The GreenStalk’s watering system is patented and it’s definitely different from what else is out there. It’s super simple, but can take some time to get used to. So we thought we’d make a post with the most frequently asked questions about watering.
How does the watering system work?
What makes GreenStalk different is that the water isn’t going through the soil of the top tier to get the lower tiers. The water travels through plastic pieces then slow drips to the soil. It makes for more consistent watering and you’re not over-saturating some tiers to bring water to others.
The GreenStalk’s watering system works on overflow – but not in the way you might think! Unlike other stackable planters, the GreenStalk has a series of reservoirs in each tier that deliver fresh water to each tier at the same time. When you fill that top water reservoir with a big gush of water, and it flows through the center column, it stops along the way to fill each tier’s grey disk with water. The grey disks then start dripping fresh water to each pocket.
How do I water the GreenStalk Vertical Planter?
For best results, water with a bucket or with a hose that has good water pressure. You can water with a slower filling hose, but you may not be able to reach those tier marks before excess water runs out the bottom, and that’s ok. Those marks are just a general guide.
To find the perfect amount of water you need with your hose, keep filling the top water reservoir until water rushes out the bottom. You can then stop filling the top and know that the bottom tier is getting water. Next time you water, you’ll know how high to fill it based on your water pressure.
For more details, check out this video all about watering with different water pressures:
Should I use a cap to cover the center hole in the top water reservoir?
We do not recommend using the Mover’s black cap to block the center hole when filling with water. The center hole is a funneling system that delivers the water to tiers below. Using the methods above, you won’t need to use a cap to get to the appropriate watering level in the top.
How often will I need to water my GreenStalk Garden?
How often you will need to water will vary widely by your location, time of year, weather and crop planted. In Knoxville, TN, we expect to water our summer crops (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc) at least every 1-2 days. But in the fall and spring, we may only have to water every 1-2 weeks.
How will I know when to water my GreenStalk?
You’ll want to water your plants when the soil begins to dry out. If you let it dry out completely, your plants may be wilted and stressed. So every day or two check on your plants to make sure the soil is moist but not constantly soaked.
Is the center hole supposed to look like that or is my piece broken?
The center hole on the top water reservoir and the grey disks are intentionally “notched out” to ensure that the water you dump in the top water reservoir makes it to the grey disks below and not just straight out the bottom of the planter. The design ensures that the center funneling system will create a cyclone to deliver fresh water to each tier.
Why is water running straight out of the planter and not filling the grey disks?
Be sure that your grey disks are clean and that there is one per tier (except the top tier which has a top water reservoir). If there’s a large amount of water coming out of the bottom tier, you may be overfilling the top water reservoir.
Sometimes it can be hard to see the grey disks slow dripping water to the soil, so if you are unsure if this is happening, lift the top tier while the top water reservoir is still draining water. Due to the funnel design of the GreenStalk Vertical Planter, it isn’t possible for water to just travel all the way through the GreenStalk without stopping at the tiers first.
How do I water seeds in the GreenStalk?
You may have noticed that the water doesn’t always make it to the ends of the pockets of the GreenStalk. As your plants grow, they can easily access the moisture in the soil because their roots fill the planter. But in the beginning, we recommend hand watering the pockets at least until the seeds germinate. This helps ensure that your seeds are staying consistently moist. Once your sprouts come up, you can use the top water reservoir to water all your plants.
Do you have a GreenStalk gardening question that we didn’t cover here? Message us anytime – we’re happy to help: firstname.lastname@example.org