something wrong with this particular cd? are you able to re-send another to my dad or??? If so, let me know and I will re-order on line again for him - he is soooooo anxious to find out more info and has been very interested for the past few years in hydroponics. Many thanks. - Posted by Stanley Minshull

Josh's Answer... Hi Stanley...The DVD's are only designed to be played through a computer......Josh...

The Question Asked... Adding a tap to the feed barrel: Hi - just thought I'd share a simple idea for the 20ltr feed barrels (which are a little difficult to extract feed from at a sensible rate!) 1) Place the barrel on it's side (lid tightly on!) 2) Drill a 10mm hole into the plastic (very close to the bottom of the barrel) 3) Insert an Autopot top-hat grommet into the 10mm hole (make sure the hole is free of debris first) 4) Insert a short length of 6mm pipe into the top-hat grommet (maybe 6" long) 5) Insert an in-line tap from Autopot's 6mm range of fittings into the end of the pipe 6) Add another piece of 6mm pipe to the end of the tap Now I can add feed to my measuring jugs etc at a sensible flow rate rather than feeding my toes and the garage floor! Ed. - Posted by Edward

Josh's Answer... What a great idea Edward....Thanks for the tip....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi JOsh! I have 4 aqua valve system witch is all connected to each other from the tank. But one of them is fillin gup the 1pottray to much so it floods over. I have checked the yellow rubber nods so that they are right above the hole, what am i doing wrong? The one that floods over is the second in row from the tank. Also im woundering how long its supposed to take before the water will flood back after the "dry" season, thinking of the "Wet & Dry cykel". Cause it has gone some days and its still dry.. Is it something i havent done correct here? Regards Martin - Posted by Martin Arvidsson

Josh's Answer... Hi Martin....If you would kindly call the office someone will be able to help.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi there we are looking into buying a water butt back in the Uk they are around 25£ + attachements. I can't figure out what your currency is to see if it is good value for money you are selling it for?? Kind regards Maja - Posted by maja

Josh's Answer... Hi Maja....If you go into the on-line shop you will see that our currency is Great British Pounds (£)...hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hello Josh! I just want to find out what is the minimum space required to set up a 60pot x easy2grow kit with 350L water tank. Thanks much. Cheers! - Posted by Syran

Josh's Answer... Hi Syran....This all depends on how much space you require between the plants and the type of plant you are growing...so that you have access around the plants......Please go to the home page....and look at the new brochure..it is the black one...there is load of up to date info here....the tray size is also there so you can calculate how you would like to layout 30 easy2grow trays....I would not suggest you grow in an area less than 5 x 6 meters....or around 30 sq meters.....the layout will depend on the width and lenght of your area....hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hello Josh! I just want to find out what is the minimum space required to set up a 60pot x easy2grow kit with 350L water tank. Thanks much. Cheers! - Posted by Syran

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The Question Asked... Hi there Josh I hope you're doing well. I am writing to you to enquire about the use of Mapito growing medium in the Autopot system as it is currently my favourite medium for my method of growing. I notice that it is recommended to add a 30-40% addition of perlite using these systems but wondered if that would be mainly just for mediums such as soil or coco which I have known to become quite easily compacted in pot ponics. My next question regards flushing the roots at the end of a growing season to remove any excess nutes from the medium, as this is a bottom feeding technique I am assuming that there may be traces of minerals etc nearer the top of the pots. In this case would one be accepted to gently (as not to damage the roots) temporarily remove the pot from the system and water from above allowing the run off to drain into another bucket or something?. I look forward to your reply as I feel that this may be the system for me. P.S when ordering would I be able to request 8.5 litre pots rather than 15 litre pots? - Posted by Subak

Josh's Answer... Hi Subak...... Mapito is the most popular growing medium in holland, excellent results with a new organic element. Mapito comes highly recommended and is one of the best growing mediums out there Mapito is a substrate blend which uses rockwool and PU flakes (poly urethane). Because of this Mapito contains organic elements which will speed up the start of the grow. It has got a solid structure with an optimum balance of water and oxygen. These qualities will see a top result. Before use one should rinse the Mapito out to lower the current EC value. Also adjust the pH value between 5.5-5.8. Once this has been done you can start with the desired EC value. The above will work well with AutoPot......you may have to top water for a week to get the roots down, as I am not sure on the capillary action ...Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh thinking about buying a 8 pod system model number is ap200/sq/8 but also want 8 airdomes and pipe work and air pump could you give me a price for the whole set up and what size is the system as need to to know what size grow tent to purchase many thanks dave - Posted by dave

Josh's Answer... Hi Dave......If you would kindly call the office and ask for either Jason or Paul...they will help you....A 2sq meter tent will be fine for this.......tank on the outside....Josh.....The guys will run you through the AirDome set-up when you call. We are open 9-5.....

The Question Asked... Hi, do you ship to Norway? Or only UK? Jon - Posted by Jon

Josh's Answer... Hi Jon....We have a distributor in Norway....they can be contacted http://northgrow.no/.....any further problems please let me know...Josh...

The Question Asked... How do i track my order? - Posted by martin kent

Josh's Answer... Hi Martin.....If you call the office and ask for Kate she will be to advise you...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh i have an 8x6 greenhouse in which i grow 10 tom plants 4 on each side and 2 at the back end all directly in the ground which system do you think i should use and the cost of setting up regards Jim - Posted by Jim Payne

Josh's Answer... Hi Jim.....The easy2grow systems are the best....(the tray holding two 8.5 ltr pots.....If you go to http://www.autopot.co.uk/watering-systems/easy2grow-kits/autopot-8-x6-greenhouse-using-2pot-extension-kits this will show you what you need.....Any questions please call the office and Jason will advise as he designed the system...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi can you tell me if there should be a rubber seal around the hole in the bottom of the resevoir? As mine has no air tight seal and the 6mil pipe is baggy in the hole?! - Posted by mark

Josh's Answer... Hi Mark....There should be a 6mm Top Hat Grommet that should have been either with the tank...or in the accessory pack...Please call the office and we will arrange for one to be sent to you...Please ask for Kate...Josh..

The Question Asked... Very pleased with easy2grow kit after first year. Sadly, time to put it away; can you tell me what do I need to do in terms of cleaning it up ready for next year please. Thanks in advance. - Posted by Christine Mellor

Josh's Answer... Hi Christine..... Glad you had good results......CLEANING.....Simply wash the trays/pots/tank & store away....The 6mm pipe can either be replaced or flushed through....This is often over looked.....if left the sediment left from the feed & water inside the pipe crystalises inside the pipe....The following year people start again, the water then wets the sediment inside the pipe... it then washes down towards the AQUAvalve nozzel and blocks it.....So flushing or replacing the pipe is important.....The AQUAvalve can be taken apart...please see the AQUAvalve animation...the parts simply snap apart......then remove the yellow silicons and wash with soapy warm water with an old tooth brush.....and put back together....ensure that the holes for the silicones are completely dry before you replace the silicones.....Also take a paper clip or similar and push through the AQUAvalve nozzel to remove a sediment that has built up and blow through to be sure all is clear for the following season....and that is it really....just make sure you push the silicones in as far as they will go.....using the flat end of a pencil will help....especially on the bottom float where the water is cut off.....Hope this helps......Josh.....

The Question Asked... PS - 1. Would a mixture of 50/50 Perlite & Vermiculite work as a grow medium for the Single AutoPot ? & 2. Are your single concentration liquid nutrients available in the US ? If so, where ? Thanks again. - Posted by Bruce (again)

Josh's Answer... Hi Bruce, Perlite & Vermiculite will work fine.....just ensure that you clean the bottom/sides of the pots before you put them in the tray...you don't want perlite and vermiculite floating around the AQUAvalve....The single part food I'm afraid is not available in the US......A similar product is IONIC....but any clean feed will be fine...just keep away from organic feeds none are suitable for systems that use small pipe work....Josh

The Question Asked... Yo Josh, I am Stateside, across The Pond. Recently I purchased a 47 liter Reservoir which came with lid and top hat grommet only. I have also ordered online and have yet to receive 2 Single Pots. My questions are: 1. Will the Single Pots come with the 6mm (Golf?) Filter to install inside of the Reservoir ? If not, where can I order such a small item from in the US ? 2. Since I ordered 2 Single Pots separately will I need to purchase some sort of (T-?)connector which would normally come with a 2 Single Pot Kit System to run them both off the 1 Reservoir which I purchased separately ? 3. I would also like to know where I can purchase AirDomes in the States. I am in Tucson, Arizona, but would order online if need be. Cheers. - Posted by Bruce

Josh's Answer... Hi Bruce......If you contact the people you bought it from they should be able to help....If not please contact either Future Garden in NY or HydroDynamics.....they should be able to help......Sorry I'm not much help on this issue but once our products leave the UK we are blind to how they are selling them.....A single 6mm Tee will allow you to supply both pots from one tank......AirDomes....try the two companies I have just suggested....The filter in the UK is a separate part but both these companies should have them......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, With regards to the medium plant supports that you sell .... do they fit into the pots supplied with the 2 pot system because i purchased some large plant supports from the shop and they didnt fit? Thanks Ben - Posted by Ben

Josh's Answer... Hi Ben, All our plant supports (Medium & Large) fit in all the pots...15ltr & 8.5ltr.....The spikes at the bottom are just adjusted so that they slot in the pots....Josh....

The Question Asked... I am trying to set up my wilma system but do not know how to connect the filter to the 47 Litre tank. Could you please tell me how it is done. Thanks - Posted by kevin patnel

Josh's Answer... Hi Kevin....We do not sell the Wilma System....this is manufactured by Nutriculture, their details can be found in the distributor section on our site......If using our tank (47ltr) then the 6mm Golf filter will be what you require...the pipe is pushed through the gromment at the bottom of the tank...so that there is around 2-3cm inside the tank.....then push the 6mm Golf Filter into the pipe.....Hope this helps Josh.....

The Question Asked... Would adding E.M. (effective microorganisms) to my reservoir damage the pumps, hoses, or any other part of my AutoPots? I'm growing tomatoes in four of my pots and have generated lots of leaves but no fruit. I'm looking at the E.M. bottles sold by suppliers such as Emerald Earth. http://www.emearth.com/emshop/ - Posted by Dale

Josh's Answer... Hi Dale......I would be careful about adding EM to the tank...as it may cause blockages in the lines and AQUAvalve nozzel.....There is no harm in trying...but I would keep an eye on it......Josh...let me know how you go....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh. Im using soil in my autopots which i will need to feed from time to time. Im using organic nutes which i'd rather not put through the reservoir. Should i top feed as necessary or pour directly into the tray to bottom feed? Also i see you recommend a soil perlite mix. I'd rather not use perlite. Is there a suitable substitute in your opinion? - Posted by Daniel

Josh's Answer... Hi Daniel.....Please don't add organic feeds to the tank.......Organic feeds are not suitable for any systems using small pipe....it will block them....I would suggest you add the water in the tray, dont pour through the top...Any salt build up occurs in the top of the substrate in the pot, so by pouring it through the top of the pot will wash any salt down to the root zone.....you can use pH stable pebbles..infact anything that will increase the air content in the mix.....if you have anything in mind let me know and I will advise if OK......Basically your aim is to create a nice fluffy mix...Josh....

The Question Asked... Josh can you tell me which system i need to grow only tomatoes in my greenhouse 8x6 ----Fred - Posted by FRED LEWIS

Josh's Answer... Hi Fred....Without doubt the easy2grow Extension Kit......have a look in the easy2grow Section of the on-line shop....scroll down the easy2grow section and you will see an example of a 8 x6 greenhouse set-up....Any further problems please call the office.....Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... How do you get access to "Autopot resource centre"? http://www.autopot.co.uk/ftp It asks for a password but my login one does not get accepted. - Posted by Ken

Josh's Answer... Dear Ken....The Resource Centre is for stores/distributors to use.. If you are one of these please contact heather@autopot.co.uk.....or alternatively we can always send you a CD....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi I am planning to give an easy2grow kit to my daughter this Christmas. Am I able to include this with my own order but have it delivered to her address in Cowbridge Wales please. Regards Tim - Posted by Tim ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim....Unfortunately as this will be for two destinations you will need to place two orders as we can not split the delivery costs....There is free delivery until midnight...so this will not apply....But as of the 1st November there will be discounted goods leading up to Xmas...the November newsletter will be sent out tomorrow...Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi Have used 2 spyders to grow bean with great success, however when I came to dig them up at the end of the season i found that the capillary strips had disintegrated and fell apart when handled. Is this normal? The ground around the runners seemed drier than I expected, whereas the French Beans, which are still producing, seems quite moist. Regards Tim - Posted by Tim ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Again Tim.....The mattting can last up to two seasons...but I would suggest it is replaced at the end of each season to ensure good results the following season.....and to avoid transfer of any diseases.....Josh...

The Question Asked... I am living in South Africa, Lipopo province Phalaborwa. This is the place called better than the South. I am interisting in the Auto Pot with the two green 5L holders and the auto valve. I want to order the sistem to start farming on a big scale with Hydroponics. Please giade me to order the sistem, and also the correct web side and costing if possible in Rand. Thank you Regards Paul Cronje - Posted by Paul Cronje

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul....If you wish to order an easy2grow Kit to do some tests please contact the GrowShop in SA...their details can be found in the distributor section of our website......If you could supply more information via email....size of set -up. plants you wish to grow....infact as much information as you can we can then provide you with some information of the costs involved. All prices quoted will be in pounds Sterling as this is the currency we work in.....Josh...

The Question Asked... do you distributor in southern ireland - Posted by Patrick Collins

Josh's Answer... Hi Patrick....There are some outlet in Southern Ireland......If you drop a quick email to paul@autopot.co.uk he will be able to advise.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, Thinking of growing Strawberry's next year is the Autopot system ok for this ? Kind Regards Gareth.......... - Posted by Gareth Waters

Josh's Answer... Hi Gareth.....The systems will grow anything....With Strawberries use a nice fluffy mix...such as compost mixed with perlite...half and half.....this will work a treat...Josh......

The Question Asked... IF I BUY A 6POT SYSTEM, WILL I NEED 6 AIRDOMES?. HOW MANY AIRPUMPS AND WHAT OTHER ITEMS WILL INEED FROM YOU. AND A TOTAL PRICE. MANY THANKS. JOEL M. MARCUS. - Posted by joel marcus

Josh's Answer... Hi Joel....It is not necessary to use the AirDome in each pot...If you decide to use them you can easily increase production and plant growth...You will only need 1 air pump ...just treat the air supply to each AirDome like the water supply....simple 6mm pipe with the necessary 6mm connections....Everything is in the On-line shop....have a look around it is quite simple....Any other questions....or you are little unsure just call the office.....Josh......

The Question Asked... I have a greenhouse autopot system linked to a 200ltr waterbutt to grow tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Do I use fertiliser in the waterbutt all the time right from the start of transplanting? I have been using Tomorite liquid tomato fertiliser throughout the past 2 seasons but have had a problem with bottom end rot on the tomatoes and a poor crop, though the peppers have fruited like topsy. Is this because I have used fertiliser every time I've refilled the waterbutt and potentially over-fertilised the tomatoes? thanks - Posted by Gill Bright

Josh's Answer... Hi Gill.....Strange you are getting Blossom end Rot but the peppers are great on the same feed...If using compost mixed with perlite.....this is a good mix of substrates to use.....pot up..water through...allow the plants to establish in the pots for up to 3-4 weeks in the early part of the season.....then turn the system on.....if you feel the plants need some water during this time...simply turn the water on for an hour...and then off again.....After 6-8 weeks add feed to the tank.....every time you add water...you are not over feeding....it maybe the strain of tomato and also the Tomorite feed....not really a very good feed...it's just marketed well....you may well notice lots of sediment at the bottom of your tank...this is from the feed you are using.....try the easy2grow feed next season....Also if you would like to speak to someone at the office ask for Jason....he has 25 years commercial experience and will be able to help much better than I and maybe ask you more questions to get to the bottom of the poor tomato crops......Hope this helps....Josh...

The Question Asked... JOSH I LIVE IN BODMIN CORNWALL WHERE IS THE NEAREST AGENT WHO SELLS AN AUTO POT SYSTEM ??. m A FROST - Posted by M A FROST

Josh's Answer... Hi Mr....Frost....Try ProGrow in Exeter...ask for Dave or Steve....both very knowledgable and they also deliver....just mention my name.....Hope this helps...If you need any further help just let me know....Josh....

The Question Asked... what pump should i use for a 20 pot system with your air domes? - Posted by bob

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob ....I would use a v60...or similar......You will also need x1 16mm straight connector....push this on to the brass fitting supplied with the v60 then attach 16mm (standard hosepipe) and run the air as you have set up the water supply......only use 6mm airline when using up to 6 pots.....bigger set-up like you are using always supply with bigger pipe and reduce the pipe using either our 16-6mm T's or 16mm-6mm crosses.....much better air flow this way.....Hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello, I was wondering what kind of packaging you send the 6 pot Autopot kits in? i.e do you pack them in just plain brown boxes? Send them as they are? Wrap them in bubble wrap? The reason I ask is because I have noticed a few hydroponics shops wrap their boxes/bags in bubble wrap or black shrink wrap which i do not like. Thank you for taking the time to read my message. Kind regards David - Posted by David

Josh's Answer... Hi David....All our goods are dispatched in plain brown boxes...Josh...

The Question Asked... what is the postage on 48 pot kit - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom....The cost of delivery is £25.00...Josh

The Question Asked... im in australia how much is postage to australia for a 48 pot kit - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom...We will need your full postal address....Please email katie@autopot.co.uk...Thanks Josh... We will just quote for the complete kit excluding the tank as you can source a tank locally....as it will cost too much to send a 350ltr tank.....Any large tank can be adapted...we will provide the grommet to push into the hole once you have drilled it.....Josh...

The Question Asked... wot ph do you use with your own Autopot range of feed. thanks - Posted by David Houston

Josh's Answer... Hi David, It depends what you are growing in ....if coco then the pH in the tank should be 5.6......most other substrates set at 5.8.....Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh, I bought a system X. I wanted to know if I can use "Sure to grow" see link: http://www.suretogrow.com/hydroponic-supply-stg thank you - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi DS........Sure to Grow has no capillary lift....Not a totally suitable meduim to use in our systems....However if you mix it with something else, such as coco, perlite, rockwool this will help the capillary lift of the water......If you do decide to use Sure to Grow you will have to top water for a week or so to ensure the roots get down to the bottom of the pot.....Personally I would either use another substrate or mix of substrates....Josh....

The Question Asked... Is there a difference in pot size between the one pot system and the 2 pot system? I prefer taller pots? - Posted by mervyn

Josh's Answer... Hi Mervyn, the 1Pot system has a 15 ltr pot and the easy2grow systems are supplied with 8.5 ltr pots.....both pot sizes fit in both trays......you can of course choose which pot you prefer.....If you would like to call the office between 9-5 someone will process your request....Josh....

The Question Asked... I just got two double autopots, but have had difficulty getting the valve to work correctly when positioned as instructed. The problem is that the valve is mounted much too low and often does not operate, as it did not from the first time. I have found that pulling the hose tight to lift the hose side of the valve slightly is the only way to get it to operate, as when I don't push the valve in firmly it floats and floods the tent they're in. I haven't found a reliable way of securing the hose in order to allow them to operate hassle free. What can I do to resolve this problem? I have faith in the design, so I also ordered some singles, which operate flawlessly from the box. the doubles just seem defective in the mounting height of the valve. - Posted by wayne

Josh's Answer... Hi Wayne....This should not happen....If you could call the office and ask for Jason or alternatively email your number and someone will call you....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, I am a little unsure as to how the air dome works, does it bubble up water to the roots like a DWC? - Posted by Ciaran Farrelly

Josh's Answer... Hi there Ciaran.....If you go to the instruction sheets section..it is in the "Products"....this will help....The AirDome is simply placed in the bottom of the pot...connected to an air pump.....air is then blown into the base of the pot increasing growth.....If you are still not sure please give the office a ring and we will explain....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, Josh. Just brought home an Easy2Grow kit and can't wait to use it. I have two questions: 1) Is there no other part besides the 6mm Top Hat grommet and 6mm pipe to plug the hole at the bottom of the tank? The picture in the instructions (as well as animations on the web site) depicts what appears to be a nut that slides over the 6mm pipe, inside the tank. My kit came with, simply, the tank with a hole towards the bottom, the grommet, and the pipe. 2) Assuming that no other parts are required... is there a trick to insert the 6mm pipe through the grommet? It took great effort to fit the grommet in the hole to begin with (even using soapy water... now I need to fit the 6mm pipe through the hole in the grommet, which appears to be of a smaller diameter (surely to prevent leaks). - Posted by Daly Gutierrez

Josh's Answer... Hi Daly.... You have all the part...there is no nut...it is just the way the animation was made....the 6mm grommet in the hole...I know it is a tight fit....but it needs to be this way to make it water tight.....next simply push the pipe through the grommet...I either wet the end or use a little washing up liquid on the end and then push through so that there is around 50mm inside the tank...then push the 6mm golf filter into the pipe that is now inside the tank.....hey presto.....Growing tip.....pot up using a nice fluffy mix...please refer to the brochure on the site...a good quality compost mixed with a high % of perlite is a good choice....pot your plants up....water through allow to drain for 20 mins....clean the bottom of the pots before you place in the tray....There is no need to fill the tank for up to 2 weeks at this stage...make the plants work for what you have already poured into the pots...there is plenty of moisture in the compost for a small plant....once you are happy the plants have established then turn the system on....I hope this helps...If you need me again for any help please let me know....Have a lovely New Year...Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi, will the solar powered air pumps be ready in time for April/May 2012? Thanks, Graham. - Posted by Graham Webster

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham....We have been testing pumps but as yet there is not a pump that adequetly pumps the air when light levels are low...at present the technology is not available....we are still searching and testing.....Sorry but at the moment I can not say when they will be for sale.....Have a Great New Year....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi Josh why has some one drilled a big hole in to the top of the water butt lid I guess theres a point to it so could you fill me in thanks - Posted by Nathan%

Josh's Answer... Hi Nathan.....The hole is for one main reason...if it was not there everytime the water left the tank at the bottom the tank would suck in this is basiclly a breather hole.....Josh

The Question Asked... I notice in the picture for top hat grommets that there are 3 on display. Is that 3 top hat grommets for 95p or just 1? - Posted by Dave Roberts

Josh's Answer... Hi Dave...The image is just showing you the product...the cost is for 1 item...Josh....

