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Drippers or Hand feeding?

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Good morning Growroom420. Lately I've been having huge issue with drippers. They keep getting blocked. I've tried 3 different types and nothing changes. I've been hand feeding and kind of feel that plants are developing better?

Has anyone actually seen if the entire coco is getting moistured when using drippers? Wonder if makes a difference.
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What is better? And how do you stop your drippers from getting blocked?
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by hand feeding lol
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I had so many issues the last 2 grows it was unreal, bloody drippers. Hand feeding would be a nightmare for the way i grow. I'm debating taking the drippers off completely so its just the pipe trickling water in.
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Keeno wrote:
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taking the drippers off completely so its just the pipe trickling water in.
That's what I've done last night mate... I had enough of blocked drippers, all day every day!
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Though there was gonna be some mad science explanations ongoing but no lol
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Hah. I hand feed simply because I don't want to put any type of reservoir into my loft and I like getting up there nightly with the plants. I get home from work, smoke a joint, lift some weoghts and then chill out and feed the plants for 20 mins. I give them 2 litres each a night and they all have around 10%ish run off although it is going down on flower so may try 15 rather than 10 litres from tonight.
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I've been using a line cleaner/ph adjuster (plant magic pure clean) and made my own drip rings by using a soldering iron to make a few holes in the pipe as per Josh's drip halo vid. Never had any problems with blocking yet
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Nomoli wrote:
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as per Josh's drip halo vid
This would be the route I would go if using drippers. Always been put off drippers due to the various reports of them blocking which is why I like the look of that Alien Rain so much.

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My thinking Bulls is that coco needs feeding real quick so the weight of the water pulls fresh oxygen in and forces old out.
Soil needs slowly slowly waterings.

I water by hand in coco and in 2 sittings. 1st litre to dampen the coco and dissolve any salts, then a few minutes later sling another litre into the pots. That last litre should pull all the lovely fresh air in and force out all the loosened and dissolved salts.

Old wives stuff here, no science but it makes sense to me. :oik!: I think. :idn:
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If i had the time and patience i would hand feed but ease and no hassle feeding i use the Wilma with the blue drippers. I am annal about keeping it clean though def no slime in my res lol.

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I also have to add i have 0 kids and my only real responsibility after work is getting on the sofa for 9pm so I can watch some shit with the missus.

@marcus thats the old wives stuff I like. Might try that for now on.
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Drippers are a moving part. Moving parts can and will break. If the size of your room allows it, I'm always a fan of hand watering. No better beneficial than a farmers shadow in the garden. More intimate knowledge of the daily changes.

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in my head theres fuk all out there on the market when growing in coco in pots......... like good old fashion hand watering IMHO... drippers in my head i`d incline to think that they would soon play fuk with my medium within weeks of planting a sprout !! now then the main key factor growing soiless is to keep the medium well flushed with ferts daily is it not ? i cant see any dripper system on the market ATM than will do this !!!!!!!!!

so as of this I`M OUT. :oik!: good luck but give me a bucket and spade any day over a dripper :Stoned:

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1 last thingy...... canna actually like`s water ATM my 6 plants are seeing themselves through with 14 litres between them 6 plants in 5 ltr pots,i get a decent runoff every day :oik!:

here they been potted up 1 week from a 5 inch pot :idn:

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cmon do the maths + ffs do the ground work ennit.... the pot of medium is where its at for a healthy plant......+ the odd flush is bang tidy. :oik!:

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Hey bro, personally every time I fooled around with drippers I had problems. I will be the first to put my hand up and say that is most likely user error. But it caused me to go back to hand watering. I hand watered for years and always had good results. It forces you to spend daily time with your plants which is a good thing. But then...life gets in the way. Before the current pandemic state of affairs I would often have to go away for days or weeks on end...which put a stop to hand watering for me and forced me to investigate autopots. Took me a little bit to work out the pitfalls of autopots...since then have never looked back. I'm a huge fan of autpots. If I didn't use them...I would probably make a hempy bucket setup..I hear great things about hempy's...but have zero personal experience.
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Thank you all for the great feedback. Has anyone checked if rootball is better using hand feed and dripper with 2 plants grown next to each other?

I started hand feeding or using the 4mm feed line without any drippers on it..no blocking and takes 2 minutes instead of 15!
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Bulls wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:22 pm
Thank you all for the great feedback. Has anyone checked if rootball is better using hand feed and dripper with 2 plants grown next to each other?

I started hand feeding or using the 4mm feed line without any drippers on it..no blocking and takes 2 minutes instead of 15!
I mix my feed in a 20L bucket everyday. I have a res that I use to hold water for them but I dont feed from it. I mix feed then using water pump and hose with no drippers attached. Like a water hose outside. works for me but i would assume its prob not the best way hahaha
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Pipe Cleaners :Shock: hope they are secure enough Bulls. You would not want a flood.
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They are secure kbag. I am always there at the moment when I water, no timers. But I am thinking of another way of securing them better..so If anyone has cheap solution..I am all ears :lol:
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