To keep plants healthy, it is crucial to regularly change the water in the system.
Follow these easy steps to change the water tank.
- Place a towel on the floor.
- Lift the water pump and unlock the lid.
- Switch off your Gardyn and unplug the power supply.
- Take the Gardyn from the bottom of the white columns and place it vertically on the towel on the floor.
2. Clean the tank and refresh the water
- Empty the tank and gently clean it with a sponge. You can add baking soda OR hydrogene peroxyde.
- Fill the tank with fresh tap water and add 3 tsp of plant food. You can learn more about Plant Food Usage here.
3. Clean underneath the lid and the water level sensor
- Use the 50/50 water and white vinegar mix to wipe off the white plastic underneath the lid as well as the funnels. Leave the funnels attached to the lid, there is no need to disassemble them.
- Gently wipe off with water only the black part, which is the water level sensor of your Gardyn.
4. Reassemble your Gardyn
- Place the top of the Gardyn back on the tank, reinstall the pump and plug back into a power source.
- The Gardyn can take a few minutes to wake up after it has been turned off and on again. The Gardyn will remember its stored WiFi credentials and automatically reconnect once it has time to fully reboot after about 15-20 minutes.
- The lights will come on at the next scheduled time or you can tap the Light tile to get your Gardyn glowing again! Resist the temptation to touch the silver button, as long pressing it will disconnect your Gardyn and erase your stored WiFi credentials. Grab a snack, relax, and check on your Gardyn via the app home screen.
How often does water need to be changed?
It should be done at least every 4 weeks to ensure a consistent water chemistry.
If you are a member, Kelby, your Personal Gardyner, will remind you to do it.
Does it depend on what is on the Gardyn?
Short answer is yes. You need to do it more frequently with larger, mature plants and heavy fruiting crops that require lots of nutrients. To combat this unbalance of ions without expensive tools and equipment, simply change the water in the tank more frequently.
While changing the water and cleaning the tank every week could be overkill and wasteful, it is common for Gardyners to refresh their system up to every 14 days if growing large fruiting crops.
Why is it important to change the water?
When a fresh tank is mixed and plant food added per the recommended rates, there exists a perfect balance of mineral ions in solution, with a stable pH.
Plants can then easily access and uptake these minerals as needed to maintain healthy growth.
Over time as the system recirculates and the tank is topped off over and over again, the ratios of those mineral ions can fall out of balance. Minerals then become harder for the plant to uptake, or unavailable within the solution.
Your plants will also tell you that water needs to be changed.
Forgetting to change water and clean the tank is one of the most common issues for general plant health. If you notice burning or yellowing on lower leaves, around new leaf edges, or yellowing between leaf veins, it’s a good indicator that the tank needs a fresh mix!
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