The Question Asked... if i only grew tomatos in my greenhouse which size pots would you use ? - Posted by FRED LEWIS

Josh's Answer... Hi Fred......I always use the 8.5ltr pot in the 2Pot tray.....this is by far the most popular .....easy2grow extension kits.....use a nice fluffy mix in the pots....water through allow to drain.....give them a clean and place in the trays......no need to turn the system on for a week or two...just let the plants establish before you do....you will create a strong root system this way......any other questions just drop me a line or feel free to call the office....Josh.....

The Question Asked... As an AutoPot Easy2Grow owner, I have enjoyed great success raising smaller tomato varieties in a 50% potting mix / 50% perlite growing medium. Now I am looking to experiment with other crops. For which crops do you suggest using the larger 15 liter pots? Note that I am considering growing a smaller pumpkin variety, used for Fall decoration. I have an area outside the greenhouse that is around 15 x 15 meters in area for this trial. - Posted by Matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt.....To be honest we grow all our crops in the 8.5 ltr pots....tomatoes, cucumbers etc...take a quick look at the Brill View Nurseries videos ....the tomatoes grew to around 16 feet in this pot size......with our technology using a bigger pot does not nesessarily mean a bigger plant......saying that it does not hurt.......You could use the 1Pot module or several AQUAbox Spyders in the 15 x 15 meter space....If outside I would suggest adding a few inches of washed gravel to the bottom of the pot ...just in case it rains...this will stop the roots getting water logged if the tray becomes full of water from the rain...water will always escape out of the in-let hole where the pipe is attached......If you would like to email Jason your telephone number he will call you to advise further....please email mail@autopot.co.uk...Josh...

The Question Asked... Sending an order for new discs, filter, etc. but need two new nuts (yellow) for the aquavalve 6mm pipe. Can't find these in your spares list - Posted by Margaret

Josh's Answer... Hi Margaret....We will get this item added...in the meantime please place your order and add in the comments section that I have said you can have these for free on this occasion.....Just a little tip...."when you feel the yellow collar grip STOP tightening......this will prevent the collars breaking in the future...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I have been using the Autopot 2 pot modules with great success for a many years now. I notice from your animations that you don't put clay pebbles in the bottom of the pots as I have been doing all this time. I am wondering if I really still need to keep using clay pebbles or can I get away with just a straight coir/perlite mix? Regards, Nigel - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi Nigel...the aim for AutoPot is nice and free draining.....using pebbles at the bottom is no problem the mix of substrates is also not a problem......why fix something that is not broken.......The pebbles as long as they are pH stable will offer the additional drainage at the bottom of the pot....My advise is to leave things as they are.....if you want to try something different......add a higher % of perlite or try a few pots with 33% perlite, 33% coir, 33% pebbles......have a play with a few different mixes...Josh...

The Question Asked... When initially potting up small plants in the pots your instuctions say to water well and the auto pot system should not be required for about 3 weeks. If the potting medium is coir/perlite should the initial watering be performed with liquid fertiliser or just water. I am aware that coir/perlite mix may not have much food. thanks Jeff Hallam - Posted by Jeff Hallam

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff.....If using soil/compost with a perlite mix then just water....as you are using coir and perlite.....pH 5.6....with coir.....and an Ec when the plants are small at arround 1.4......Let them drain, clean off the bottom and sides and then place in the trays.....With this mix I would check the weight of the pot for moisture content every 3-5 days......if you think they are getting light....just add some fertilised & pH balanced water into the tray...and let them soak it up.....DO this until you are happy they have established 2-3 weeks.....then fill the tank...at pH 5.6...if using coir....5.8 if using soil mixes........coir is quite alkaline...Ec 1.8-2.0.....make sure your conditions are good humidity/temp...hey presto....all will work well.....If you need me again please ask away.....Josh...

The Question Asked... I just completed a harvest using only Hydroton(expanded clay) as the medium. The roots did not look as healthy as I would have liked and yield was substantially lower than I expected. I know you recommend coco/perlite mixes, but are there any re-usable mediums you would recommend like hydroton? - Posted by midwestmonster

Josh's Answer... Hi There......Good to hear from you Jason has been keeping up to date with your postings......there have been quite a few errors/mistakes made.....Jason will send you an email over the weekend to advise you on where you went wrong and how to get a better result next time.....It has been interesting to see your efforts & your honest approach.........thank-you.....I will advise Jason that you contacted me....Josh.....

The Question Asked... i have been looking to buy perlite and there seems to be different grades what do you suggest? i need about 100 ltr i have also been looking at soil and i can only find organic soil is this ok or should i use compost 50/50 with perlite, i will be growing toms with autopot system. many thanks Fred - Posted by FRED LEWIS

Josh's Answer... Hi Fred.....All grades of perlite are good....5mm-7mm is the normal grade....or most common perlites used.....Organic or soil......either will be fine...mix up well with the perlite.....pot up....water through well... clean the bottom /sides of the pots....allow to drain and then let the plants work for the moisture for 2-4 weeks then turn on the system.....there should be around 6-8 weeks feed in either soils....so just plain water for this time......after this time you can then start adding feed to the tank......If you need me during the season....just drop me a line and I will help if you need help....Josh....

The Question Asked... appreciate tips - pot sizes etc for melons in greenhouse. - Posted by Derek

Josh's Answer... no problem..if you need anything else please let me know...Josh.. Whoops Sorry Derek....As long as you make the plants work for the water in the pots first before you turn the system on 8.5 ltr pots will be fine....rememebr to use a free draining medium.....compost/perlite mix will be fine.....Sorry I forgot to add the final bit of the question...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh,just done my 1st crop using autopots & love them.Im not great with these sort of things so can you tell me what i need to extend my 2 pot system to 3 pots (cheapest way possible).Im using the 15l pots.I know i will need the pot & tray with aquavalve but what else.I presume i,ll need another fitting so the extra pipe can attatch to the fitting coming from the tank.Also some 6mm pipe so i have enough pipe to reach the plants.I know you can use the discs again but if there cheap i will probably get them as well.Hope this makes sense & thanks for a great product. - Posted by Spencer

Josh's Answer... Hi Spencer...I understand that Paul has contacted you and advised you that we can do this for you by simply purchasing a 1Pot module and we will throw in a 6mm Tee so you can connect it simply to your existing kits....hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... I currently have two systems in my greenhouse each with a reservoir, and 5 double pots, with the fertiliser provided by the smaller (5mm?) pipe. I find that this pipe regularly gets blocked. Could I convert the main supply line from the reservoir to 16mm, and then use the smaller pipes to lead off this to each pair of aquapots? This would mean that I only had to check individual lines from the 16mm pipe to the particular aquapot if it gets blocked. If I can alter this, what do I need for my 2 systems? - Posted by Steve Warburton

Josh's Answer... Hi Steve.......Could you call the office and ask for Jason and he will be able to advise on the items you need....Josh.. Also which feed are you using...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Please can you tell me the dimensions of the Airdome and if you think it would be suitable for use under a 4" Rockwool cube? Cheers! - Posted by Stuart

Josh's Answer... Hi Stuart, The height is 60mm high x 110mm diameter....Will there be anything else around the rockwool cube......is the rockwool cube in a pot..Josh...

The Question Asked... HOW DO I USE THE SQUARES IN THE BOTTOM OF THE POTS - Posted by jroberts

Josh's Answer... Hi ...The plain black squares in the pots and the black & gold squares in the trays gold face up...please go to the website and click on the link...there are lots of animations to show you... http://www.autopot.co.uk/3d-animations-walk-throughs/ josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, How firmly should I pack my medium when using coco/perlite (50/50) with air domes ? Cheers David - Posted by David

Josh's Answer... David, Simply place the AirDome in the bottom of the pot......fill the pot with the 50/50 mix.... pot up your plant and water through with a half strength nutrient.....coco & perlite have no nutrient content in them....also pH for the water when you water through and in the tank should be 5.6 for coco......let the pot drain........before you place in the tray remove any perlite/coco from the side/bottom of the pot....place in the tray ......at this point DO NOT turn the system on or the AirDome...let the plant establish for up to 7 days...once you are happy it has established then turn on the water......after 10-14 days then turn on the AirDome....follow the instructions for the AirDome for when it is on and when it should be off......Cheers Josh.....

The Question Asked... Cheers Josh...like to ask again,since two days ago, about ph, and a household product (for 3 or 4 days only)-By the way someone told me that "Aspirin" (Basicaly Vit. C and SOME OTHER GOOD and BAD THINGS) Could also be used to lower ph for a wile and act as a almost last resort, like someone said the other day...and last but certainly not least, i've allready asked it but i'll ask AGAIN, Sorry,IS, EXPANDED CLAY,( -only WITH ROCKWOOL CUBES (small) on top-), A GOOD MEDIUM OF CULTURE, ask THIS cause like the roots on CLAY pebbles or Little Clay Balls, do you think they'll thrive well??? being such a "DRY" MEDIUM FOR THE ROOTS BODY GROW DOWN EVEN AND Fuzzy White just like WATERED FROM ABOVE??? I'M ASKING BOTH THIS THINGS, and will ask more -CAUSE I WORK HYDROPONICALLY, and WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF INDEED THIS IS A BETTER or a EVENLY GOOD SYSTEM as Top Feed, but we'll see WHAT U SAY The Battery Acid, can u tell me the Concentration,best way to use,is new, better than an OLD one,to get the acid out,the quality of old and new,etc... EXPECT ANXSIOUSLY Your Reply- The BEST FOR U Josh & U ALL at "Auto Pot", IT LOOKS PROMISSING,BUT,SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PUMP OR SOME OTHER THING going bad, especially OVERFLOW, AND THAT I CAN NOT, ABSOLUTELY HAVE!!! But it LOOKS TO BE WORTH IT, please drop aline or two so that we can understand each other OK? YOU KEEP ON LIVING, BUT ALIVE! :) ATT Kim (from Portugal) lol - Posted by Kim

Josh's Answer... Hi Kim..a little confusing but I will try to answer your questions.......1st Aspin....not sure who told you this but it is rubbish...please don't use asprin to grow plants...it is designed to get rid of a head ache...... Clay pebbles mixed with rockwool a nice mix 50/50 is good....Pre treat the pebbles ...especially Hydroton....some pebbles are pre-treated...and are OK to use straight from the bag...Hydroton will need to be soaked in pH 4.5 water for around 72 hours.....give them a mix around for a minute each day and then once they have been pre-treated drain off the water....The rockwool should be soaked in pH 5.4 for around 24 hours ...you can also add half strength nutrients to the water so that the rockwool has some nutrients in it....once stablised drain off the water and mix with the pebbles.....put the pebbles and rockwool in the pots ...place your plants in the pots and put in the trays.....you should top water for the first 7 days and then turn on the system.....pH in the tank should be 5.8....Ec between 1.4-2.0....depending on the stage of the plant...young plants low Ec ...as they grow increase the Ec gradually....BATTERY ACID.......do not use this to lower the pH of your water...use pH down (phosproric Acid)....BATTRERY ACID will KILL YOUR PLANTS......hope the above helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I am thinking about using an aquaPot in a strawberry planter. Does the aquaPot have to remain on the surface of the compost or can it be buried deep inside the compost? The planter, which is available from a well-known high street chain, will contain 12 - 15 plants and about 41 ltrs of compost. Thanks John. - Posted by John Clark

Josh's Answer... Hi John......The aquaPot should be buried so that the top is just proud of the soil level.......you may need a couple to irrigate your area.....If you would like to call the office Jason will fully explain the best way to use them...Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Loving the new videos of the peppers in autopots. I intend using Canna coco this season again. Is it best to use a 50/50 coco/perlite mix throughout the depth of the pots? Or alternatively, say put 1 litre of perlite at the bottom of the pot, then 2 litres of 50/50, then 2 litres of 60/40 coco/perlite, and then 2 litres of 70/30 coco/perlite?. I could imagine if using a 50/50 mix, the top of the pots will dry out in the summer heat and that would be bad for feeding roots at the surface? Secondly, what is the best perlite to use? Silvaperl supercoarse or standard perlite?? Regards, Graham. - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Thank-you....having a few problems at the moment.....but all our fault.....but they should come back.....

The Question Asked... I am a new customer attempting to place an order. Your system would not accept my details, with a query involving spam. Why is that ? - Posted by Andrew McCully

Josh's Answer... Hi Andrew....Not sure why this happened...if possible could you do a screen grab and email it....or please call the office on Monday Morning and we will fix it over the phone..... I have just sent this issue to the technical department.....they should hopefully resolve the problem.........but please call us on Monday if this is still happening...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, can you tell me what you think of the following statement====It’s a simple case of energy re-direction. The tomato plant needs only 3 leaves to assimilate carbon-dioxide and absorb the suns energy. The rest of the leaves are unnecessary. They’re dead waste. If you want to grow incredible tasting tomatoes in half the time and produce 3 to 10 times more tomatoes, you need to use this secret. Many thanks FRED LEWIS - Posted by FRED LEWIS

Josh's Answer... Hi Fred......Never heard of this before...my advice is do not beleive all you read.....we do not practice this in commercial horticulture.......I have never heard of this type of practice.....but give it a go on 1 plant to see what happens...you never know.....Let me know what happens I am intregued...Josh....

The Question Asked... hi i use your liquid plant fertiliser and was thinking if it is for use in both veg and bloom fase?..and can i use it savely in a hydrosystem made of pipes and water pumped up in 1 end and running through the pipes to be recy.in rez? thanks. - Posted by stefan

Josh's Answer... Hi Stefan.....The feed is designed for the AutoPot products but will work in any system, ensure you have the correct pH and Ec...Josh...

The Question Asked... I hav an autopot system and it has been working great. However, the aquavalve seems to be stuck open. Meaning, the entire reservoir drains on the ground : (. I have removed it. Cleaned it and put it back into place, and it still does this. I've used enzyme cleaners as well as H&G drip clean, and it doesn't seem to affect it. Please help, my plants won't survive unless I figure this out! - Posted by Steve

Josh's Answer... Hi Steve, In order to resolve your problems straight away please call the office or email your number to mail@autopot.co.uk and someone will give you a call ...Josh...

The Question Asked... Could you tell me where Im going wrong Ive followed the instuction on the leaflet that came with my autopots but the tray is always full with water it never dries out before refilling the tray can you help.thanks roy - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi Roy, Have you ensured that you have pre-set the AQUAvalve ... by this I mean have you made sure that the yellow silicon on the top float is creating a tight seal on the hole below.....If you email your number to mail@autopot.co.uk we will give you a call....Josh....

The Question Asked... hi there, was just wondering how many working days does it take for yous to deliver? i placed an order on wednesday and was really hoping it would be here today but it still has not arrived, thanks - Posted by scotty

Josh's Answer... Hi Scotty, If you could email the order number to katie@autopot.co.uk she will be able to advise....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hey Josh, just curious if the AQUApot system is as every bit as good as the autopot?? I have not really been able to see any pictures or vids of gardens using it or reviews from people using it. I mainly ask because i use fabric air pruning pots and all though the aquavalve strips look good i am thinking that because i am indoors and want to avoid a strip of moisture on the ground, the AQUApot system might go nicely with the air pruning pots instead. What do you have to say on all this?? - Posted by Ben

Josh's Answer... Hi Ben...As far as i am aware they have not been used in the SmartPots.....not to say that they will not.......You will however ned to only use them with water as using nutrients will cause the inside of the aquaPot to block....you could sit the SmartPots in a tray.....use the medium/large aquaPot in each SmartPot and feed with water.....then every few days pour some water enriched with feed and pH balanced into the tray......this will work fine....Josh....

The Question Asked... Have looked at aquavalve system on web site - looks impressive. I want to invest in a system for my greenhouse. I could get 8 pots in = 2 Easy to Grow kits + 2 Extension kits. But I've looked at you greenhouse animation and I wonder if I can use an existing outside water butt, 16mm piping and 4 extension kits to do the job. What are the advantages of one idea over the other? John - Posted by John

Josh's Answer... Hi John.....Personally I would use your existing water tank and supply the 4 easy2grow Extension Kits using standard 16mm pipe (hosepipe)......I just prefer the method with larger pipe......but either method will work equally as well.....It is really your choice....there will not be any difference in growth or production.....If you need any further advise please call the office and ask for Jason.......thanks Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Is there anywhere that i can buy root control discs in a shop or do i have to buy online from yourselves? - Posted by paddy

Josh's Answer... Hi Paddy...Which area of the country are you in.....if you let us know we can put you in touch with a store close to you....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi Paddy back again!! I live in Lincolnshire, close to Sleaford and 13 miles from Lincoln. However i work near Boston. Hope this helps Paddy - Posted by paddy

Josh's Answer... Hi Paddy, Have you tried BOSTON HYDROPONICS Freiston BOSTON, Lincolnshire PE22 ONX United Kingdom Phone: 01205 761068... If not then there are a few shops in Nottingham....or you can buy from the on-line shop.....postage is around £2.50....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I seem to recall from an earlier artical that you can use coco husks instead of perlight. Have I the wrong end of the stick or is there another type that can be used? Perlight does not seem to be stocked much locally and the small bags that are are disproportional expensive. Regards Tim - Posted by Tim ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim...Yes you are correct you can use coconut husks...please ensure they are clean and have been washed throughly...you can use them mixed with other substrates......Rule of thumb is "Nice and fluffy"......so many types of substrates can be used....if you want to run a few examples pat me I will offer my advice.....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi josh, I have single autopots and was wondering if you have any trays which have the lip ( the lip which the small piping feeds into the aquavalve) on the opposite side to the ones I have received? I have a small space so placing the autopot trays directly opposite each other would help. - Posted by Jake

Josh's Answer... Hi Jake.......I'm afraid that this option is not available the tray is an injection mould and is designed this way.....Sorry.....simply use a longer length of 6mm pipe as this will make it work for you.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I have just got an easy2grow kit with an extension and am just about to start using it for growing vegetables and fruit bushes (blueberries). I have noticed however that the root control membrane seems to be coated with cooper or other substance to help it with its function. My question is if there are any risks of copper residues or whichever other compound used to coat the disks to accumulate in the vegetable/ fruits produced by using your equipment? Are there any publications to back this up? - Posted by Bernardo Luque

Josh's Answer... Hello Bernardo.....There is no systemic take up of the copper, there is also no leaching into the water...Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh My Name is Galen Natoli-Jimenez and I am in year 7 and I am learning about Hydroponics and autopot systems. Anyways what is exactly is an autopot system? Thanks Josh PLz Answer soon - Posted by Galen Natoli-Jimenez

