Plants are not getting enough water

If you find your plants are not getting enough water in your verdeGarden check out these helpful tips for trouble shooting. If the problem persists, please Contact Us for support. 

1. How may hours is your pump running?

The number of hours your pump needs to run can vary due to factors such as type and maturity of plants in your garden, room temperature and humidity. 12 hours is ideal for both your pump and LED grow light to be on simultaneously. 8 hours is the minimum your pump can run. This should be during daylight hours so your plants can rest at night. The verdeGarden should never be in direct sunlight as it can cause UV damage to the unit; however, if there is sunlight in addition to the LED light, this can also be a factor and may require running the pump for additional hours. 

2. Check the the T-irrigation tube and clip

At the top of your garden is the T-irrigation tube. The irrigation tubes should be securely fastened into the center clip as pictured below and be pushed all the way down so the irrigation tubes are resting on the top net pots. 

verde Indoor Garden irrigation clip 

3. Ensure the Coco seed pucks are sitting on the bottom of the net pots

The coco coir seed puck must be on the bottom of the net pot and it should be centered as best you can. It is OK to remove some grow medium if needed.

4. Check that the water is flowing from the upper pots down through the lower pots

Water is meant to flow from the T-irrigation tube through the top pots on each side. The water should then flow through the subsequent lower pots until reaching the reservoir.

verdeGarden hydroponic irrigation system

In rare occasions the water can hit the grow medium (clay or glass pellets) and refract off to the side of the garden, rather than down the middle. Generally once the plants have established roots this is not a problem as they fill the inside of the garden and can seek out water, but as seeds or seedlings, one must ensure the coco pucks are moist. 

Tricks to solve this

  • Determine where the problem is. Staring at the top remove one pot at a time. A towel is handy to catch drips and a tupperwear container to temporarily store the pots/plants. Confirm:
    • Water is flowing through the top t-irrigation tubes on both sides
    • The bottom of the pot and coco coir puck is moist
    • Look inside the garden through the pot-hole to confirm that water is running down the center as a thin film.
  • If the pot is dry, spin the pot above it a 1/8 turn clockwise at a time and see if this redirects the water. Let the water run for a few minutes before re-checking the dry pot. 
  • After spinning the pot above the dried-out pot 365 degrees, if the pot below is still dry, remove up to the bottom 1/3 of grow medium from the pot above. This should mitigate the water refracting off and allow it to drip directly below. 

5. Start new seeds (even if some plants are more mature) 

Unless you have a mono-crop, it is natural to have plants at different stages of growth in your garden at the same time. When adding new seeds revert back to just water and follow the feeding guide for your seedlings. The more mature plants growth will temporarily be slowed down, but it is common to have plants at different stages in your indoor garden and fresh water flushes are a part of this process. As the seedlings grow follow their nutrient requirement's.

6. Help your plants establish roots and seek out nutrients

As soon as you see little green sprouts, it is second nature to start wanting to feed your plants nutrients, but WAIT.  Are the seedling below ready for nutrients? Technically yes because they have four leaves each, but technically wait another week or two. The two rounder leaves are not actually leaves, while the longer darker ones are. Waiting another one to two weeks before adding nutrients forces the seedling to send out roots to find nutrients. This can help ensure your plants are receiving the water they need and with more established roots, they will grow healthier and faster.

Growing food indoors

Not working? Or need help?

Don't get frustrated, starting an indoor garden is a lot to bite off but once you are up and running it will be smooth sailing. Lettuce help you, please feel free to contact us and we can set-up a call or video chat to help you through any growing challenges. Contact Us