Plant Irrigation Indoors: Set Up A System For Watering Houseplants
Setting up an indoor watering system doesn’t have to be complicated and is so worthwhile when you’re finished. Plant irrigation indoors saves time that you can devote to other areas of your plant’s needs. It also allows plants to get watered when you’re away from home.
Indoor Plant Watering Devices
There are a few indoor plant watering systems that you can purchase and put together, including smart irrigation systems. There are also self-watering stakes and self-watering containers. These are ready to use straight from the box.
We’ve likely all seen the bulbs that are used to water our plants. Some are plastic and some are glass. These are attractive, inexpensive, and easy to use but the capabilities are limited. You might use them if you just need to water your plants for a few days at a time.
Numerous DIY watering devices are discussed on blogs online. Some are as simple as an upside-down water bottle. Most, however, tend to drench the plant and don’t allow much control of the amount of water you’re providing.
Indoor Drip Plant Watering System
If you want an automatic houseplant system for watering houseplants that works for the entire season, such as in a greenhouse where you’re growing multiple plants, you can use a drip system on a timer. Drip watering is better for the plants in many situations and less likely to spread diseases.
The setup is not so simple as some already discussed, but not difficult. You’ll need to invest a little more but purchasing a system kit ensures you have all the materials. Purchase the entire system together instead of buying it piece by piece. They include tubing, fittings to keep tubing in the proper place, emitter heads, and a timer.
The installation process begins at the water source. If a water softener is installed, hook up in a way to bypass it, usually by installing an additional hose bib. The salts used in the water softener are toxic to plants.
Install a backflow preventer in this situation. This keeps water that carries fertilizer from flowing back into your clean water. Hook up the filter assembly along with the backflow preventer. Insert the timer, then the hose thread to pipe thread adapter. There may also be a pressure reducer for your water source. For this system, you’ll need to look at the plant’s setup and determine how much tubing is needed.
Setting up an indoor watering system doesn’t have to be complicated and is worthwhile too. Find tips for easy plant irrigation indoors in this article.
DIY Automatic Watering System for Indoor Cannabis
An indoor automatic watering system makes managing your cannabis grow easier and more efficient. Setting up an automatic watering system for your grow tent or grow room is not as difficult as you might think. It requires no special skills and all the information you need is right here. There are expensive kits available, but it is just as easy and far cheaper to purchase the things you need and put it together following the instructions below.
The automatic watering system that I describe is designed to allow you to water multiple times per day without supervision. Below you will find complete plans for a DIY Automatic Drip System for your grow tent. We also have plans for DIY Self-Draining Saucers and a DIY Auto-Pumping Drain Bucket to remove water from the tent. Together these three components create an effective, reliable, reasonably priced and easily set-up automatic watering system for indoor cannabis.
In this guide, I cover setting up the drip system. I include the components that you need along with assembly and installation instructions. I also cover the siphon effect problem that will limit the height that the water can be in your reservoir tank. This guide includes all the information you need to set-up and install your indoor automatic watering system for your grow room or grow tent.
Once you get the system in place, there are several keys to managing it properly. Be sure to read our “Guide to Automatic Watering for Indoor Cannabis”. We also have several articles and tutorials to help you feed and water your cannabis plants like a pro. Be sure to read “Growing Cannabis in Coco with High Frequency Fertigation” and “How to Water Cannabis Plants in Coco Coir” to get started.
DIY Automatic Watering System Overview
An Automatic Watering system begins with a reservoir, which should sit outside the tent or grow space. A pump sits in the reservoir and runs on a timer. The pump delivers water through one main waterline into the tent, where it is distributed to the plants using Hydro Halos or drip emitters.
My pots sit on plant elevators in “Self-Draining Saucers”, which empty to my “Automatic Pumping Drain Bucket”. The automatic pumping drain bucket resolves the problem with collecting run-off and prevents you from having to raise your pots within the tent. It automatically moves the run-off water from the tent to a separate bucket which sits outside the tent, next to the reservoir. This is a complete and reliable automatic watering system that any grower can assemble.
Complete plans for an automatic watering system for your indoor cannabis grow. Everything you need to set up a drip system for your grow room or tent.