Josh's Answer... Hi Galen.....The AutoPot watering systems are a very simple to use watering system.....they are gravity fed....no water is ever lost....no power, pumps or timers are required. they can be extended so huge greenhouses can be filled with our products...Simply put.....once the AQUAvalve is placed in a tray and then connected to a water tank via a piece of pipe....the water will travel along the inside of the pipe, through the AQUAvalve nozzel and into the tray....once the tray is 20mm deep the incoming water will be shut off.....The plants in the pots...sitting in the tray will then drink all the water...once the water has been consumed the AQUAvalve will then re-open....This is the only system in the world that will allow the plants to be in control....Take a look at the animations on our website and have a look at the new brochure ..it is the black one ...under Products...instructions....there are several languages to choose from......If I can be any further help please do contact me.....It is really nice that you are studying plant growth and especially pleasing that you have found our technology.....Good luck with your studies....Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi Josh My Name is Galen [sounds like gay-len] anyways I'm in Yr7 and we are studying Hydroponics and autopot systems in Australia. What is an autopot system? How Does it work? What equipment is nesecary? Ect.ect.ect. thanks Galen :) - Posted by Galen Natoli-Jimenez

Josh's Answer... Hi Galen......Please see my last message...Josh.....If you need any further help just drop me a note...Josh... :)

The Question Asked... Hi Josh You replyied:- Hi Tim...Yes you are correct you can use coconut husks...please ensure they are clean and have been washed throughly...you can use them mixed with other substrates......Rule of thumb is "Nice and fluffy"......so many types of substrates can be used....if you want to run a few examples pat me I will offer my advice.....Josh.. I am using 1/3 home made sawdust and leaf compost (2 Years old) 1/3 B&Q bark compost 1/3 coco husk plus 10ml Fish blood and bone per pot to grow 2 sun gold, 2 Maltese 2 cucumbers in a Lidle's Green house and 2 gardeners delight outside on a patio. The liquid fertiliser I use is made from nettles, comfery, water and urine plus a little seaweed. steeped for about a year then strained and bottled. I adjust the ph with the 99p shop's tomato fertiliser. I have not noticed any precipitation in the rain butts but as these are used to feed a toilet as well, the water turnover might account for that. Or should I get a propriety fertiliser? Regards Tim - Posted by Tim ingram

Josh's Answer... WOW...Tim you sound like a professor....please be careful.....that you have not over complicted your mix...there are alot of different substrates here...it is very difficult to know what is in what...........I would like to see some photos when you have some......I have never known such a diverse mix....but have a go and let me know what happens....interesting....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh A question on spyder boxes. I use mine in an ordinary soil bed, to feed runner and French beans can you tell me please what the gradient should be from the box to the end of a strip. I tried having the end 10cm below the box last year. It was not easy to get a concomitant gradient so this year I am planning to make a long wedge that has the thick end the depth that the end of the strip has to be. to make cutting the trenches easier. Regards Tim - Posted by Tim ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim.....Where the capillary strips are attached to the AQUAbox I would say around 3"......by the time they have reached the edge of the bed I would have the end no deeper that 6".....a very shallow gradient.......remember to only utilise 6 strips first.....take a look at the instruction sheet for the AQUAbox Spyder .....Products....instructions.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I produce a rich and unique compost tea called GrowBigTea.com and FoodCell concentrate since they are rich in organic matter will it clog the lines? Have others used compost tea successfully without clogging? I support 100 organic and hate anything synthetic or non carbon neutral for all our food and herbs. Also can I order direct to Toronto Canada or do I have to go through a distributor for a 48 pot system to try? any specials available? for my patients? Can I distribute here in Toronto or Canada for you? Thanks Dr.Michael Mangan Chief Scientific Officer LitNgEnergy.com - Posted by Hi Josh

Josh's Answer... Hi There.....People do use various teas......comfrey, nettles etc....you do however need to be careful with thick nutrients as they will tend to block the lines.....have you thought about placing the nutrients in a muslin bag or similar......if using this method you may well need to ckeck the AQUAvalve more often.....it all depends if the nutrients you are using mix well with water and stay in solution.....this is really a matter of trial and error......especially with home made (natural) nutrients.....We do have a distributor in Mitchigan.....please visit the distributors section of the site ....HydroDynamics....any problems getting what you need please let me know straight away......if you send a quick email to Jason the designer he will be able to look at your site in more detail and offer further advice......his details are in the contact sections......hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I have just invested in an Easy2Grow 2 pot system. It would suit my space to have the tank approx 150cm above the tray. The instructions suggest 30-60cm. Do you think this will cause me any problems? Cheers Stu - Posted by Stu

Josh's Answer... Hi Stu...This will be fine......a long as the tank is slightly higher that the trays....all will be OK.....Just remember to re-fill your tank when there is a third left in it......NEVER let it go too low.....no water equals no gravity.......hope this helps...HAPPY GROWING......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I think I asked this question a few days ago but have not seen any reply on my email or in your website, so I will try again. It's about the use of the root control discs and the fact that they are coated with some metal component (cooper?). Considering the way your autopot system works, and since these discs need to be replaced regularly as per your own instructions, are there any problems with cooper residues in the crops produced using your system? are there any studies/ publications on this area? - Posted by Bernardo

Josh's Answer... Hi Bernardo......Sorry I have just replied earlier.......it's very busy at AutoPot at the moment...so please accept my delayed reply....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh...I have just bought a aqua box to waterin my green house. the water but is over 2m away (4 to 5 m) and I want to know if I can get a longer tube or is there a way to join a secon tube to it. also is there a bit of kit to connect to my water but. Thanks Kenn. - Posted by kenn shaw

Josh's Answer... Hi Ken....If you either give us a call at the office....you can buy additional 6mm pipe and 6mm straight connectors we also supply conncetions for water butts....all the information is in the on-line shop area.....please look in the fittings and waterbutts section for the parts you need....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, How often do i have to change the water in the autopot water tank, for a 12 one pot system. thanks nurul - Posted by nurul

Josh's Answer... Hi Nurul......There is no need to replace the water .....this is not a re-circulating system......once the tank is a third full simply re-fill it.....never let it go to low...no water no gravity... If you wish to change the feed from grow to bloom then you can empty the tank and re-fill with the bloom feed.....hope this helps ....Josh....Oh....just a quick one...DO NOT use thick gooey feeds.....keep it simple and use nice clean feeds that stay mixed in the water...Josh...

The Question Asked... What depth of raised bed would you recommend for an autobox spider - Posted by Colin Harris

Josh's Answer... Hi Colin...... A minimum of 8" is a good depth.....the deeper the better.....Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh would you recommend using diahydro as my growing medium or not thanks - Posted by James

Josh's Answer... Hi James......Nice medium.....you'll need to top water for a week to 10 days...just to get the roots down.....We trialed this substrate around 5-6 years ago...it is a nice substrate...just expensive.....loads of natural silicon and very free draining.....it can also be used as an addition mixed with other substrates.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Would you say that your "Easy 2 Grow" fertiliser is suitable for growing tomatoes in a recirculating NFT tank using normal NFT procedures as I am using NFT and autopot this year in my 8*6 greenhouse and would dearly like to use just one fertiliser to make things less complicated. Jeff. - Posted by Jefferey J Clarke

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff...You are correct the e2g fertiliser will be fine for any system......Josh..

The Question Asked... hi Josh, am currently considering extending my autopot system from 3 single autopots connected to a 47ltr res to 4. In doing this would I need to have a bigger res and pipes leading from res to autopots? Thanks in advance for your reply. - Posted by Brent

Josh's Answer... Hi Brent.....You will be fine with just adding another module to the existing tank.....Once you go over 6 then consider using larger tanks and pipe to supply the water...Josh...

The Question Asked... First off, when you enter the wrong security code it tells you to "go back" and resets this entire form. You need to tell your webmaster to fix that. because I know how some sites operate, I copied my text before I submitted. --original-- I have been searching aimlessly for the 6mm filter to keep my valves from clogging up and killing my plants, but no one's sells it in the united states; we don't use that size, nor does any other manufacturer. Then today I read on your website that it was suppose to come with kit. First the valves didn't operate properly cause they were shipped without the cardboard wedge (which still presents itself a problem time and again, and must be treated from time to time) and now I have to deal with random valve clogs. It was a chance happening today that I noticed the pot/plant weighed almost nothing, and the valve didn't operate when removed from the base. I've added a recirculation pump to the tank in order to keep it mixed well, but there is still a slight problem with slimy particle buildup that should be fixed/reduced with a filter. Part of getting the autopot was so that I don't have to keep an eye on the plants. 1580 NE Merman Dr. apt 391 Pullman, WA 99163 USA - Posted by Wayne Loetscher

Josh's Answer... Hi Wayne....You should get a filter with each kit....please contact HydroDynamics they can be found in the distributor section of our site..they have them....Also please do not use gooey fertilisers and re-fill your tank when there is a third of the solution left.......if you continue having problems please let me know...JOSH...

The Question Asked... Hi josh I need a water butt a tap which connects to the plastic black piping which goes into the aqua pots and their fittings Can you list the items I need and what size water butt I ordered one before and that s ideal. It's for an allotment I have one of your waterbutts and pipes and aqua pots one side already but can remember what I ordered. Thanks - Posted by Liz wilson

Josh's Answer... Hi Liz...would you kindly contact paul@autopot.co.uk he will be able to help you obtain the parts you need....Josh...

The Question Asked... I have 4 raised beds which are 3 meters by 1 meter. How many of the spider watering systems will I need? Are the capillary systems standard size or do they have to be cut to size. Also do you have a dual tap so that I can use my water butt for filling up cans and leave it plugged in to system or does it have to be a dedicated system? Best Diana Stephenson - Posted by Diana Stephenson

Josh's Answer... Hi Diana...The matting is supplied in 6 meter lengths and needs to be cut down to size......If you wish to spilt the tap from your tank....simply purchase a 16mm T connector and x2 16mm In-line taps...this will create two outlets for you....Josh..... If you need any further help please call the office...

The Question Asked... how much air does a 8.5 ltr pot need using an airdome? - Posted by colin

Josh's Answer... Dear Colin.....There is no calculation for the required amount of air that is required...we have however added information to the air pump section advising which pump to use depending on the amount of plants......any amount of additional air applied to the root zone is of benefit to the plants as long as the substrate is air retentive..please see the new brochure in....Products.....Instruction Sheets...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, I've got some tomotoes already started in rockwool cubes which I want to use in your easy2gro 2 pot system. I am looking to use hydroton, is there anything I need to look out for, or can I just empty the hydroton balls into the pot and put the plants in with the rock wool? or have I got the whole process completly wrong? - Posted by Mat Johnson

Josh's Answer... Hi Mat ...I would consider using a mix of pebbles and coco or soil....Hydroton pebbles need to be used with another substrate....plus they need pre-treating before you use them as they are very alkaline.....or simply use 50/50 coco and perlite..this will work well....if you are still not sure drop me a line...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, Another question regarding the dimensions of an Aquavalve. Can you let me know the width of the cover box for an AQUAvalve. I want to know if it will fit inside a 65mm square drain pipe. - Posted by Mat Johnson

Josh's Answer... Hi Mat....The size of the AQUAvalve cover is 110mm long x 86mm wide x 60mm high....hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh, during the last two weeks of my fruits flowering is it necessary to flush the nutrients out by top feeding my autopots with just water or could I just fill my res with water? And let my plants suck up the water as normal? Thanks in advance for your answer. - Posted by Brent

Josh's Answer... Hi Brent.....Please don't top water as you will wash the slat build up down to the root zone as this is where the salt excess ends up over time.....this does not affect the plant, as it becomes an air root zone.......simply put pH balanced plain water in the tank and water as usual for the last couple of weeks....Josh....

The Question Asked... Can you please advise what the dilution figure is for the easy2grow fertiliser (i.e. how many litres of fertiliser can be made up from each l litre of the concentrated fertiliser. (/we have a 4pot system, with a 47ltr tank) Many thanks indeed Mrs Vida Toone 2 Hillside Findern Derby DE65 6AZ - Posted by Mrs Vida Toone

Josh's Answer... Dear Mrs Toone.......If you are using a mix of perlite and good quality compost there is no need to use fertiliser for the first 4-6 weeks as there will be enough food in the compost to sustain the plants for this period of time.....I geerally after this period of time use 10ml per liter....therefore a 1 litre bottle will make up 100 litres of water....or two full 47 ltr tanks.....The feed will last for up to two years as long as it is kept in a cool dark place out of the sun....Hope this helps....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi can I but a 12 pot system without the butt, I have a Magnum butt outside my Greenhouse with a 3/4 " pipe fed into the Greenhouse under the base. If so what is the most economical way to purchase what i need without the butt. Many Thanks Trev - Posted by Trevor Bailey

Josh's Answer... Hi Trevor.....This is not a problem...If you would kindly email the office at mail@autopot.co.uk with your requirements they will be able to advise on the parts that you need to irrigate your greenhouse....Josh.......Please advise on the grrenhouse size and the tray design that you require....I would suggest that the easy2grow Extension Kits are best used as this is by far the most popular for greenhouse growing.......

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Galen again can you give general interesting facts about autopot systems. Thx Galen P.S: can you tell me by the end of the school week thanks - Posted by Galen Natoli-Jimenez

Josh's Answer... Hi Galen.....If you go to the website and look at the new brochure...the black one...go to Products ...Information sheets...all the general interesting facts are here...and there is loads more through out the website....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Been using Autopot for a while now using the 6mm pipe. I let the water butt run dry before I refill, will cause air locks ? Because I have just checked my plants and they are all bone dry!! nothing coming out of the auto valves. I checked the pipe feeding the valve and that is dry too, so I checked the feed from the tank and there was flow but nothing getting to the valves. Checked for blocked pipe but all seem ok it's just as if the flow has stopped half way round. Regards Gareth... - Posted by Gareth Waters

Josh's Answer... Hi Gareth........You should never let the tank run dry....when it gets to a third full then you should fill it up......I would check each AQUAvalve .....remove the pipe and the collar.....get a small paper clip and push through the nozzel........then blow through to check the nozzel is clear.......It seem that because you have repeatedly le the tank run dry you have dragged sediment through and blocked the nozzel on the AQUAvalve.......This will fit it....Any further problems let me know...........Josh.....

The Question Asked... My autopot kit has arrived but the grommet is not fitted to the tank. Have you any suggestions on fitting the grommet as the hole in the tank seems to be too small - Posted by Mick Archer

Josh's Answer... Hi Mick....The 6mm grommet is not fitted to the tank...it is supplied in the accessory pack......The hole is very tight...you have to work it into the hole...it can be difficult....but it needs to be to create a water tight seal......I generally work it through from the outside and then pull it through from the inside......If you like a little washing up liquid will help.....and also on the end of the pipe when you push it through the grommet hole......Any further problems....just let me know.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh My sister in law runs a cub pack in The Jo'burgh area of South Africa and is an area organiser. Her pack are growing veg in pots which have to be taken home at weekends and holidays as the pots will dry out. As usual only one person tends to volunteer. Easy to grow pot system sounds the perfect solution. Are you able to help in where she could get some please? I am about to show her my system as she is visiting the U.K. Thanks Tim - Posted by Tim Ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim....We have a distributor in SA...if you go to the website....Distributors/Retailers section...The Grow Shop SA will be able to help.....the owner is Tony he will be able to help ...just mention that you spoke to AutoPot in the UK.....Thanks Josh...

The Question Asked... can the gold and black root control squares be re-used if some of the gold has worn off or do they need to be replaced each year. If they need to be replaced can I buy them in packs of 2 as I only have 2 grow pots. Cheers Richard - Posted by Richard Wilson

Josh's Answer... Hi Richard...The Root Control Discs and Marix are only sold in packs of 8.... The gold does not get worn off...it simply is oxidised with water and air over time.....you can re-use them for up to 2-3 seasons...but most people replace each year.....simply wash them with clean water in the sink then you can re-use them....Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... hey mate do u export to australia, and if so how much for an auto pot 6 pot setup with resivour ect and shipping to tuncurry nsw 2428 australia, extremely keen to get my hands on a setup, cheers ted - Posted by ted

Josh's Answer... Hi Ted......If you email your address details we can obtain a quote for the shipping.....please email mail@autopot.co.uk.....thank Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh. Is that pure coco you are using in the Pepper trial? Are you pruning the peppers as they grow? Each flower bud produces two shoots, are you removing one and letting the other grow? Will you be using Growth Technologies Alpha Mix when you pot up the chillies into the 8.5ii autopopts at Brill View? Thanks again, Graham. - Posted by Graham Webster

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham......At the Pepper Trial we are using Canna and Gold Label coco, nothing mixed in.....just coco......Jason drives the plants in the early stages by restricting the water ......he simply has the system turned off to create a stronger root system.......I know we advise everyone to use a "fluffy" mix.....this is because most people do not take this into account and over water in the early stages......And also Jason has over 25 years experience......The Peppers are grown....with three main stems, any side shoots that grow are removed, take a look at the videos and you will see they are grown similar to tomatoes but instead of 1 main stem...with this variety of pepper we grow 3........ At Brill View Nurseries which will have another video taken in the next week we will be using several substrates...one of them will be GT Alpha Mix....in fact the plants were raised in this substrate......you can see two videos from Brill View Nurseries below the Pepper Trial......Hope this answers all your questions......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello, I have a big bag of vermiculite but no perlite....are the two interchangeable please or should I get some perlite? Thanks - Posted by Les Kimberley

Josh's Answer... Hi Les......Perlite does not absorb water where as Vermiculite is like a sponge and soaks it up.....personally I would suggets Perlite....BUT I do know people that use it instead of Perlite....Rule of thumb with AutoPot is to use a fluffy mix......Hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... how deep do you putthe cappiliary matting in the ground? - Posted by ted cockett

Josh's Answer... Hi Ted......Start from the AQUAbox around 3" below the ground.....by the time you get to the end of the capillary matting it should be around 6" below the soil.....a nice shallow gradient is what you are trying to achieve....Hope this helps.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... For the past two years I have been using your Autopot Easy2Grow systems to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies. I have been very pleased with the results I have achieved, particularly using a coir and vermiculite mix to successfully deliver the water and nutrients to the plants. As I've used coir as a growing medium, I have been using Vitalink Coir Growth and Vitalink Coir Bloom feeds. I do, however, feel that I could do even better. My two "problems" have been the SLIGHT lack of flavour in the tomatoes and the fact that the tomatoes grow too much for my greenhouse and don't particularly produce many trusses at the higher hights. I therefore thought that I might just use the Vitalink Coir Bloom feed only this year. Is this a good idea? Alternatively, I have considered using your own feed liquid, which I believe is a single feed. Is it suitable for my coir/vermiculite mix? Could you please answer both of these questions? Additionally, can you suggest any other solutions to my two problems? Many thanks, Robert Wilson - Posted by Robert Wilson

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert, It sounds like you are doing well, yes the easy2grow Feed will be fine for your substrate blend.....I would mix at a rate of 10ml / litre......I water through and allow the plants to establish before I turn the system on.....sometimes...depending on the weather...it can be up to 3 weeks....The reason the plants do not produce much at the top of the greenhouse is because of the heat at the top of the greenhouse.....Hope this helps Josh...

The Question Asked... Hello, I have an easy 2 grow kit with two trays and four pots on my balcony. My parents gave it to me and helped set it up, and it was working for most of last summer. However, recently I changed some of the plants and noticed that one of the trays doesn't seem to be taking water up - the root discs are only slightly damp and there is no water in the tray. The other tray seems to be working OK. I have looked at the valve in the problem tray and although I don't fully understand the mechanism, I have checked the yellow silicon and it seems to be in the right place. Perhaps you can suggest what I should do next? Many thanks, Louise - Posted by Louise

Josh's Answer... Hi Louise.....If you simply lift the AQUAvalve drop the bottom float.....if water is not coming out in a squirt from the nozzel..then remove from the pipe...take a paper clip and push it through the AQUAvalve nozzel...this will fix your problem...it seems that you have a blockage in the nozzel of your AQUAvalve...Hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... I notice there isnt a lot of updating being done on the website lately. Last entries are over 2 years old, now............late 2009, and we are now in early (ish) 2012 Is this because its a hive of activity in Klaeng, with people too busy to update? Or is it a case of the site laying fallow, due to lack of interest shown in the products in Thailand? It would be a shame if the latter were the case (I am soon to retire in Thailand.....in Banglamung) - Posted by Peter Egremont

Josh's Answer... Hi Peter.....The main site is the UK site...this is updated frequently...the Thai Site is really an information site and just to make the Asian commumity aware of the products.....If you need any help please contact us in the UK but products are available in Thailand when you move there...Josh....

