So as many of you may know I have a few different auto watering set ups on my growing rack. Since I am going to be waking up my sleepy traps soon I'm debating whether or not I should put them into my 'rainforest' (top watering system, like a rainmaker), or put them into my flood and drain 'swamp' garden.
I used the tray method for watering my traps last year, and that went okay, here's what I'm considering
1. Oxygen to roots
-Both systems enable oxygen to get to the roots. The rain forest brings oxygen down when watering, and the flood and drains pulls oxygen to the roots when the table drains (theoretically).
2. Soil flushing
-The rainforest wins this category hands down. Since the flood waters only go up about 3 inches on the pot it wont necessarily periodically flush out the potting mix.
3. Water Conservation
-The flood and drain system increases humidity within the growing area because the table stays flooded for 30 min 6 times daily. This also leads to water loss through evaporation.
-The rainforest is only on for 1 minute at a time every 2 hours for a total of 7 cycles, there is less water lost by means of evaporation
4. Traps closing
-Obviously here the 'rain' may trigger some traps to close, I don't feel too worried about this but it is something I am considering in order to save plant energy to get the most out of the growing season
-My rainforest set up in extremely full due to my addiction to nepenthes I have plenty of room for traps in my bog garden though.
What do you guys think? How do you water your plants? top water or tray method? I know there's plenty of topics on this subject, but I feel this situation is a bit....special
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