The Question Asked... Does your system work with rockwool...if so, how well - Posted by Jeff Hoffman

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeff.....If you use the rockwool crutons...it works very well indeed...make sure your pH in the tank if using rockwool is around 5.2.....Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... On a flyer in my recent order I see you reccomend "Ideal Mediums".In the past I have used MultiPurpose compost and Perlite. Would I be better using John Innis No2 and 25% Perlite? Please remind me of the positioning of the Marix Discs and the Root Control disc when setting up the pots. Thanks - Posted by Martyn Curtler

Josh's Answer... Hi Martyn, No please keep away from John Innis it is too heavy.....if you are getting good results with your existing blend of substrates please cary on.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh -- I am considering buying an aquavalve system for my greenhouse but am unsure how much water would be needed for the following set-up: I usually set about 8 large-fruiting tomato plants directly into well manured greenhouse soil (in an L-shaped format along two sides of the greenhouse to a total length of about 15 feet by two feet). I have a 1000 litre water tank outside the greenhouse; would that be enough for one growing season for the situation I have described here, please? Up to now I have hand-watered the plants in the greenhouse and have kept the water supply stingy to try and maximise on flavour of tomato. I am just concerned that, despite the sophistication of the aquabox system, it might result in very luxuriant, leafy, sappy growth. Thanks in advance -- gbinnorfolk - Posted by gbinnorfolk

Josh's Answer... Hello..... A 1000 litre tank will be ample, In the early stages of using the AQUAbox design we advise to turn the tap on and off for the first 4-6 weeks.....this helps with a strong root system.....once the plants have established then you can turn the system on full time.......Generally we turn on for a couple of hours at a time and then leave off for several days.....a small root system only requires small amounts of water.....Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello, Can you ship to Portugal? Regrads, Rui - Posted by Rui Guerra

Josh's Answer... Hi Rui....Yes we can ship to Portugal...if you email ... mail@autopot.co.uk with your full address and what you require and then we can proceed......Josh...

The Question Asked... Dear Josh, how long does one filling and emptying cycle last in the easy2grow system? How many cycles in a day? Can your system be compared to a ebb and flow system? - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hello...this is all dependant on the size and type of the plant....if the plants are small then little water is used...but once several months old a 10ft tomato plant will require the AQUAvalve to flood the tray around 10 times....this is also dependant on the temperature...the hotter the day the more it AQUAvalve will work...Hope this helps...Josh....Oh nearly forgot...no this system is not compared to ebb and flow as this is the only system in the world that allows the plants to be in control.....the ebb and flow systems require human intervention......

The Question Asked... Hello Josh, I live in the USA and am finding the retailers selling the autopot systems but not the replacement root control squares. According to your website, it is best to use this root control fabric. However, in my circumstances, could I grow without the replacement root control squares when growing tomatoes, peppers, and other crops? As this is NOT what you recommend for normal setup, feel free to contact me in private by email. I would not want to confuse other growers with alternative ideas based on my situation. - Posted by Matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt.... This is becoming a problem in the USA....pleae try to contact HydroDynamics via our distributors section...they should have loads in stock...please let me know how you go...I would also be interested to know how much they charge you...Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh would u recommend using a air stone in my 200 liter nutrients tank.or a water pump.i read some where that the air separates the water from the nutrients.im using a 28 auto pot system.thanks - Posted by James

Josh's Answer... Hi James....always a water pump...just move the water around.....adding an airstone will increase the pH of the water/feed....Josh...

The Question Asked... Is the blue collar on our our aqua valve nozzle the same as the yellow collar in your description - Posted by C Harris

Josh's Answer... Hi C Harris.....Yes the blue collar is the same as the yellow collar.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Have tried a number of times to place an order on line,but each time I press Confirm Order ,it just keeps putting me back to form for my details .Can you help? Please. - Posted by Arthur Porter

Josh's Answer... Hi Arthur...Could you call the office in the morning and we will help over the phone...Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I'm looking to start a grape tomato commercial farm here in Brazil and I'm comparing hydro systems. I like everything about the autopot sysetem but I read some studies that the Autopot system produces less fruit, weight, compared to the rockwool drip & waste system. is some cases 60% less yield compared to regular hydro systems. http://www.actahort.org/books/694/694_32.htm 1. why do you think that is? 2. what kind of grape or cherry tomatoes yield/plant are you seeing? Kilos/per plant 3. how many tomato plant yields per year? 3, 4, 5 yields per year? 4. the website says the "airdome" will increase yield by 130% are there any studies to support that claim? 5. In what way(s) does the airdome increase yield by 130%? Thanks! JayDee - Posted by jaydee jepsen

Josh's Answer... Hi JayDee....The information you are looking at is almost 10 years old ....it is also the Australian version of the AutoPot......in the UK we have designed a better version of it......Over the last 5 years we have been conducting trials all around the world in all kinds of conditions......All our results compare to that of other systems, without the huge loss of water and feed, please take a look at the website...in the archived newsletters, the trials presently under way....As for the AirDome commercially it is not sensible to use this and not necessary. This is really aproduct that is used in the retail hydroponic market.....it does work very well and does increase yeilds......but on a large commercial scale is not practical.....there are a few companies in Brasil selling our products ...please have a chat with www.autopotbrasil.com... they will soon have some products for you to test...If you need any further technical help please let me know...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Just went to set up my system and noticed the top hat grommet has split and the tank is leaking, can you advise how i get a replacement, thanks Rhona - Posted by Rhona Beecham

Josh's Answer... Hi Rhona...Very strange...that is the first that has ever known to have split....not to worry....you can purchase additional 6mm Top Hat grommets via our on-line shop.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I have a couple of established raised beds and I want to change to a gravity feed watering system rather than mains. There is a water butt near by. I was thinking that the aquapots would be a better idea as it would be harder to sink in the spider or capillary matting. I was wondering how many pots I would need and which size? I have 2 beds - 1 is 1m x 1m and the other 1.5m x 2m. Would I also need the tap/filter or can I just use the grommet? Thanks. - Posted by Kate Wenden

Josh's Answer... Hi Kate.....For the 1m x 1 m sq bed I would suggest 4 large aquaPots and for the larger bed I would suggest 6 large aquaPots....The way I use them is to remove some of the soil/compost 4-6 inches...place a layer of thin cardboard on the soil/compost and position the aquaPots and then replace the previously removed soil.......the aquaPots will be below the soil and the cardboard acts as a wick.....you can use a few layers of newspaper if you like......connect the pipework to your existing tank...you can use our 16mm-6mm in-line filter to connect to the tank and to the 6mm pipe......I would also have a 6mm tap at the end of your pipework so that you can flush the lines and you can also use this tap to guage the pressure of the water.....all you need is a very weak trickle.....adjust the tap at the water butt so that the flow is very low and then have the tap at the end of your run open to see the flow rate......turn off the tap at the end of your run and that is it........if you need any further help....please call the office and ask for jason he is the expert and will be able to help even more than myself......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I have my system set up and every thing seems to be growing alright but i have noticed in the base where the valve sits there are a lot of little white wiggly things in the water.have you any idea what they could be and how to get rid of them. - Posted by Dave

Josh's Answer... Hi Dave....What kind of medium are you using as it may have come from the substrate.......can you provide more information......it sounds like scarid fly larvee........Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Thank you for your help for my sister in law a scout leader/organiser in Jo-burgh S.A. My question is about the possible recovery of perligte at the end of the season. I normally just tip out the pots on to the veg patch and start all over again with fresh compost. If I do that with pots with perlite in them the beds will soon build up a perlite content greater than the 50/50 mix you recommend. Can you recycle the perlite mix by adding fertiliser, I use Blood Bone and Fish meal, or is it possible to easily recover the perlite by washing it out- it floats? What do you, or other users recommend? Regards Tim - Posted by Tim Ingram

Josh's Answer... No problem....Tim....if you need any further help or support...just drop me a quick message.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi josh, I'm sorry to re-post this question from a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't get an answer. Perhaps I gave you the wrone email address? the past two years I have been using your Autopot Easy2Grow systems to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies. I have been very pleased with the results I have achieved, particularly using a coir and vermiculite mix to successfully deliver the water and nutrients to the plants. As I've used coir as a growing medium, I have been using Vitalink Coir Growth and Vitalink Coir Bloom feeds. I do, however, feel that I could do even better. My two "problems" have been the SLIGHT lack of flavour in the tomatoes and the fact that the tomatoes grow too much for my greenhouse and don't particularly produce many trusses at the higher hights. I therefore thought that I might just use the Vitalink Coir Bloom feed only this year. Is this a good idea? Alternatively, I have considered using your own feed liquid, which I believe is a single feed. Is it suitable for my coir/vermiculite mix? I assume that ordinary liquid tomato feed it too strong. Is that correct, or could I use this too if diluted further than stated on the bottle? Could you please answer all my questions, please? Many thanks, Robert Wilson - Posted by Robert Wilson

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert...I did answer this question...please see below...Josh.. Hi Robert, It sounds like you are doing well, yes the easy2grow Feed will be fine for your substrate blend.....I would mix at a rate of 10ml / litre......I water through and allow the plants to establish before I turn the system on.....sometimes...depending on the weather...it can be up to 3 weeks....The reason the plants do not produce much at the top of the greenhouse is because of the heat at the top of the greenhouse.....Hope this helps Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi, what's the optimum amount of air for each airdome in l/pm? - Posted by Jim

Josh's Answer... Hi Jim.......There is no recorded data ......it's not necessary to ovr complicate matters.....If you look at the airpumps in our on-line shop....the suggestions are provided there...Josh.....just follow these guidlines and use a fluffy mix.....this will get the best out of the AirDome.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, This is my first go with autopot for tomato and cucumber would a 30 / 70 mix pearlite / compost be ok ?? Regards Iain - Posted by Iain Paterson

Josh's Answer... Iain......The mix is OK.....Please ensure that once you have potted up and watered through...allow the plants to establish for a few weeks before you turn the system on.....make the plants work for the water already previously poured into the pots......over watering at the plants young age creates a weak plant......work the plant had in the early stages...if you feel concerned ...just feel the weight of the pot/s and turn the water on for a few hours......quite often I leave the water off for arounfd 2-3 weeks depending on the weather.....this is especially important for cucumbers........Hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Thanks for your reply to my question:- .....about the possible recovery of perligte at the end of the season. I normally just tip out the pots on to the veg patch and start all over again with fresh compost. If I do that with pots with perlite in them the beds will soon build up a perlite content greater than the 50/50 mix you recommend. Can you recycle the perlite mix by adding fertiliser, I use Blood Bone and Fish meal, or is it possible to easily recover the perlite by washing it out- it floats? What do you, or other users recommend? ......... Josh's Answer... No problem....Tim....if you need any further help or support...just drop me a quick message.....Josh.... I do not know if I missed something but I am not sure which of the methods of recovery can be or are being used. Regards Tim - Posted by Tim Ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim.....You can use the perlite again, but it will be a pain to attmpt to seperate it.....Most people including myself simply do waht you do and mix it in ....it helps the soil structure......it will rise in water and can be collected but will no doubt be a long drawn out process. As far as I am aware I dont know anyone who recovers the perlite at the end of the season...Sorry I cant be of any further help....How about instead of perlite use ph stable pebbles instead of perlite.....mixed with your compost.......use the irregular pebbles not the round ones......this will make like easier for you.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Thanks for answering some of my questions, but I'd still like to know about liquid tomato feed. Is ordinary liquid tomato feed (NPK 4/5/8) suitable for use with an Autopot system, or is it not soluble enough to work with the valve and a coir/perlite mix? Regards, Robert Wilson - Posted by Robert Wilson

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert.... The issue with the "off the shelf" liquid feeds is that they are really designed to be used from a watering can......and drop alot of salts in the tank...but if you service the valves each month which takes a few minutes and empty the tank and clean out every couple of months...you will be fine.....I simply lift the AQUAvalve from the tray...turn it upside down ...lift the bottom float so I can see the water squirting through the nozzel ...wipe the yellow silicon that cuts off the incoming water and replace it back in the tray.......and repeat the process for each AQUAvalve...it takes around 20 seconds to do this for each valve.....Personally I do this before I go away on hoiliday just to ensure that any sediment build up has been squirted out of the pipe work........Hope this helps...... If using any feeds simply take this proceedure above into account....if using powdered feed simply mix first with hot water to disolve and then mix in the tank....All feeds are OK...you just need to be aware that some are not designed to be used in AutoPot....but all will work if you maintain your system...Hope this helps....Josh.....

The Question Asked... I have water barrels outside my greenhouse and staging inside. When I go on holiday I want to leave my potted plants on capillary matting on the staging. At the moment I have difficulty regulating the water via a timer to wet the matting. Could I put aqua valves directly on the capillary matting with 6mm pipes to the barrels? Will they work like this or will the matting dry out and lose it's capillary action before the valves open again? If you think they will work, how many valves would you suggest on a staging 1.2metres X 0.5metres full of plants - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi TN Graver.....In order for this to work you will need some trays, some polystyrene and an AQUAvalve and AQUAvalve cover for each tray......I use this method effectively at home..... You place the tray/s on the staging making sure they are level.....place the sheet/s of polystyrene in the tray to create a raised level in the tray and then place the capillary matting over the polystyrene so that it drapes into the tray.....ensure it is wet to start the capillary action.....then you place the AQUAvalve & AQUAvalve cover in the tray ensuring that it is sitting on the base of the tray only....NOT the capillary matting and then connect the AQUAvalve/s to the tank...ensure the tank is at the same level of the tray/s ....the water will then travel from the tank into the AQUAvalve and flood the tray to 20mm....the capillary matting will then draw the water up to the level that the plants are sitting on.......if your tank is too big to place on the staging then we do supply a 30 ltr tank which will work well.......If you would like more information please call the office or email to mail@autopot.co.uk and we can send you a sketch to explain further......Josh.........

The Question Asked... Hi how long is delivery and what type of postage? - Posted by ian

Josh's Answer... Hi Ian......delivery at the moment is taking 2-3 working days...delivery is dependant on what you order and is based on weight...Josh....

The Question Asked... I have had 2 yrs with auto pots for tomatoes &cucumbers but toms have been a bit small could you please advise me of a types that are bit bigger so that i can try and get them for this year - Posted by paul rigby

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul....Money Maker, Ailsa Craig, Alicante, Fantasio, F1 Shirley, these are a few.....however my personal favorite is a cherry variety called sungold......all the others I have mentioned are medium red tomatoes......hope this helps......

The Question Asked... Hi josh, I was just wondering if it is possible to attach 16mm pipe/filter to a 47L tank? As I have read you can not run more than 6 pots on the 6mm line. I am looking to run 4 x easy2grow trays on 1 47L tank as my partner wants the tank hidden as she claims water butts are an eye sore. Thanks Nick - Posted by Nick

Josh's Answer... Hi Nick.....You can use 6mm pipe to feed this amount....but you will need to raise it to around 300mm above the highest tray and because you are feeding 8 plants you will need to keep an eye on the tank more frequently......it will work fine........just do not let the tank get too low....when it is a 3rd full fill it back up.........Hope this helps...Josh....

The Question Asked... whats the best soil or medium to use in auto pots? - Posted by daz

Josh's Answer... Hi There.....please go to this link.......open the black brochure and you will see some suggestions......nice and fluffy.....that's what your aim is ....http://www.autopot.co.uk/instruction-sheets/folder .....Josh...

The Question Asked... My Father is about to have a 6ft square green house put up. We are keen on having the easy water kit, (2 x 4 pots or a 1 x 6 pots). My question is though, can the pipe work and pots be configured so that they are around the perimeter of the green house rather than being side by side wihout any pipe work in the middle of the greenhouse floor?. He wants the middle of the green house free of any trip hazards to move around. thanks in advance. Sarah - Posted by Sarah Perkins

Josh's Answer... Hi Sarah.....The configeration of the trays can be however you like.....take a look at the on-line shop ...easy2grow Kits......there is a greenhouse layout suggestion further down the page.......if you need any further help either drop me a line or send and email or call us and we will help you select what you need....Josh...

The Question Asked... hi josh iv got the autopot with 4 pots i want to try the air dome what sort of air pump could i use - Posted by wade a

Josh's Answer... Hi Wade....take a look in the on-line shop section ...AirPumps....this will suggest the correct pump for your system...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Used the easy2grow last couple of years and glad to say they produce nice returns on tomatoes / peppers for the "casual gardener" , even without a greenhouse! 2 questions a) I used 8ltr pots. How deep do they need to be filled with potting mixture. A third full / half full / close to the top b) Potting mixture. Appreciate the ideal is compost/perlite 50:50. I have some Vericulite. Can a compost/vermiculite mixture be used; or even compost/vermiculite/perlite? - Posted by Simon

Josh's Answer... Hi Simon.... An inch or so from the top will be fine.....All of the mixtures will work well.....personally I use compost and perlite....make sure you make the plant work for the first 7-14 days before you turn the system on.....after you have watered the plants through.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, The Aqua pot system is brilliant and stops one pushing freindship with neighbours too far while away! However last year I found some of my pots going dry (I have 2x 4pot systems in the greenhouse). Eventually I took the aquavalve out and found small slugs blocking it up. Sorted it out, washed everythingetc and it was fine. I don't want to put slug pellets in the centre area of the tray because of contaminating the water but have you an answer? I have used pellets on the ground around the trays but they seem to like the water! - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi There...Slugs.....can be a pain........the only way to keep them at bay is to keep an eye on the AQUAvalve area.....I always have the same problem.......they are quite bad at the moment because of the wet weather.... or leave the lids off for the time being..they will not go in the area then...They like it dark....so this will stop them.....when it hopefully starts to get warmer then replace the lids....but still keep an eye on this area....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I'm having trouble with flooding caused by some aquavalves sticking open, I have 14 twin units aquired over the last 3 years. The problem is with both the newer as well as the older units. There is no apparent cause but I noticed a faint round indentation on one of the silicones on one of the water input valves. Can this problem be caused by small debris getting into the pipes? and how critical is the head height in the warer tanks < Hope you can help, Regards, Frank . - Posted by Frank

Josh's Answer... Hi Frank.....Please ensure you use a clean feed...keep the AQUAvalves clean.....especially the silicon that cuts off the incomming water....ensure they are secured down in the tray on the Tee section....Tanks I would ensure that they are around 150mm above the highest tray ......when the tank gets to a 3rd full....re-fill it...never let it get too low.....If you continue having problems with some of the valves ....I would give them a good clean..paying special attention to the area where the water is cut off by the yellow silicon.....The water should fill to around half way on the collar holding the pipe....keep the lids off for the time being so you can keep an eye on it....any further problems please let me know.....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, This is my first time with an easy2grow kit (4 pots and 47L tank). I use a mix of buffered coco (pH 5,5 - 6,5) with 30% of perlite. In the notice, you say that after pouring water in the pots with young plants it is not necessary to put water and fertilizer in the tank during three weeks. It seems a very long time for me... I put 2L of water pH 5,9 + fertilizers + enzymes (EC of solution : 08) in each pot before watching water droping by the bottom. Does this time apply for a mix of coco/perlite ? Thank you for an answer, and I apologise for my bad english. - Posted by Paul

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul......Coco & Perlite very good......water your plants through with pH 5.4-5.6 and Ec 1.2-1.4 and allow to drain...then place in the tray.....the amount of time until you turn the system on depends on the weather/temperture/humidity.....it is important to make the small plants work hard in the early stage of their life....there is pleanty on feed and water in the pot already.......if you are a little concerned....feel the weight of the pot before you pour water through and then after........leave for 7 days then feel the weight of the pot...if you are a little concerned simply turn the system on for a few hours and then off again for 2-4 days....it is just a simple fact of driving the plants when they are young.....Hope this helps....your english is very good...josh....

The Question Asked... Good Morning Josh This is my third season with my autopot system - running 4 pots off one reservoir & I have been very pleased with the results. I am wondering if I should replace the filters that prevent the escape of compost & roots out of the pot ? All the colour has faded & so I don't know which way round they go & I cannot remember whether it was the thin one or the thicker one that went in first - Aged & memory loss !! Comments would be appreciated. Cheers Alan PS Do you really need such ridiculous illegable security codes ??!! - Posted by Alan Fall

Josh's Answer... Hi Alan.....Personally I replace them every year...but the will last a couple of seasons........if you go to the on-line shop or call the office some one will take your order.......please go to Products...instructions as all the info you need is here...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi,having a problem with my aqua valve.Seems to be over filling the resevoir.Ive replaced silicones,and made sure they are sealing as best I can.Made sure the 2 pot system is level.Ive even tried a another valve.Please help - Posted by chris Thompson

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris.....If you call the office or email your number some one will speak to you to resolve the problem....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh currently i have a setup with 2 600W HPS lamps and the Adjust-A-Wings Avenger Large reflector and maybe want to expand my system with 1 or 2 more 600w HPS. Most of the time ill be using clones and the plants will be put into bloom after about 1 or 2 weeks of flowering Therefore i wont have big plants and i tend to buy the easy2grow 60 set since my reflectors cover an area of 3.89m2 each which makes it 7.78m2 now and with my expansion it would be about ~15m2. I already looked at the specs of the autopots but still i need to ask which of your systems covers my needs best. Another question is what kind of fertilizer i should use if i plan to use the pots with rockwool and clay-pebbles or can i use it with clay-pebbles only ? Can is use the hydroponic fertilizer that i already own depending on the substrate? Thank in advance, and I apologise for my bad english - Posted by Steve

Josh's Answer... Hi Steve....Your English is fine.......You have a choice of either the 1Pot System ot the easy2grow system....the choice is completely up to the grower.....from what you are saying I would suggest that the easy2grow Extension Kits would suit your needs.....I would suggest that a mixture of clay and rockwool would be best....50/50....make sure you use pH stable clay pebbles..Hydroton are NOT pH stable and need to be pre-treated before use.....most hydroponic fertilisers are OK......just do not use organic fertilisers as they are too think...Hope this helps...Josh...

The Question Asked... I am interested in the system of the 48 waterig system, how much is it in US dollars and do you ship to California - USA? - Posted by Armando Gonzalez, Jr.

Josh's Answer... Hi Armando..We can ship to CA...but first have you tried to contact HydroDynamics ...their details are on the website...under distributors....if you send them an email copy mail@autopot.co.uk into the email and we will ensure you get what you require....Josh.....

The Question Asked... at what stage do you add the liqid fertliser to the water tanks when growing tomato plants? - Posted by barbara davidson

Josh's Answer... Hi Barbara.......If you are using compost after 4-5 weeks add at a rate of 10ml per litre...or simply follow the directions on the bottle of feed tht you have....Josh..

The Question Asked... Hi Josh .. Can one use onwe autovalve as a central point and fed six plants in normall trays ..autovalve stops after six trays are full or does one need a autovalve for each pot i have a double pot but find that they are t oo close - Posted by SUTBOX

Josh's Answer... Hello there....your question is a little confusing.....not too sure what you are asking......you can put and AQUAvalve in a flat tray with an AQUAvalve cover over it and a little weight on the cover to stop it floating.....this will then flood a tray...that is level to 20mm and then drain....you can then put pots in the tray....or you can use the 1Pot system.....this systems allows you to move the plants apart as they grow bigger.....Josh....

The Question Asked... This is an answer! I had 2 aquavalves which kept flooding whatever I did, replacing silicones etc. So dismantled them and found that the twin floats were half full of water ( making them heavier ) Once they were emptied and reassembled the problem went away. I can only think that the water got in when the aquavalves were being cleaned, sometimes the round plastic lids drop out , if they do, be sure to replace them with the small lug upwards or you will have great difficulty in removing them to check inside the floats. - Posted by Frank

Josh's Answer... Hi Frank......Water... additional weight in the cylinders will increase the flood level.....a max weight of 10 grammes will allow the flood level to be incresed to 35mm.....any more and you are faced with the problem you have been having......The circular caps should be removed before washing to avoid this .....but well worked out.....Josh....

The Question Asked... I recollect that when I first set up my 4 pot autopot system, a few years ago, it recommended that a layer of gravel was put into the bottom of the pots before the growing medium was introduced. I note from your video that the current advice is to use a mixture of compost and perlite straight onto the disc in the pot. What's the benefit of the change? - Posted by colin

Josh's Answer... Hi Colin......washed gravel at the bottom is fine and using a "fluffy mix" will make things better....more air to the root zone.....go to ....Products...Instruction Sheets...the new black brochure....lots of tips here.....Josh....

The Question Asked... I've just set up my first easy2grow kit, and I'm not convinced it is working properly. Specifically, the tray never drains completely. Obviously, I can't watch it 24 hours a day, but whenever I've checked in the 2 weeks since I filled the tank, the water level in the tray is the same, and the pots are sitting in around 10-20mm of water. I thought the point of the valve was to avoid the pots sitting in water all the time, and surely I should see some variation in the water level. Any thoughts on what (if anything) is going wrong? - Posted by Alison Lawson

Josh's Answer... Hi Alison ...have you had sure you have pre-set the AQUAvalve...please go to ....Products...Instruction sheets.......make sure the yellow silicon on the top of the AQUAvalve is sitting on the hole below correctly....this will ensure the flooding and draining is correct.......keep the lid off the AQUAvalve for a while so you can see.....the water should flood to around half way on the collar and then completely drain....by the way how do your plants look....you neglected to mention this......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello there Josh! I have a Secret Jardin II 240x120x200cm with x2 Gavita Pro 600w, I'd love to test your 1Pot Systems in it, I'm thinking 8 pots would be perfect, or do you think 18 pots would be better yield-wise in that space ? and my main question, I live in Norway. It doesn't seem like I can order from your site, which distributor should I use? - Posted by 'Bob'

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob...I would use 4 per square meter.....there is a distributor in Norway, Sweden and Finland..in fact look at the distributors section the info of our suppliers is in this section.....keep the tank outside your room and use 16mm pipe as the main supply line reducing the pipe to 6mm at each AQUAvalve point......also download the new AutoPot brochure....Products...Instruction Sheets......th black brochure....I would suggest a max of 10-12 in this area......Josh...

The Question Asked... I have just constructed a 16 ft x10.5ft glasshouse what system would suit this size glasshouse and do you supply your systems to south of Ireland I tried to register but was unable to regards Gerald - Posted by GERALD CROTTY

Josh's Answer... Hi Gerald...I beleive you have now been advised....If you need further help please let us know....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I was interested in the raised bed system, but to use it in a hydroponic table setup with rock-wool slabs. Would this work? Also how effective is the Capillary Matting in transporting nutrient solutions? Thanks! - Posted by Jack

Josh's Answer... Hi Jack.....To be honest it has not been used this way......there is no reason why it should not work....I would sit the slabs on a level of pH balanced clay pebbels ....the capillary matting will work perfectly well in this situation.....

The Question Asked... On your website you have easy to grow kits £39.99 reduced to £30 ref (AP204/SQ) and further down at the bottom of your online shop is easy to grow kits new £39.99 (AP204/SQ/NEW). What is the difference between the 2 products? - Posted by Paul

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul....This is an error and this section should not be there.....please disregard it thanks for bring it to our attention....Josh..

The Question Asked... Having read some of the Q&A I see that the bottom of the container is meant to be 20mm high and then drain out. Having used autopots for a couple of years I can't recall that this has happened with any detrimental effect. the water sits on or just above the disc in the tray. I have an inch of so of gravel in the pots so the soil is out of contact with the water. by the end of the sason the plants roots eventually spread throughout the gravel to the disc at the of the pot. Do I need to adjust anything? - Posted by Paul

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul.... The AQUAvalve floods to 20mm and then drains until the level reaches the under side of the AQUAvalve...there may be a little water left but the substrate goes through a wet and dry cycle.......have you had bad results or is all growing well.....Josh....

The Question Asked... I'm growing Beefsteak tomatoes indoors using my Autopot system. A few weeks ago, I added a small amount of epsom salt to the top of the soil-less mix that I'm using (perlite + coconut mulch). Doing so seems to provided a boost to the plants. There are more fruit on the vines than there were before and more flowers. I'm wondering if I would get even more benefit by including a small amount of epsom salt with the nutrients that I'm adding to the reservoir. Or, would that run the risk of clogging up the narrow pipes? - Posted by Dale

Josh's Answer... Hi Dale......Epsom Salts are great..they can be used in the tank or as a foliar feed.....you can not over do it ......in the tank....1 teaspoon per 20 ltrs.....foliar feed half a teaspoon in 5 litres .......Epsom Salts are very good......and easily bought from the garden centre or chemist........dilute it in hot/warm water first then add to the spray or tank......don't panic it will not clog up any pipes.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi this morning i wake up and the tank loose 50 liter in 1 night and there was still some water in the floor of the room . Don't know from were it goes out ? an Idea ? thanks - Posted by remi

Josh's Answer... Hi Remi......Could you let me have some more information....the more information you can give me the better help I can give you.... was everything working OK......before..please let me know....also have a look at the 3D animations (AQUAvalve).....is it fixed in the tray, is there a pipe loose...have you broken the nozzel, is the yellow silicone missing on the bottom float......Please tell me more and I will help...Josh

The Question Asked... Hi How do you get the gromet into the tiny hole in the tank? The written instructions and the videos suggest that the gromet should already be fitted into the tank pre-delivery, but mine came separately, and I can't get it in. I'd appreciate advice. Thanks, Barbara P.S. this is my second attempt; on first attempt, I got a message saying I had enetered the security code incorrectly. But instead of giving me another attempt, the system wiped my message, so I had to re-type it. Not at all user-friendly. - Posted by Barbara Uttamchandani

Josh's Answer... Hi Barbara.....If you are having difficulty....please use a 10mm drill bit and just go through the hole quickly this will resolve the problem.....The grommets are now seperate now as the staff were getting sore thumbs....Any further problems please let me know.......Josh.....

The Question Asked... i require 2 straight 6m connectors I can only see T connectors on your site Do you have the straight ones for sale - Posted by

Josh's Answer... Hi There the 6mm Straight connectors are in the 6mm fittings section......Josh... they are just below the Tee conncetors.... http://www.autopot.co.uk/watering-systems/fittings/6mm-fittings this is the link.......Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I am using two spyders to grow Runner and French beans up poles. I have found that although my whole system, 4 easy to grow pots as well as the spyders works according to plan. When I went on a two week holiday. The 250ltr barrel empted in that time, despite the rain. I have since part filled the barrel and watched what happened it drained over 4 days. I then turned the spyders off having made sure their reservoirs were full. They drained dry in two days, indicating that regardless of the rain there is a need to turn the spyders off from time to time as the wicking effect is continual. My question is:- Is there an ideal period between tuning off and turning on (i.e. 1 day,3 days etc) when there is no rain and how long would I need to have them turned on for? Note Next year I will try dwarf varieties as this will utilise the space more effectively Regards Tim PS my son in Edinburgh was so please with the easy to grow Kit I gave him for Christmas he has bought more, and has brought on his plants in the dining room as the garden is very small and he has no green house. Guess what my daughter is getting for her birthday - Posted by Tim Ingram

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim, The AQUAbox Spyders need to be turned on and off for the first few weeks.....as the new matting will pull a great deal of water out in the early stages....I generally water the plants through.....let them establish.....once they have I turn on for a few hours.....to half a day....then turn off for a few days.....I repeat this process for a few weeks and then after this time I leave the AQUAbox Spyders running full time.......I'm glad all the family like the products......Josh......Just remember to work the AQUAbox Spyder in the early stages.....this will bed in the matting.......

The Question Asked... The 16mm in line filter (PF918/16) that connects to my 12 pot watering system is leaking as the washes have perished. Do you supply spare washers for this please. - Posted by Malcolm Shucksmith

Josh's Answer... Hi Malcolm....I'm sorry we are not able to purchase washers...we are only able to buy the complete item from the supplier.....have you tried washing them in soapy water.......if this does not work please give a call at the office or simply go to the on-line shop to purchase another.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh. I have just set up an AQUAbox Spyder on my parents allotment as an experiment for them. The fertiliser they use normally and they would like to keep using in the 47L tank is the Chempak soluble fertilisers. They are a blue soluble crystal powder which come with numbers on the boxes. For example HIGH POTASH feed 4. Would you say that theses fertilisers are clean enough to use in the tank? If they are then great but if not could you suggest some fertiliser types/brands etc we could use that are available in garden centres. At the moment we are growing tomatoes. Thanks Russell. - Posted by Russell

Josh's Answer... Hi Russell..No problem......simply dissolve the amount in hot water first and then mix in your tank.........the ChemPak feed is OK...just keep an eye in the bottom of the tank for salts dropping out........empty the tank every now and then and clean the filter out every month or so........Josh.....

The Question Asked... I have several of your products that I have purchases via ebay and some of your U.S retailers. I am really interested in Aquapot system and I can't seem to find it here in the states. Do you know of any U.S retailer of your products that carries the Aquapot? Also I cant seem to find filters, valves, or replacement parts for the valves in any of the U.S retailers that carry your products. When the yellow thimble is secured in the top of the aquavalve what purpose does it serve. Really what i want to know is if you actually need it or if it simply makes a slight adjustmant - Posted by Michael Koerner

Josh's Answer... Hi Michael......Unfortunately the aquaPots are not available as they have been discontinued.....only old stock is being sold off.....after a period of time they stop working.......they are OK in soft water areas.....but if you use fertiliser in the water they only have a life span of around a year...... Have you tried contacting HydroDynamics ......mention that you spoke to Josh on the UK AutoPot website....any problems please let us know .....another piece of news is that AutoPot will from the 1st August have their own hub based in California.....everything is being set up as we speak......AutoPot USA will be there very soon...... The yellow silicon on the top float is essential....it is part of the design and ensures that the AQUAvalve floods and drains completely before it re-fills......but in the meantime please try HydroDynamics......but please get back to us if you encounter problems....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I have 2 questions; 1: I am building a vertical system and want to use the autopot straights. The lengths will be on an angle. Will the capillary matting still work on an angle as long as the valve is still level? 2: As I want to create long but thin lengths to grow in, can I use capillary matting to run 2 metres either way from the valve and still get the same flow of water as I want to creat 4m length beds that are only about 30cm wide? Thanks a lot. Pete - Posted by Pete Green

Josh's Answer... Hi Pete.......Hmmmmmmm......interesting concept.......the matting you are using is probably the most capillary active matting on the market and under tests on horizontal surfaces the matting allowed water to travel to a distance of 5 meters......if you have the the AQUAbox straight higher up with the matting coming down then no problem.......however if you have the AQUAbox low down with the matting and water transfer going up.....I think not....you will be fighting gravity.....if you have any drawings of your concept please email them to Jason as he is the designer of all the products and will be able to advise better than myself.......mail@autopot.co.uk........Josh....

The Question Asked... I've just set up an autopot system with an extension. One of the aquavalves isn't working. If you take it out, water comes through when the inner float is below the bottom of the casing, but shuts off when it get to the same level. Have you any advice? Thanks - Posted by Hayley

Josh's Answer... Hi Hayley.....have you ensured that the yellow silicone in the bottom float is pushed in fully......If you are still haveing problems please call the office and we will need the AQUAvalve back to check......but we will also send you another in it's place.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I am growing runner beans on my autopot system. The leaves are growing rapidly and quite dense. do i have to cut the the leaves to reduce dencity or leave them as they are? if i have to cut the leaves which ones should i cut? thanks nurul - Posted by nurul

Josh's Answer... Hi Nurul....No please leave the leaves on your beans......removing them is not a good idea......however once beans have set you can remove the leaves around the beans so that the sun can help ripen them...Josh....

The Question Asked... I cannot find RCD and Matrix discs ion the accessories list - Posted by Angela Wilson

Josh's Answer... Hi Angela....Please go to the on-line shop.....in the "Replacement Discs for Kits" you will find what you need....Josh...

The Question Asked... I am using the Autopot system for the first time to grow tomatoes and they are looking very good despite the weather. When checking the valves I have seen that feeder roots are encroaching into the water reservoir. I have removed them in case they block the valve (they are very fine and come away easily)...am I doing the right thing and do you have any further advice about this issue please? - Posted by Leslie Kimberley

Josh's Answer... Hi Leslie.....This is perfectly OK......just keep an eye on them from time to time during the season.....removing roots will not damage the plant....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I used your system and found if very satisyfing. My problem is that while water is flowing into the cavity trays it is not been taken up by the plants in the square pots. Please advise on how to get over this problem. Regards Austin - Posted by Austin Reddin

Josh's Answer... Hi Austin.....Are your plants small.......rule of thumb.....is to water the pots through allow to drain....remove any substrate from the bottom & sides of the pots and place in the tray.....DO NOT turn the system on for 7-10 days.....let the plants establish for this period...there is generally plenty of water in the pot you have just watered through....if you feel a little unsure during this time just feel the weight of the pot and pour some in the tray if you think you need to.......The plants may not be drinking any water because of the reasons I have outlined above.....Hope this helps.......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Got your easy2grow system for tomatoes - excellent. Do you have a product for greenhouse staging or are all your products for the greenhouse floor? - Posted by Graham

Josh's Answer... Hi Graham....Thanks for the comments....At present we do not have a system for greenhouse staging.....however one can easily be made......simply use any tray of any size .....fill the tray with washed pea gravel to a depth of 25mm and cover with capillary matting .... place an AQUAvalve and AQUAvalve cover in one corner making sure that all the pea gravel is pushed to one side so that the AQUAvalve and cover sit on the tray unobstructed.....then simply connect the AQUAvalve to a tank......this will act like a flood and drain capillary table.......then place your pots of any size on the capillary matting...making sure you water each one through once on the matting......this method works very well indeed and will irrigate your plants perfectly....Josh.... Oh ensure your tray is level......

The Question Asked... When fitting the aqua valve to the reservoir it appears that the valves do bot fit tight to the bottom of the tray. Is there a method of pushing the valves to the tray without breaking the half moon section. I take it that too much water will enter the tray unless the valve is tight to the surface of the reservoir base. - Posted by Brian Mason

Josh's Answer... Hi Brian.......I thinnk you are trying to over complicate things...the AQUAvalve is designed to sit slightly above the level of the tray....note there are 3 feet on the underside of the AQUAvalve.......simply ensure that the yellow silicon in the top float is positioned correctly.....it should create a seal on the hole below...please see the instructions...it is very simple and only need to be performed once.......then connect to the T section in the tray.......hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh - I have two auto-pot systems set up, two 47ltr tanks feeding 4 pots each. I have Peppers, Aubergine, Cucumber and tomatoes, all doing well so far. My question is regarding the easy2grow feed. How long should it be left in the tank before refreshing - can it be left until the tank is empty or should it be refreshed after a couple of weeks? At the moment the tanks don't seem to be using much as the weather hasn't been great so the nutrient has been in for several weeks and I'm worrying this might be a problem. The tanks are in a cool dark place so shouldn't be affected by heat. I was thinking about using Vitalink Bloom but was advised that this would need refreshing after about a week which made me wonder about the easy2grow as well? cheers Hayley - Posted by Hayley

Josh's Answer... Hi Hayley......Very simply the feed will be fine for as long as it is there.......DO NOT let the tank run empty....when the tank gets to around a third full re-fill it with water and feed.....there is no need to throw away the water and feed after 2-3 weeks.......this is the same for all other feeds......whoever told you that Vitalink feed would need refreshing after a week is not correct.....the feed can be left alone........after a few months if you notice that there is alot of salt in the bottom of the tank...then you can empty and clean the filter.......but it is not always necessary.......Please be careful what advice you are given......if you are not sure please drop me a line and I will help you out.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, first sorry my english..... 1) Im'french , and i would like to know if your air pump models are coming with "french electricity plug" or they are only coming for " UK electricity plug". 2)For the airdome : is it possible to cover it with a little piece of "roots control film" i hope you understand my question.... thanks a lot for your answer. have a good day! Duns - Posted by Duns

Josh's Answer... Hi Duns.......All our air pumps only come with a UK plug......but you can buy air pumps in France with a two pin plug.....it is no problem placing a piece of root control fablic over the AirDome but iit is not necessary......the substrate will not fall into the AirDome area.....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi The aqua valve has suddenly started flooding the reservoir. It was ok last season and the beginning of this but now the aquapot is draining fast and overflowing via where the tube enters the reservoir to connect to the aquavalve. any ideas as to what I should do to correct the situation. thanks - Posted by Paul

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul......To suddenly start flooding you must have done something......1) is there anything floating around the AQUAvalve ...perlite for example....you must make sure the area around the AQUAvalve is clean and free of growing material....2) Are any roots interferering with the AQUAvalve...3) is the AQUAvalve secured to the T section of the tray.......4) Have you looked at the yellow silicon in the bottom float "where the incoming water is cut off" to make sure there is nothing stuck to it.......by any chance have you kicked the pipe and possibly cracked the AQUAvalve connection point.......these are a few questions that you can check......I would remove the AQUAvalve and ensure that all the above are checked.......give it a good clean and then replace it and let me know....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, Am going to transplant my clones, which are currently in their jiffy bags, into their new 15l autopots. Am not sure how long to hand feed/water them, before they will take up the solution on their own, from the bottom of the pot. Am concerned, as the roots have only just sprouted and are a long way from the bottom. Thank you. Claudio - Posted by Claudio

Josh's Answer... Hi Claudio.....In an ideal world you should pot up your sprouted plants into a 3-5" pots first and let it establish in that pot first ....it is not good practice to pot up a very small plant in to a 15ltr pot...once the plants have established in the smaller pots and have a good root system pot up into the 15ltr pots and water through.....there is emough water in the pot for 4-14 days so do not turn your system on until the plants have established......then turn it on....make the plants work hard for the water.....Josh....

The Question Asked... have my lights together goingto order the 2 pot system...need to order all nutrients and bloom to run one grow....what would you recommend....for this - Posted by raul

Josh's Answer... Hi Raul....Use a clean mineral fertiliser...most are OK with AutoPot....keep away from organic feeds....they will work but you will need to clean your AQUAvalve once a week if using organic feeds.....mineral fertilisers are much better to use....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Thank you for your answer on my last question. I have a nother problem some of the leaves are having white patches and drying out on the edges. I have been told that it is nutrient burn. i am using feeding chart from canna which recommends EC 1.0 - 1.5 during fast growth. please see below information about the nutrient i am using and the way grow room is set-up. EC=1.2, PH=6.0, Day-temp=26/27, Night-temp=20/21, Day-humid=45/50, Night-humid=65/70 Grow media=canna coco professional, Lights used=UV, Nutrient used=coco a&b,rhizotonic,cannazyme,cannaboost, pk 13/14 Grow room is fitted with air IN and air OUT vent Fan. also have 2 ossilating fan on 2 sides. Am i doing something wrong?? thanks nurul - Posted by Nurul Islam

Josh's Answer... Hi Nurul......Looks to me that you are using too many additives.....it is not necessary.....I would suggest that you remove your plants from the trays.....and pour pH 5.8 water through the pots and allow to drain....Please do not think you need to use lots and lots of different additives it really is not necessary.....a simple mineral fertiliser is all you need....don't over complicate things...keep it simple......you are correct the issue is over fertilisation....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh, I have purchased some AutoPot valves to trial in an industiral application where a variety of liquid mediums will be used. They will also be flushed with water that has a cleaning agent in it. I cannot find details of the materials used for the valve and I am concerned that the plastic used may not be suitable. Can you please confirm what material is used for the body? I can see from your answers that the yellow plug is made from silicone so this will be resistant to all my chemicals but I cannot see what the body is made from. Thanks and regards, Steve - Posted by Steve

Josh's Answer... Hi Steve....The AQUAvalve is made from ABS......and is safe to use....be aware of organic feeds.....if using them you will need to clean the AQUAvalves once a week ..mineral feeds are much better to use....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Will height of the tank affect the aquavalve. What is the max height that the tank could go. I would like to run easy2grow units on 2 levels from one tank. thanks Pete - Posted by Pete

Josh's Answer... Hi Pete....The higher the better for the tank....but a minimum of 150mm above the hihest AQUAvalve is OK....Also when the tank gets to a third full re-fill it never let the tank run empty.....no water no gravity pressure.....Hope this helps Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi, Regarding the grommet for the 47ltr tank does this insert from inside or outside the tank? Thanks, Phil. - Posted by Phil Breedon

Josh's Answer... Hi Phil......Push the 6mm top hat grommet from the outside into the hole......if you encounter some difficulty...simply run a 10mm drill bit through the hole........Josh.....

The Question Asked... what is the recommended volume of air 1 autopot should recieve , is 50L per hour enough ? - Posted by martin

Josh's Answer... Hi Martin......That will be fine...there is not recommendation.....as long as air purferates through all will be working fine........Josh....

The Question Asked... I recently ordered the two-pot system, without the 47l reservoir. I'm using my own plastic container as a reservoir. I also need a filter to fit the opening of the 6 mm tubing, but none was included in my kit. I can't seem to find any filters on line. Can you help? Thanks- Glen - Posted by Glen

Josh's Answer... Hi Glen...If you go to the fitting section of our website 6mm parts you will see the fitting there......you will not receive a filter if you did not buy a complete easy2grow Kit......you will not doubt need a 6mm top hat grommet too this is also in the same section....Josh...

The Question Asked... Is it possible to buy aquapot base only with threaded fitting on the end for pipe connection as other parts of aquavalve are still useable - float. ec. - Posted by Margaret

Josh's Answer... Hi Margaret, If you call the office number someone will be able to send you the main body of the AQUAvalve.... Please mention that you have spoken to myself.....Please note that over tightening the collar will damage the nozzle.... When you feel the collar grip STOP....hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I was just wondering where i can purchace the 4 pot system. Thanks, Skot - Posted by skot

Josh's Answer... Hi Skot..... Could you let me know where you are in the world and I will be able to help further.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hello, I would like to use your Drip system components with a Rain Barrel.Do you offer instructions,and,or,suggestions on how to set us such a system? I would also like to know if your "4 Pot System" will grow large Tomato`s,like "Beefsteak",or,"Cherokee Purple"? I have a Two Pot system that is out performing the plants I have raised beds....Love It! Jerry Alexander - Posted by Jerry Alexander

Josh's Answer... Hi Jerry. Im not sure which layout you would like to do....there are so many....if you let me know what your intentions are I will help further.....the 4Pot System will grow perfect Beefsteak tomatoes.....not a problem......where in the world are you so I can advise you further....Josh....

The Question Asked... Who is my local dealer my zip is 92782. Tustin CA - Posted by ed miller

Josh's Answer... Hi Ed...... I believe Jason spoke to you at the weekend.......we had loads of interest at the show...stores will be stocking the products but not until the 1st week in August ...... However Paul will be on the road in the LA area as of the 1st of August ...... If you could drop him an email to paul@autopot.co.uk he will arrange for the items to be sent to you...... Please let him know what you need and then he can let you know the cost.......hope this helps too and you are able to wait a few days ......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Thank you for answering my last question. I have noticed recently that as the temperature is getting hotter, the leaves at the bottom underneath other leaves are getting yellow and drying out, then falls off. is that due to lack of sunlight? what can i do to resolve this problem? thanks nurul - Posted by Nurul

Josh's Answer... Hi Nurul...... Is your enviroment good...if it is getting too hot this could be a big problem....... leaves will drop and the plant will suffer.......plants suffer if the enviroment is not good...... Josh....

The Question Asked... Two years ago I bought one of your 4 pot and tank kit can I buy just one replacement pot - Posted by Charles Hebden

Josh's Answer... Hi Charles... No problem simply go to the on-line shop or call the office ......Josh.....

The Question Asked... I WANT TO RAISE THE WATER LEVEL IN MY POTS AS THE PLANTS GROW. I CANNOT FIND THE COLOUR CODED WASHERS IN THE ON-LINE SHOP.(I CANNOT AFFORD THE POSTAGE ANYWAY). WHAT SIZE WASHERS OR WEIGHTS DO I NEED TO GO FROM TH 20MM PERSET TO 25-30-35, TO THE MAX LEVEL? WHAT IS THE MAX LEVEL? THIS IS MY FIRST AUTO POT SETUP. AND I WANT TO START OFF RIGHT. I HAVE 6-1 POTS, I WILL BE USING 50/50 PEARLITE & COCO MIX, SHOULD THIS BE LIGHTER? ALL POTS HAVE AIR-DOMES!! PLEASE GIVE ANY TIPS YOU THINK OF BEFORE I INTER THE VALLY OF NO RETURN AND WATER DOWN AND DRAIN MY 6 AUTO POTS. THANK YOU. LET'S GROW WELL-EAT WELL !! - Posted by EDWARD

Josh's Answer... Hi Edward, Simply use a 5gramm weight.....the circular disc on the top float can be removed and the weight poped in hte cylinder....Personally I would just leave things as they are less water more frequently is much better than more water less frequently....... Substrate mix good, AirDomes.....let the plants establish before you turn on.....have a look at this site..... www.autopot-usa.com.......Just keep it simple...... Josh....

The Question Asked... I have mislaid my installation instructions and my watering system is not working correctly so I guess I have got it wrong. Can you let me have a new set please? - Posted by Iris Harrison

Josh's Answer... Hi Iris...Please go to "Products......Instruction Sheets" ...if you have any further problems please call the office and ask for Jason.....Josh.....

The Question Asked... We have 2 sets of autopots we are having problems with them we have got them in four in a row but the second set dont seem to be getting as much water as the first ones - Posted by paul rigby

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul.......Have you flushed the lines and ensured that the AQUAvalve in question is not blocked at the nozzel area......If you are still having problems please call Jason at the office he will be able to advise over the phone....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, From where can I get the replacement capillary strips for aquabox straight and spyder? I'm in California. The distributer from where I bought the aquaboxes themselves do not stock the strips. Can I fashion my own from capillary mats? - John - Posted by John

Josh's Answer... Hi John.....At the moment I am not sure if there are suppliers of the AQUAbox matting as spares....but please do try simply buying a similar capillary matting and using pre-cut thengths of this...... as you are in the US ... please look at www.autopot-usa.com

The Question Asked... will these pots work with rockwool croutons also know as grow cubes ?? - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom....we they will ..... remember to pre-soak them first with half strength fertiliser and pH balanced water ......you might need to top water for the first week....but once established the plants will do well.......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I'll send pictures of my cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers so you can see what's happening. The cues are very yellow and peppers beside them are doing fine. Some of the tomatoes are short of fertiliser while others in the row are fine. I also have a bush cheery tom that is very yellow beside a pepper that is a good green colour. I've been using your fertiliser this year and done a drain between each refilling and adding fertiliser. Your help would be much appreciated. - Posted by Gill Bright

Josh's Answer... Hi Gill, Have you tried to increase the level of feed from 5ml -10ml per litre........If you call the office on Tuesday 7th and ask for Jason...he will be able to help better over the phone....Josh....

The Question Asked... I there a website or store in the United States that i can order your full line of products? I cannot find replacement root control squares. Thanks - Posted by Robert

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert..... Speak to the people in the USA at www.autopot-usa.com , they will be able to help....

The Question Asked... how do i perform the final flush in an autopot system if the water is not draining back out of the pots into its resevoir like nft ebb and flood or passive systems will the nutrient salts just break down over time as the pots draw up the clean water - Posted by chris

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris.....DO NOT flush the pots.....simply 10-14 days before you are ready just feed with pH balanced water...that's it....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello Josh I have one of the original auotpots which had the round water filter, would you please advise me if there is a replacement item or a substitute. Regards Clive - Posted by Clive Walton

Josh's Answer... Hi Clive....Please go to the fittings section (6mm) in the on-line shop and you will see a golf filter.....this filter replaced the round filter many years ago and is placed inside the tank... and is easliy serviced.... Josh

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I have got runner beans growing in autopot system in a grow room. when the flowers appear do they need to be cross polinated. if so what method can i use? thanks nurul - Posted by nurul

Josh's Answer... Hi Nurul.... I would use a small paint brush.....and simply paint the flower and then the next....you need to mimic a bee....Josh..

The Question Asked... Josh, I have been following your trials and was wondering if the media you use (Canna, Gold and Plagron) are straight from the bag and not watered down with Perlite. The reason I am asking is that I have been growing tomatoes using autopots this year for the first time and have had a fair degree of success with 50/50 coir/perlite. However, I want to use the branded media next year as I believe I can improve on yields and growth. I have been growing tomatoes in the convential way for 30 years and understand the problems with oversaturation of the growing media and know how to control the watering. I will be using the autopot system next year but as I am a bit of a tweaker will be trying the different branded growing media to compare results. I would be interested on your views. - Posted by Alex

Josh's Answer... Hi Alex......Generally we advise people to use a free draining mix as you are using....If you decide to use complete coir as we are in the trial you must work the plants in their early stage of life......by this I mean water them through with a pH balanced water and feed...... then let them establish well before you turn the system on....... there is much more forgiveness in a free draining mix as complete coir holds a great deal more water.....personally I use a free draining mix but on large trials it is too time consuming to mix everything on this volume........ But have a play ... but what ever you use drive the plant in hte early stages of its life........Josh......

The Question Asked... hi, where can i find the feeding & potting up sheets mentioned in your fertilizer products. is it ok to use coco & perlite mix instead of soil & perlite (to keep my carbon footprint down) & is the fertilizer suitable for all plants? many thanks - Posted by wiggy

Josh's Answer... Hi Wiggy.....Coco and Perlite are perfect 50/50.......to be honest any good quality mineral fertiliser is OK....... Pot up water through with pH balanced water if using coco 5.6 is good.....Ec strat low in hte early stages of the plants life....water through and allow to drain.......keep the water off until the plants have established ...then turn it on....drive the plant hard in the early part of its life....this will create a stronger root system.... Have a look at the US website www.autopot-usa.com and also look at the UK brochure in....Products....Information Sheets.... the black brochure...lots to see and read in this......Josh...

The Question Asked... hi there i will be buying a WILMA 4 POT COMPLETE kit and wanted to know after i have germinated my seeds do i put them straight into the autopots - Posted by nico perienen

Josh's Answer... Hi Nico...I'm confusted are you using AutoPot or a Wilma system.... Either way.....raise the seeds and establish the plants..... in pots that are around a 1Ltr.... once they have established pot up into the AutoPot system....water through with water that has been pH balanced and has feed in it......do not turn on the AutoPot system for up to a week let the plants work hard for the water and feed you have just poured through the pot.......this will crate a stronger root system...once the plants has established then turn the system on...... Josh.....

The Question Asked... hay the water in my pots arnt filling up enough 2 cover the blue pipes inside the doms any suggestions cheers - Posted by emma

Josh's Answer... Hi Emma, The water does not cover the blue pipe...the AirDome is designed to not be covered in water.....only a certain part of the pipe is covered with 20mm of water...the AQUAvalve is only designed to flood to 20mm..... part of the pipe is meant to be above the water at all times... Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Can you grow Orchids (Cimbidium) using the AutoPot system, and if - are there any specific methods? Thanks! - Posted by Rene

Josh's Answer... Hi Rene... No problem at all...they grow perfectly.... the best mix to use is clean/washed coco with bark....a 50/50 mix works very well indeed....Josh...

The Question Asked... I just recently purchased the Easy2Grow kit and am looking to purchase a few expansion kits. I will be growing Agastache flowers to harvest the seeds for next years planting. The question is this: the remaining plants (small and large Salvias, Beebalm, and a couple of others) to grow to seed vary in size from each other. Is it better to get the single expansions vs the double pots because of how the plants will take in the water/nutrients? The only limiting factor is that the tent is 4x4. The only thing I am having an issue with is that with the single expansions is that the pot is way bigger than I need, other than ordering a separate 8.5L, or are they available with the smaller pots? - Posted by Jeremy

Josh's Answer... Hi Jeremy....Each plant in each pot will only consume the water and feed it requires..... you will be fine with the easy2grow extension kits..... what substrate or mix of substrates are you intending to use........please use a mix that is not only suitable for the AutoPot but the plant in question too....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi I have bought a couple of pygmy fruit trees, suitable for growing in containers. I have had good results with tomaotes etc in an Easy 2 Grow system. Do you have a product with with larger potswhich would be suitable for miniature trees? Thanks Barbara - Posted by Barbara Uttamchandani

Josh's Answer... Hi Barbara, At the moment we have the 15ltr pot which fits in both trays. However in October we will be launching the new 1Pot XL which has a 25ltr pot.....Please subscribe to the newsletter to keep up dated ...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh. Are 15 litres the largest container size that can be used for the autopot system? and are they the largest size container that you sell? I have some potted plants in large plant pots that I would like to try with the autopot system. Also, for plants that require large root space would the auotpot sytems be usefull, i.e. blueberries? - Posted by Karl

Josh's Answer... Hi Karl... At hte moment the largest pot we have is the 15ltr pot....However in October we will be launching the 1Pot XL which will have a huge 25ltr pot.....Please subscribe to the newsletter to keep up dated......Blueberries will be fine in AutoPot Systems, just use the correct substrate for this type of plant.......you could start off in a smaller pot and when the plant has grown re-pot into the 1Pot XL.......Josh....

The Question Asked... been using my autopots for 3 years or so and starting to get salt/mineral buildup in the tray and on the smart valve. what do you suggest to remove this? thanks ever so much bruce midway ga - Posted by bruce mccartney

Josh's Answer... Hi Bruce...... I would not worry about the trays too much.....they will be fine with a scrub with soapy water....The AQUAvalves can be cleaned with soapy water or they can be soaked in Hydrogen Peroxide, NappiSan, or similar.....please use a pipe cleaner or paper clip to clean hte nozzel, leave to soak for a few days and then wash throughly....remember to remove the yellow silicones before you clean the AQUAvalve......Hope this helps Josh.....

The Question Asked... Josh, we're going to diversify a bit this year. 180 tomatoes as usual...plus we're going to add 10 cucumbers, 10 peppers, and 10 egg plant can you advise what would be the best EC and Ph for these. thanks ever so much Bruce Midway Georgia - Posted by bruce mccartney

Josh's Answer... Hi Bruce...... Cucumber Ec no higher than 2.0 pH little lower at 5.2-5.4 Peppers same a tomatoes Egg Plant (Aubergine) Ec once established can go a little higher to 2.2- pH 5.6-5.8 But remember if the light levels and temperatures are high then reduce the Ec levels..... Rule of thumb....If the temperatures and light is high reduce the Ec.......Hope this helps....Josh.....

The Question Asked... Josh just noticed the home page doesn't have a USA flag. how bout one for us Yanks.... - Posted by bruce

Josh's Answer... Hi Bruce......We thought it would be better that you had your own website instead... have a look www.autopot-usa.com ..... Josh....We have now set up shop in California........

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I am planning to setup autopot system under a poly tunnel. The tunnel would have side ventilation about one meter high. I know from past experiance that during summer the temperature under the tunnel would get very high which would not be good for my plants. would the side vent be enough for air circulation and removal of hot air. What can i do to optimise the environment inside the tunnel. I.e i am more concerned with air circulation and high temperature in the summer periods. Your help would be much appreciated. thanks nurul - Posted by nurul

Josh's Answer... Hi Nurul.... Perfect netting at the sides is the right way to go. You can use shade cloth in the roof space and if possible you could use fans to move the air or a large extractor to remove the air from the roof area....If you send more infomation to mail@autopot.co.uk with some drawings and climatic conditions that you might face Jason will be able to advise further..........Josh....

The Question Asked... Do you ship state side? and if yes, what would the total cost be for a 16 pot auto pot kit? thanks - Posted by mike

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike......There are distributors in the US......please go to the home page... then to distributors & retailers.....try HydroDynamics and ask for either Chip or Josh...they shoud be able to help....any problems please let me know & I will chase up for you....Josh...

The Question Asked... Can you please give me some advice as i have two sets of autopots but one of them seems to be letting to much water into the pots and keeps emptying the tub of feed i have had to take the pump out to let it dry out - Posted by paul rigby

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul.......There are only a few ways that the valve can do this.....no silicon in the bottom float, the bottom float is not positioned correctly, the valve and the surrounding area is not clean or the AQUAvalve is not fitted to the tray correctly....If you are still have a problem ....please call the office and ask for Jason he will be able to resolve your problem over the phone..... Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I have been using nutrients from CANNA with my autopot system. recently i have been looking at the nutrient from autopot. what is the difference between canna and autopot's nutrient. with CANNA i have been using nutrients plus additives like rizotonoic, canna zyme, canna boost etc.. at diffrent stage of the growth cycle. i must say that the taste of the veg grown was very good. where as autopot just provide the nutrients. are all the additives necessary?? or can i do with out them. i.e would autopot's nutrients do the job for me? with out worrying about additives etc... thanks nurul - Posted by nurul

Josh's Answer... Hi Nurul.....The AutoPot feed is designed for all plant types it is a broard spctrum plant feed .....unlike CANNA which is plant specfic....to be honest.....all the available additives are not really necessary and quite costly......give our feed a try...it's simple to use and much less hassel......we use it all the time.....it works OK for us......Josh......

The Question Asked... I've set up my 12 pot system and am having some problems. http://www.autopot.co.uk/12pot-kit-using-16mm-pipe-detail I've srewed the tap in the barrel and click fitted the filter and the click fit is leaking water as soon as i open the tap? - Posted by clark

Josh's Answer... Hi Clark...The easiest way to fix this is to remove the green collar and then dip the end of the pipe into hot water and then simply push the hot pipe onto the tap.....this will get you up and running.......Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi, What are the dimensions of the AQUAvalve? Thanks, Mark PS - sorry if this has already been asked, but there's a lot of questions to look through and no search :) - Posted by Mark

Josh's Answer... Hi Mark.......AQUAvalve dimensions.... Max height 50mm, max length 126mm, max width 80mm....Hope this helps.......if you are using the AQUAvalve in your own tray ensure you use the AQUAvalve cover with it....Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh, ive got the auto pot easy to grow system , can i just use 1 pot or do i have to use both? - Posted by daz

Josh's Answer... Hi Daz......You can just use one side if you like....there will be more water in hte tray because the pot is not there......to combat this why not put the pot in the tray and fill the pot to a few inches with washed pebbles so that the space where the water would be is taken up by hte pebbles.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, when washing the pipe, tanks and the valves can i use detergents like Mr Muscle and then let it dry out. would this cause any problems for the plants. thanks nurul - Posted by nurul

Josh's Answer... Hi Nurul....You can do....BUT please ensure that you throughly wash everything off or this will kill the plants next time....have you tried hydrogen peroxide and this work better for cleaning and is not harmful to the plants....and is easier to wash away after....Josh....

The Question Asked... whats the best medium to use in auto pots? fanx 4 ur help - Posted by daz

Josh's Answer... Hi Daz......nice and fluffy......coco/perlite.....soil/perlite......coco/pebbels...soil/pebbles......50/50 of each......these are a few suggestions......there are loads of different mixes you can use ......rule of thumb is nice and fluffy, with good air retention and good capillary action.......don't use pebbles by themselves as there is very little capillary action and the water will not go too high in the pot.......Josh....

The Question Asked... I am about to design a bespoke system using your products. Could you please advise me wether I would get a larger yield per plant using a 15 litre pot rather than the smaller 8.5 litre one ? Also could you inform me as to how many pots of each size an individual aqua valve could reliably service. I would be growing Peppers,Chillies and Tomato plants. - Posted by Eric Hesketh

Josh's Answer... Hi Eric....The pot size with AutoPot is not really a deciding factor.... as we can grow large plants in either pot....The AQUAvalve if being used in a flat tray along with the AQUAvalve cover will irrigate an area of around 1.2 sq meters.....hope this helps....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I see the AquaValve is preset to flood to 20mm, if I am using it in my own tray what is the maximum level I can set the unit to flood to? How do you adjust it? Thanks - Posted by Trevor

Josh's Answer... Hi Trevor.....If you remove the two round discs from the top float and insert a weight into one of the cylinders of no more that 5 grammes, this will increase the weight to around 25-28mm....if you then add an additional 5 gramme weight to the other cylinder this will increase the flood level to around 35mm.....DO NOT ADD MORE WEIGHT TO THE FLOATS OR THE AQUAVALVE WILL NOT WORK..........Personally I would not adjust the flood level a it is much better having less water more frequently...Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh is there any system that Easley clips together To make it possible to grow vertically even maybe upside down Without drips leaks mess ect I'm wanting to create a living work Or art to brighten up my work place and attract customers To the use of hydroponics with limited space for growing there Favourite plants,fruit,veg,herbs ect thanks in advance Alan on beharth of eighteentwelve ltd - Posted by Alan Teale

Josh's Answer... Hi Alan......I think you met Jason at the recent show in Manchester....he mentioned you........The only way you can do this with AutoPot is to create shelves for the trays to sit on...with the tank being higher......I know Jason mentioned that he was designing a wall mounted unit similar in design to a clothes horse.....the design will be produced so that it can be split so that the two parts can be mounted on a wall...with the tank above....but at the moment this is only at the design stage......to keep up dated simply sign up to the AutoPot newsletter.........Josh....

The Question Asked... Re Air Domes. Do you recommend to have the air pump connected to the Air Domes on a 12/12 cycle? i.e. switched off at night. I would appreciate a reason or understanding for putting them on a timer as per user manual. Thanks in advance. - Posted by Brendan Mason

Josh's Answer... Hi Brendan....Yes you are correct the AirDomes should only be on during the day.....there is no need to have them on during the night........Some people say that they prefer having the AirDomes on timers some say that they prefer on all the time during the day light period.......it is just a matter of preferance........hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I'm using your autopots system for growing tomatoes and I'm wondering is it best to have them in a small pot for a period after germination and then to transfer them (if so after how long) or to place them in the autopots directly after germination. If I'm placing them in the smaller pots is it best to mix the pots with soil and perlite or to just use soil? Thanks Patrick - Posted by Patrick

Josh's Answer... Hi Patrick.....Rule of thumb in horticulture is that plants should be potted up into the next size pot ...... so you should pot up your small plants into a 3-4 inch pot first.....let the root mass develop and then put in the AutoPot pots.....water through and then let the plant in hte AutoPot pot establish for 7-14 days before you turn the system on.........Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello I was just wondering how high the tank needs to sit above the Aqua Valve to gravity feed or can it be at the same level or below? Thanks - Posted by Brian

Josh's Answer... Hi Brian........Raise your tank to a 150mm or higher......when the tank is a third full then re-fill the tank....never let it run empty....Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi I've set my system up and put the copper matts in bottom of pot and the black 1s in the tray can't change them round now is this going to mess it all up thankyou - Posted by James

Josh's Answer... It will be OK James.....just keep an eye on hte roots coming out of the pot...if the do simply renove them with a knife.....it will not harm the plant.....next time the best way is to have the root control disc in the pot gold face down......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Guys, I can see that there is a minimum height for the water tank resevoir to be above the Autopots but is there a maximum height? I only have enough space to put the resevoir tank above my plants by about 6 feet or 2m, will this make the pressure too much? Thanks Toaor - Posted by Toaor

Josh's Answer... Hi Toaor....Simply the higher the better........and all ways re-fill your tank when there is a third of the solution left......Josh....

The Question Asked... hi josh. just set up my autopot system & i have a question(s) if thats ok. is the water supposed to sit in the bottom of the autopot trays after its worked its way from the water butt?? as this is my 1st time i dunno if this is right or wrong? is there supposed to be water in the pot trays all the time??? if so will i get any root rot problems? im gorwing in 50/50 perlite/coco with clay pebbles at the base of the pots along with the airdomes. also does the aqua valve just stop the trays from overflowing? hope you can help as im a tad worried. best regards, K - Posted by wiggy

Josh's Answer... Hi Wiggy.....Once connected to the AQUAvalve the tank will allow water to flow down the pipe and in to the tray via the AQUAvalve....the flood level once at its maximum will be 20mm ......this is around half way on the threded collar.....Once the level is reached the AQUAvalve will shut....the plants will drink all the water until more is allowed into the tray....keep the lids off for a while....so you can keep an eye on flood levels.......The mix is great......are the pebbles pH stable........All in all.....dont not be worried....as long as you have set it up correctly in accordance to the instructions you will be fine....Josh....

The Question Asked... Bonjour, J'aimerais savoir j'ai acheter un autopot et enfaite mon problème je me demande comment sa arrose automatique puisque l'eau reste tjr en bas du pot a la racine est ce que on doit arroser au dessus tout le temps manuellement ? - Posted by hursk06

Josh's Answer... Hi There....I have asked our distributor to contact you as they speak French.....Josh...

The Question Asked... Can I wash and reuse the root control disks next year? The gold colour has virtually disappeared. - Posted by Mike A

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike....The discs can be used for a few seasons, the copper is still there it just becomes oxidised.....simply wash them in the sink with warm soapy water and rinse off.......Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh Just wanted to know if anyone has tried to grow asparragus with the autopot system, and if so, what size of pots would be the most convenient one, thanks - Posted by Bernardo

Josh's Answer... Hi Bernardo..... To date I do not know of anyone who has grown asparagus using AutoPot..... I would presume that the 15ltr pot would be the best size.......Please let me know how you go......but remember not to harvest until the second year...Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, For my one pot system can I use a good potting soil and vermiculite as a substrate. Thank You Rod - Posted by Rodney

Josh's Answer... Hi Rodney......Good potting and perlite not vermiculate.....vermiculite is like a sponge and soaks up water and reduces the air retention in hte medium..... use a 50/50 mix ...this is a good mix and will produce good results....Josh...

The Question Asked... hi m8 im just into early flowering and im wondering if i could folur feed my plants with tomorite Levington Tomorite Liquid Concentrate cheers - Posted by paul parry

Josh's Answer... Hi Paul....... You can do this if you like...but at half strength....I would suggest spraying early in the morning before the sun comes up .....if you are going to spray...ensure you spray the underside of the leaves as this is where it is beneficial to the plant....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I am thinking of the 1pot system or easytogroy kits for my herbs, but I also wanted to water a seed tray. Do you have anything for watering a seed tray? that can be connected to 1pot/easytogroy system. - Posted by Gavin

Josh's Answer... Hi Gavin....Sorry I'm afraid we dont at this time...... there are however some good cheap seed trays around .... and as the seedlings are only in the tray for a week or i would not worry too much......remember small seedlings only need warmth, moisture....not water and gentle light........If you need any further help please let me know....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, to grow tomatoes, would you recommend the 8.5l or 15l pots? I also would like to grow cucumber, peppers and chilli in my greenhouse, is it best to have different tanks or one big tank for all. One big tank looks much less work and allows for longer vacation:) but they would all receive the same feed, would that be ok? I am based in South England. Thanks, Philippe - Posted by Philippe

Josh's Answer... Hi Philippe......The 8.5 ltr will be fine.....Please use a nice free draining mix a good starter is 50/50 soil/perlite......this works well..... pot up water through and then allow the plants to establish...especailly the cucumbers as they hate wet feet when they are young....Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, one more question, how long could I expect the root control copper disc and black disk to last? Are there any other items that should be replaced regularly? Thank you, Philippe - Posted by Philippe

Josh's Answer... Hi Philippe....The RCD will last 2-3 seasons.....the gold colour will oxidise quite quickly but is still there......6mm pipe might be only other thing that might need replacing...... A little tip..... we have been using the RCD only in the pot GOLD FACE DOWN for the last 18 months........to date no roots have escaped from any of the pots tested....... You only need to use the RCD......dont worry about the other black disc... Josh...

The Question Asked... do you have a shop that stocks your products in surrey? im looking for the one pot 12 kit and air domes. thanks - Posted by mike

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike.....There are quite a few in Surrey or you can buy them from us in Bagshot.......

The Question Asked... I'm in USA CA to be exact. I'm looking to order two twelve pot systems please respond ASAP than you - Posted by Nathan

Josh's Answer... Hi Nathan....I beleive all is in hand now..........Josh.....

The Question Asked... can i come in and buy items from your bagshot branch? - Posted by mike

Josh's Answer... Hi Mike..... No problem..... office hours are 9-5... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Please advice me. I plan to open a project with 25 houses each house with a family of 4 of which 1 able to work. The community will have 25 workers. I want to set up green houses so that they have sufficient food to sustain and any extra to sell. 1. How many green houses will they need and what should be their size. 2. what will be the number of autopots required per green house 3. what should the total land area that will be required for all green houses. 4. What type of autopot/s system should I use and what will be the cost (FOB in UK Pounds) 5. where will you ship these from and how many container loads will it be. 6. will you give layout designs for the green house 7. could you give designs for the green house This for a overseas community project for the under privileged and I need to prepare a project report and would appreciate your help. How long will you want to supply the recommended quantity of autopots? Thanking You, Nihal de Saram - Posted by Nihal de Saram

Josh's Answer... Hi Nihal..... I have asked Jason to reply in detail to your request...... could you advise what crops you intend to grow..... please reply to mail@autopot.co.uk..... I also beleive your request for an easy2grow Kit is being dealt with..... Josh....

The Question Asked... hi, is there away to set the valve to flood and cut off at lower than 20mm please. i seem to be having some issues with slow growth and root root. many thanks - Posted by tony

Josh's Answer... Hi Tony...The pre-set level for the AQUAvalve is 20mm..... Could you advise what substrate you are using, have you allowed the plant to establish before you turned the system on.... have you pre-set your AQUAvalve.... are the conditions in your growing area correct.... temperature and humidity..... If you could advise on the above I will be able to help you further..... We have sold over 2,000,000 AQUAvalve in hte last several years all flooding to 20mm....... I can assure you the AQUAvalve is not causing the problems you are facing..... Please let me know more and I will be able to help you further.... Josh....

The Question Asked... how much expanded clay balls should i put at the bottom of a auto pot - Posted by robin

Josh's Answer... Hi Robin, Rule of thumb I would suggest around 1"...... Please make sure that the clay pebbles are pH stable....if not then soak the pebbles in pH water 4.5 for several days......... Also use a nice fluffy mix above the pebbles...... http://www.autopot.co.uk/autopot-brochure ... go to this link and it will take you to the brochure where suggestions of substrates are.... Hope this help Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh. very impressed with the autopot system so far. i do have a problem though. there seem to be tiny little white crawly insect type things crawing aroud in the tray with the aquavalve in. they are crawling everywhere around the bottom of the pots. growing medium is 50% coco, 50% perlite & clay pebbles bottom n top. as this is my 1st autopot grow & i have never seen these things before is it autopot related? i need ungent help as to what these mite things are? & how to get rid of them without damaging my crop? as it seems these little white things are not on the plants themselfs, just the autopots & trays. i change & disinfect the tank once a week & i add liquid oxygen to the tank weekly (which i thought was supposed to kill off any baddies?) please please help-what are these things, & how do i get rid???? heeeeeeeeeeelp best regards, wiggy - Posted by wiggy

Josh's Answer... Hi Wiggy..... I presume from what you are saying that is could be scrid fly lavee.... They will have come with the coco..... Adding liquid oxygen in the tank once a week will not work as the liquid oxygen disolves within 6 hours of adding to the tank... The best way to get rid of them is to lift the pots from the trays.... if you can.... then making sure you do not make the solution too strong as you will damage the roots.... mix hydrogen peroxide with water and pour through and allow to drain from the pot... this should kill every thing...... BUT DO NOT make the solution too strong........ Hope this helps Josh...

The Question Asked... hi, thinking of buying a four pot system, i was wondering if i can conect a bigger water butt than the onethat comes with it as pots maybe unatended for up to a week at times??? cheers - Posted by miffy

Josh's Answer... Hi Miffy.... No problem at all..... you will need to buy an additional fitting which can be found in the on-line shop section..... 16-6mm In-line filter.... this will allow you to connect to a larger tank..... no problem... Josh....

The Question Asked... Would it be ok to use a 100l res to supply 20X15l coco auto pots (with daily top ups). Would it be helpful to raise the res tank even higher in this situation to increase pressure? Cheers :) - Posted by Tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom.... No problem..... Just remember to re-fill the tank when there is a third of the solution left in it..... never let the tank run empty.... I hope you are using 16mm pipe to supply the water from the tank and reducing the pipe to 6mm at each AQUAvalve connection..... You should only use 6mm pipe when supplying up to 6 pots ...... you might get away with 8 pots if using a larger tank..... Also raise the tank to around 200-300mm above the AQUAvalves.... You should be fine with this...... Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I sked a question a few days ago about using a 100L res with 20 15L autopots. I am unable to see my question or answer on the site even though I have received an email saying it was answered? Thanks - Posted by tom

Josh's Answer... Hi Tom...... Sorry... the message has just been sent

The Question Asked... Josh, Apologies but you must have answered this before. Don't have time to plough through the umpteen pages. Season for toms over. Stripped off plants. What maintenance do I have to do now to ensure all is OK for next Spring? Thanks Peter - Posted by peter martin

Josh's Answer... Hi Peter....Simply clean the trays and pots down.... remove the AQUAvalve and follow the animation on hte site to take it apart .....clean the nozzel with a pipe cleaner or similar .... also flush all pipe to remove any sediment..... and that is about it really.....any problems just let me know......Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Do you have any thoughts on using the following products with the AP system to maintain an unclogged system and healthy environment? House and Garden Drip Clean Nutrilife SM-90 Thank you! - Posted by Jan

Josh's Answer... Hi Jan..... Firstly the AQUAvalves will only clog up if you use gooey nutrients.... stick to clean mineral nutrients...... also DO NOT let the tanks run too low.... a third full re-fill.... also add a tap in the line somewhere so that you can flush the lines..... this removes any sediment...do this once a week for a minute into a jug or similar.... I've heard of H & G Drip Clean but not the other..... but never in 8 years used any of them.... not had to....... if you follow my lead above you will not have any problems.... Dont let store owners blind you with lots and lots of additives..... they are not necessary....... Hope this helps Josh..... If you need to ask me any more questions please do.... I'm here to help.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I have been runnning my own trial using a couple of trays growing chillies next to my old hydro dripper system in a small greenhouse and been more than satisfied with the results. Now expanding to 12 extra pots I also purchased a 100l flexitank. My problem is that the tank is leaking. Drops are escaping from the washer on the tap at a rate of over 400ml/day. I tried screwing the tap as much as possible and made sure the fabric sits straight between the washers but it still leaks. Is this something expected? Thank you - Posted by Nik Ferios

Josh's Answer... Hi Nik..... Generally if you tighten the tap this will fix the problem..... If you email your address we will send you a new tap and some new washers.... please email your address to nick@autopot.co.uk.... Sorry about that ..... Hope the new tap and washer resolves the issue..... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I normally mixe around 20lt of water in a butt and put a air line in just to keep it mixed do I need to do this or is it ok just left alone - Posted by John

Josh's Answer... Hi John..... I would use a small water pump to move the water around.... not airline as this will over time increase the pH of the water...... Saying this we never use anything... it really is not necessary...... just ensure you use a good clean mineral fertiliser that mixes well with the water and stays mixed.... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi I'd like to know which set up (water tank, pipe, fittings, hoze etc…) would be necessary to keep 4 x 1.5L pot in veg, with watering provided for 15 days. I see your "aquapot" system, that I found very interesting but I can't figure how big are the smallest one, and if it's a good solution for me. Thx - Posted by guillaume

Josh's Answer... Hi There our smallest pot is 8.5 litres, then 15ltrs and in hte New Year we will be launching the 25ltr pot..... I would suggest using one of our complete systems.... the 4Pot System is one of our most popular systems... or if you want to use a smaller pot then try the easy2grow 4..... hope this helps ..... Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hey there, Josh, i just found out about your easy2grow-systems. They look like EXACTLY the thing I´ve been looking for. I got some questions, though. I hope you didn´t answer them too many times before, couldn´t find the answers on first look... - I grow my plants in a Homebox with 100cmx100cm ground size. So, if I got it right, the system with 6 pots in total would fit in just nice, right? - If I want more Pots, is there a way to add 2 more pots? I mean, is there a possibility to put the trays "asymmetrical", so that they fit in the Box I use? I hope you get what I mean. If one tray is about 60cm x 30cm, I could put 3 besides each other. Then I still have about 100cm x 40cm left. Is there any way to connect an extra tray the way I would need it? - If I only use 3trays/6 pots, I would have enough space to put the water tank inside the box. But i use a 400 Watt lamp, so the water might get quite warm. Is it better to put the tank outside the Box? -Can I use any mineralic feeding I want, or is there anything to keep in mind? Thanks a lot fpr answering my questions, with kind regards from germany, nyhc - Posted by NYHC

Josh's Answer... Hi NYHC..... A max of 6 pots.... some people try to cram pots in.... up to 9..... personally I would use the 4Pot System... this is perfect.... grow the plants a little longer they will quickly fill this area.... Please keep the tank on the outside of the tent... the heat from your light will make the water too hot.... Any good clean fertiliser will work well... If you want to add additional trays and pots it is easily done by simply buying a few connecting pieces and additional pipe..... Hope this helps.... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi. What is the diameter of the hole that the 'Tophat' fits into. The Tophat is the one used to connect 6mm pipe to a reservoir. Thank you. - Posted by Ian Jones

Josh's Answer... Hi Ian...... start off with a small pilot hole around 3-5mm and finish it off with a 10mm drill bit... Josh...

The Question Asked... hello josh i have just purchased easy grow 6 pot system. i have connected all aqua valves to the three trays and can only locate one hole on the bottom of water tank and don't know how to connect the 3 pipes to it the hole is only enough for one pipe .hOW DO YOU CONNECT ALL 3 COULD YOU HELP PLEASE. - Posted by antony blake

Josh's Answer... Hi Antony, Please go to the link..... http://www.autopot.co.uk/easy2grow-kit-6-6x-pots-detail .... these are the instructions you should have been given by the company you bought the system from.....Any further problems please let me know..... Josh....

The Question Asked... Is the airdrome suitable for use with soil ? Or is it more for hydro setups with rock wall or other non soil substrates. Thanks - Posted by M jones

Josh's Answer... Hi M Jones..... The AirDomes can be used to good effect in any substrate.... to maximise the effectivness of the AirDomes if using soil I would suggest that your soil is blended with Perlite.... 50% soil and 50% Perlite.... Hope this helps .... Have a lovely Christmas... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh.. Could you advice what plants benefit from the 8.5 ltr pots and the 15 Ltr pots in the easy2grow system.. Many Thanks.. - Posted by Bob Harrison

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob.... Fi you are concerned about pot size please do not be concerned.... both pot sizes are suitable for all vine crops and bush type plants.... Also both pot sizes fit both trays.... the advantage of the 1Pot system is that they can be spaced apart..... however for tomato / cucumber growers the easy2grow range is by far the most popular.... Hope this information is of help, have a lovely Christmas... Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh! We are trying to get in touch with your distributor in the UAE but there aren't any contact details on your site, nor could we find any from Google. Please advise. Thank you. Sincerely, Saif - Posted by Saif M Nabhani

Josh's Answer... Dear Saif, If you email nick@autopot.co.uk he will gladly provide you with Emad's details.... Josh....

The Question Asked... hi Josh! i have placed an order for 2 aqua boxes yesterday. Am from India . Do you make deliveries to India? I would like to place orders for more items like the six set auto pots etc. What is the mode of payment? Would very much appreciate a quick response. Thank you - Posted by shobhana

Josh's Answer... Dear Shobhana, we have not received any orders from India or from yourself. Would you kindly email nick@autopot.co.uk .... Nick will be able to help you with your requirements.... Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I was just curious how you recommend cleaning the Marix Discs? Thanks - Posted by brian

Josh's Answer... Hi Brian..... You can simply wash them in the sink with soapy water or put them in the washing machine.....

The Question Asked... When should you put seedlings into the autopot system and let it go to automatic? People say that if you let the system go automatic too early the roots will rot. I'm using 50% coco and 50% perlite - Posted by Dan

Josh's Answer... Hi Dan....... Ideally you should put an established plant into the AutoPot pots.... Have you had a look at the new instructions .... Products.... Instructions..... on the website...... Look at the new instructions at the bottom of the page.... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Have looked everywhere, but cant find the dimensions of the Easy2Grow 2 pot system? Specifically, the 'footprint' of the complete assembly without the tank, and the height of the finished assembly, with 8.5l and 15l pots. Space is tight and I need to be sure it'll fit ! Cheers - Posted by Tim

Josh's Answer... Hi Tim.... Please go to the following ... Products... Instruction Sheets.... Brochures..... the latest brochure has all the sizes you require.... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi, I am technically challenged. I have 2 new 1mx2m raised beds which I want to set up at right angles to each other. Could you give me a list of EVERYTHING I would need to buy in order to be able to water this 4m2 area? The water butt will not be adajent. It is about 3m away. Thanks for your anticipated help. - Posted by Sherry23

Josh's Answer... Hi Sherry.... You will need x1 AQUAbox Spyder and x3 AQUAbox Spyder Extension Kits and an additional 3meters of 6mm pipe from the water butt...Hope this helps Josh.....

The Question Asked... hi josh iv put the gold disk in the pots is it gonna matter or should i remove them and out in tray thanks rylan - Posted by rylan berg

Josh's Answer... Hi Rylan... If you have put the gold in the pot gold face down you will be OK.... don't worry too much... all you need to do is keep an eye if any roots come out...over the growing cycle.... you will be fine..... Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I am already a fan of your aquapot system and am interested in buying your aquabox products for my new (small) veg plot. However, it doesn't say on your web site how many spyders can be linked (I'm looking to get 4) and how long a bed a straight covers. Ideally I'd like to link 4 spyders and at least 2 straights to the same tank - is this possible? Also, I'm thinking about getting airdomes for my easy2grow 6 system in my greenhouse, but I can't find anything on your website about the type of airpump I need to get, can you please advise? Thanks, Kim - Posted by Kim Morgan

Josh's Answer... Hi Kim...... All the AQUAboxes can be linked together just like the tray systems...... Simply buy an AQUAbox and then 3 extensions either Straight or Spyder...... If you go to the pumps section on the on-line shop it suggests the pump to use for a certain amount of AirDomes... Hope this helps.... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh when will we see the 25Ltr pots on sale.. they are on the web site but no info??? - Posted by Bob Harrison

Josh's Answer... Hi Bob.... The new 25ltr 1Pot XL... fingers crossed will be available in the next 10-14 days... the pot is on the machine as we speak and the tray will be going on the machine tomorrow... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Ummm we need a bigger pots!!!! Please can you make some 20L 30L 40L? I will be the first one to buy it if you do:) Asaf from israel - Posted by Asaf

Josh's Answer... Hi Asaf... The new 1Pot XL is available next week.... it is on the website banner and has a new tray and 25 litre pot...... Josh...

The Question Asked... With the 24 pot kit (large pots), you show a layout of two runs of water line with 12 pots connected to each line (6 pots flanking each side of the waterline). Could you do the same installation with an alternate layout of three lines with 8 pots on each water line? Is there enough line in a kit to do this? Thanks in advance for your reply!! Colin - Posted by Colin

Josh's Answer... Hi Colin, The layout is just a suggestion, you are correct in what you are saying..... you can layout the pots and trays in what ever layout you like.... Please note that you may need to purchase a few extra fittings to create your desired layout... Hope this helps Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh just before Xmas I purchased a six pot system. I thought this came with a 135 l butt and stand as stated in the product details? But I have been sent a 47 l butt?? Am I reading it wrong ?? cheers miffy - Posted by miffy

Josh's Answer... Hi Miffy... Has this been corrected for you now..... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hello. I am getting desperate for a good system like this. I am enquiring if I can buy a 4 15L single pot system and 4 AirDomes from you and get you to ship it to me in Australia as I cant find any reasonably priced supplier here and only inferior products. please let me know if we can work something out, I eagerly await your response. Thanks - Posted by Liam

Josh's Answer... Hi Liam..... Have you tried to contact Dome Brisbane.... they may have some in stock.... If not please let us know the delivery addres and we can get a quote for you.... Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, What plastic are the flexi tanks made from? Thanks - Posted by Lee

Josh's Answer... Hi Lee, The palstic is a special plastic that we use the main ingredient is PVC, food grade...... Hope this helps.....

The Question Asked... Bonjour, Voila j'expose un peu le contexte, je dispose 6 autopots avec 6 airdome est-il possible de rallier ces 6 airdomes ensemble? Si oui quel materiel exact me faut-il (raccord, tuyaux, ...) la totalité si possible. La puissance de la pompe requis si toutefois je peux raccorder ces airdomes entre eux et pour finir si tout cela est possible ou trouver cette pompe? Je vous remercie d'avance pour l'attention que vous porterez a mes questions - Posted by Milouu

Josh's Answer... Bonjour .... Merci pour votre message .... Si vous communiquez avec Le monsieur dont vous avez besoin de parler à Cyrill est, il sera en mesure de vous aider avec votre AirDome mis en place. http://www.lorvert-paris.com/growshop-hydroponique-culture-indoor/systeme-hydroponique/autopot-easy2grow.html Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Just recieved the Easy2grow today and it looks great. I did wonder if you have tried, Capilary matting in the bottom, follwed by lava pebbles? Just wanted to save myself loosing a plant before asking. Thanks - Posted by Jahson

Josh's Answer... Hi Jahson... I would suggest using some of the suggested substrates.... they can be found in the brochure under useful information........ Do not under any circumstances use lava pebbles by themselves... there is not enough capillary lift..... Josh....

The Question Asked... 1. Please advise the number of commercial autopot for greenhouse 64m long and 42m widt 2.FOB prices 100m2, 400m2 and 1000m2 commercial autopot system 3.Yearly usage of water growing tomatoes hydroponicly. - Posted by don martina

Josh's Answer... Hi Don, Could you email your details to mail@autopot.co.uk we would need to know which tray design you require and which crop you intend to grow..... if you could also add as much information as possible the more information you can supplly the easier it will be for us to assist.... Thanks Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi just purchased a 16 pot set up very impressed went for the 100 litre flexi tank option and with this system being gravity fed i need to raise the flexi tank but cant find a suitable stand etc please help - Posted by Chris

Josh's Answer... Hi Chris..... I have been told you are OK now and have simply raised the tank on some paving slabs..... Hope all is good.... any problems just let me know..... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh ! Would you know the diameter of the 25L XL pot at the base ? Can't find any info yet on the site. Thank you! M. - Posted by Moses

Josh's Answer... Hi Moses, The new 25ltr pot has a base of 265mm and the top of the pot has a measurement of 330mm... Remember this pot is a square round.... round at the base tapering into a square at the top.... hope this helps..... Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi josh, i have just brought your 4 pot system and i will be using cocca professional soil, i was wondering is it best to pack the bottom of your pots with clay pebbles/stones like surggested on other pot systems ive used in the past, and if so, what depth would you recommend..... many thanks jay - Posted by jay

Josh's Answer... Hi Jay.... Personally I would use a more free draning mix... go to www.autopot.co.uk .... Useful Information.... Instruction Sheets...... You will see the brochure section...... There are suggestions in the brochure..... I would make sure you are using pebble that are pH stable..... if not they will need pH balancing for at least 24 hours....... Also once potted up and watered through with half strength feed let the plant establish before you turn the system on..... 7 days max...... hope this helps..... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi AutoPot, Last year I got a Juliana Diamant greenhouse and also got me some self watering growing boxes. However I dont find those boxes very nice nor handy, and I have now seen your produts. The Juliana Diamant is a 7 sided greenhouse and has afloor measurement (center of a side to one corner) of 321cm. I have been trying to configure a good setup for growing both cucumbers and tomatoes mainly. Is the Easy2Grow size big enough for growing tomatoes? Can you make a suggestion for such a greenhouse? (http://www.juliana.com/Produkter/Drivhuse/Diamant/tabid/122/language/da-DK/Default.aspx) Thanks in advance. Br Michael - Posted by Michael Frandsen

Josh's Answer... Hi Michael.... Any of the systems will grow any plant of any size...... The most popular system in the garden centre market is the easy2grow range...... If you need more information please go to www.autopot.co.uk..... Useful Information..... Instruction Sheets..... Then take a look at the brochure you will see lots of plants growing in easy2grow trays...... you can also see the sizes of the trays in order to assess your requirements..... Hope this helps.... but if you need any further help..... By the spec you have given me..... It would be best for you to lay the trays around the perimeter of your greenhouse... use 16mm pipe to supply the water..... then simply reduce the pipe to 6mm at each AQUAvalve point.... x1 large reservoir of not less than 100 ltrs will be OK.... Josh

The Question Asked... Hello :) I purchased flexi tank and I have been using it for a few months now, but I can't tell if it's mold or a residue build up from the fertilizer inside of the tank once the water level lowers? Any suggestions? Thanks Ben - Posted by Ben Vidmar

Josh's Answer... Hi Ben, This is just the residue left from the water and from the nutrients.... no need to worry..... simply at the end of your growing, remove the legs.... turn the tank inside out and wash it and then put the legs back in place... Josh....

The Question Asked... EASY2GROW 100 FLEXITANK SET. how much is up in indonesia ? and what about taxes ! thank's - Posted by marvhelbjn

Josh's Answer... Hello there... If you could provide us with your delivery address we will be able to provide you with a quote. We could ship this to you from Thailand as we have a distribution point there. Could you email mail@autopot.co.uk with your delivery details and we will provide you with a quote.... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, I asked you about the easy2grow systems some time ago, you answered just fine and I finally got my own setup with 6 pots/3trays! what I did so far: My plants went from seeds to Jiffies, in which they germinated just fine. Then I put them in 1l pots filled with coco/perlite 60/40. When they had rooted through the pots completely, I pottes them into the 8,5l Autopots with coco/perlite 60/40. Then I handfeeded from top once. Yesterday, I nticed the first tips of roots coming through the slices od the pots, so I finally got my trays and stuff set up. question: Until now, it all seems to go fine! no troubel setting up, no leaks, all just fine! But: As every newb, I check on my system in a high frequency, to see if the watering goes well. Everytime I lift the pots from the trays, there seems to be just the same amoutn of water in them. Although the Pots are really heavy and soaked up, so the plants drank just fine. Is that normal? does the system take some time to "set itself"? Is there a chance that I get a look in a tray that is dry at a moment, or are they always full of water? I thought there was a dry period aswell? thanks a lot, nyhc - Posted by nyhc

Josh's Answer... Hi NYHC, I would suggest not to keep lifting the pots in and out of the tray as you will increase and decrease the level of water..... if you need to check keep the cover off for a while..... the water should fill to half way on the collar (20mm) and then drain to almost nothing.... have you pre-set the AQUAvalve.... if not go to the website.... Useful information...... Instruction sheets..... go to the bottom 2 lines and open up one of the PDF tht is apprpreiate to your system... you will see information on how to pre-set your AQUAvalve...... hope this help..... by the way how do the plants look..... Josh....

The Question Asked... HI Josh I am purchasing your system with the air dome and pump. Autopot System 15lt pots how long do i run the pump for each day ? regards Danny - Posted by DANNY RUDDELL

Josh's Answer... Hi Danny.... Please take a look at the instructions for the AirDome instructions..... GO TO.... Home page.....Useful information.... AirDome instructions...... I would suggest that the pump is only on during the daylight..... you can either pulse it or have it on continually..... The instructions will help.... Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I have a four pot system my res has no light getting into it. I am using a 70l per hour aerator. I have discovered a brown algae in my res any ideas as to why this is happening & any advice would be appreciated. thanks - Posted by john

Josh's Answer... Hi John..... No need to use a pump in the reservoir.... adding air naturally increases the pH of the water in the tank..... Are you using organic fertiliser..... this is not advisable.... clean mineral fertilisers are ideal.... If you want to move the water around use a small pump..... Salts will always drop out of the nutrients..... this is a natural occurance.... do not worry..... only be concerned if you are using organic fertiliser as they have a tendancy to block small pipe work..... Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi mate I recently lent a mate my auto pot and they've been returned with no tray lids,can I purchase these separately? - Posted by David

Josh's Answer... Hi David, Unfortunately the lids are not sold seperatley as the tray and lid are from the same mould..... Anything to cover the AQUAvalve area will do..... Josh......

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, thanks for answering my last question. You asked me how my plants would look like, in general. Let me say a few things, that might be interesting for readers: - Overall, I am highly satisfied with my purchase (easy2grow 6pot setup) - The less I care about the plants or the system itself, the better it seems to work... - Despite of refilling the tank with the feeding I like, I don´t have to do anything. This is great! The only thing that is not so cool is the following: I should have bought a one-pot-system! The plants that share a tray are standing to close together, in my opinion. This, of course, depends on what kind of plants you grow :-) In my case, my homebox is a jungle! All filled up with leaves and branches, just great! So far, I like what I see! One more question: I plan to flush my plants about 10 days before harvest. Can I "flush" by just filling the tank with ph-stabilized water, or should I take the pots out of the homebox and flush manually? Is this necessary? kind regards, nyhc another customer pleased :-) - Posted by NYHC

Josh's Answer... Hi NYHC.... Glad all is OK... the 1Pot version is very popular in the hydroponic industry and the easy2grow range is popular in the garden centre industry..... As you said simply use pH balanced water at the end of your crop if you wish to leach out any salts in the pots.... DO NOT pour plain water into the top of the pot.... Hope this helps Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi josh, Is it possible to reduce the max water level to 15 or 10mm? Thanks - Posted by Craig

Josh's Answer... Hi Craig.... the pre-set level is 20mm.... it can only be increased not decreased... sorry.... Josh..

The Question Asked... Josh, I have been very pleased with my AutoPot Easy2Grow system. So far, the 12 gallon reservoir that came with it has worked out fine for growing dwarf tomato plants. Now that I am considering using the Easy2Grow system for Determinate & Indeterminate tomatoes, Zucchini, Cucumbers, and Melons, I would like to know about reservoir sizing. How much nutrient water in gallons would I need over the growing season for the vegetables that I am considering growing? I would like to only fill a tank once for the season, and am wondering what to expect per plant in water use. - Posted by Matt

Josh's Answer... Hi Matt.... A very difficult question to ask.... how many plants do you have and what types of plants in the quantity per plant.... If you let me know this I can help more.... Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi Josh. i have planted my plants in Canna Professional Soil and have not put a layer of pebbles/perlite in the bottom. Is this going to effect the plants due to the soil being constantly waterlogged? - Posted by stephen mayley

Josh's Answer... Hi Stephen..... Ideally you should have used 50/50 coco and perlite.... However.... all will be fine..... Pot up.... water through with pH 5.6 and half strength feed.... allow to drain and place in your tray.... allow plants to establish BEFORE you turn your system on....7-10 days should do it...... once the plant/s have established in the pots then turn the system on....... Drive the plants in the early stages of their life..... make them work for the water already in the pot....... Hope this helps.... Josh....

The Question Asked... bonsoir josh j ai un petit probleme avec mes autopots j en ai 3 de 15 litre et il y en a 2 ou l aquavalve qui se ferme pas du coup j ai eu une innondation pouvez vous me dire si c est a cause des filtre ou pas comment faire pour resoudre le probleme merci d avance!! - Posted by seb

Josh's Answer... Hello, i have asked Cyrille in France to contact you ..... he is our distributor in France..... he will assist..... Josh...

The Question Asked... have just purchased 6 airdomes , and would like to know the best airpump to use with them - Posted by david marrs

Josh's Answer... Hi David... Please go to the AirPumps section (on-line shop) this section advises on the size of pump for the required AirDomes.... Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hi I am in Australia, and interested to buy 2-3 AQUAbox. Do you ship to Melbourne, Australia, and if you do what would be the cost? - Posted by alex

Josh's Answer... Hi Alex..... No problem at all.... please email nick@autopot.co.uk he will be able to advise on all the applicable costs involved.....Josh...

The Question Asked... I intend to try grafting tomato plants this spring. I have thought of starting the seeds in rockwool cubes before moving them to my easy2grow set up have you any advive. Regards Bill - Posted by W E Race

Josh's Answer... Hello Mr Race..... Please ensure that you establish the plants well first before you place the plants in the 8.5 ltr pots... I would suggest that the plants are around 8 inches tall before you pot up.... Josh.....

The Question Asked... Hello, Could you tell me, if 4pot system could be used as DWC with 15L filled water ? or only for subsrate? - Posted by IVAN

Josh's Answer... Hi Ivan.... Sorry I'm a little confused the AutoPot 4Pot System is NOT a Deep Water Culture system... please go to www.autopot-usa.com to see how it works..... If you need any further help please let me know.... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi josh iv put the gold discs in the bottom of the pot faced up its been a few week now everthin seems ok just worried it may effect in time - Posted by Lee

Josh's Answer... Hi Lee..... Don't panic.... it will be fine...... just keep an eye out for any roots escaping from the pots and heading towards the AQUAvalve.... if some do escape..... simply lift the pot and cut them off with a sharp knife..... dont worry this will not damage the palnt..... Josh...

The Question Asked... Does the smart valve behave erratically as to regard depth of shut off.One of my valves allowed the water level to set at the top of the valve after allowing a lower level for some time. I tried the same valve in a clean flat bottom bowl and it reverted to the usual shut off level - Posted by bernard keen

Josh's Answer... Hi Bernard... The AQUAvalve is designed to fill to 20mm..... to gauge the depth it should fill to around half way up the collar.... are you certain that the AQUAvalve was secured to the base of the tray...... This can possibly be caused if the pipe attached is pulled and the AQUAvalve dislodged..... please ensure the AQUAvalve is secured to the tray and that both silicones are correctly in place..... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh I have just bought 6 airdomes for my autopots, my question. Should the tubing be of equal lengths to the pump? Regards Michael - Posted by Michael

Josh's Answer... Hi Michael..... Ideally it would be best to ensure all the air supply pipe is the same length.... Josh...

The Question Asked... Do you sell the 25litre xl pots with a 2 pot system? How much are they? regards Keith - Posted by Keith

Josh's Answer... Hi Keith..... The 25ltr pot only fits the new 1Pot XL tray as it has a round base.... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Are the 25ltre xl pots available for sale as part of the one pot system and could you tell me the price if they are? I can't seem to be able to find any info on them on the website except an advert saying they are available kind regards Keith - Posted by Keith

Josh's Answer... Hi Keith ... The 1Pot XL products were added to the website last week..... I think just the tray & 25ltr pot need to be added as separate items... this should be done in the next 24 hours..... Josh...

The Question Asked... Hi I have had the 2 pot system for two years now and have grown cucumbers in consecutive years. The first year the cucumbers became waterlogged suffered and died although I did receive a reasonable crop, on disposing of the plant I noticed the compost was soaked through, this I believe being the reason my cucumbers died prematurely. Last year trying a different compost mix 50/50 with per lite, I felt confident that my cucumbers would live longer however as soon as I turned on the water the plants quickly showed signs of over watering wilted and died. One cucumber I had spare I watered manually throughout the season and it remained productive until mid October. Is there anything I am doing wrong? I also have not noticed the wet and dry cycle that the valve is supposed to regulate? I did buy an extension last year but have not connected it yet until I can get the system working. Also how long do the square copper sheets last until they need replacing? - Posted by Harry Wolstanholme

Josh's Answer... Hi Harry..... Cucumbers hate wet feet... the mix of substrate you used last year is good..... you need to pot up water through and allow your plant/s to establish for several weeks before you turn the system on..... this will ensure that the root system develops and also you will work the plant hard in the early stage.... this should be standard practice for all plants when using AutoPot products..... Have you made sure that you have pre-set your AQUAvalve ..... please go to useful information.... instruction sheets..... on the website...... there is information on how to ensure your AQUAvalve floods and drains correctly.... The copper Root control discs will last several seasons.... however most people re-new them each year..... I hope this helps.... if you encounter any further problems please let me know...... Josh....

The Question Asked... Hi Josh, Biotab: maybe I'm missing something but £16 to fertilise one tomato plant for the year seems a tad on the high side! - Posted by Robert Hook

Josh's Answer... Hi Robert..... Unfortunately that is the price of organics...... Jason has been testing them since November and will be undertaking larger trials at the farm this year.... Once set up it is just a matter of ensuring just plain water is kept in the tank.....