5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 16, 2017 3:26 AM by joed

    Root growth in Water Tank

    jdgarber

      About 3-4 weeks in and tower garden is growing nicely.  Added water today and noticed a LOT of the roots are growing down into the water reservoir.  My question is:  Do I need to do anything to keep the roots in check so they don't clog up the water pump?  Should long and thick roots ever be trimmed at all?  Thanks in Advance!

        • Re: Root growth in Water Tank
          joed

          Hi jdgarber, You should keep roots out of the TG nutrient tub as part of daily / weekly maintenance schedule. Just reach-in to the tub access port, grab a handful and pull them out. Be sure not to remove more than 1/3 of the existing root mass at a time. Give the plants a day or so to recover before repeating the procedure. Repeat until roots do not touch nutrient solution in the tub. Keep the tub full and do not let tub level drop below 1/2 full.

           

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          • Re: Root growth in Water Tank
            fred

            It is very difficult to reach in the tub via the access port, our hand and arm can only reach so far. Do you have other suggestions ?

              • Re: Root growth in Water Tank
                joed

                Hi fred, Well, I carefully lift the white TG base off the tub just enough to get my hands inside (it really doesn't take much)... and Yes, I have a Support Cage. I do not use the Support Cage metal support rods as this prevents me from lifting the the white base AND defeats one of the key features of the TG: the ability to turn the base 1/4 turn each day for balanced sun exposure. Besides, (in my opinion), those metal rods don't do much good anyway. ;-)

                 

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                  • Re: Root growth in Water Tank
                    fred

                    Thanks for the idea , at this point we have full growth on all of our plants. We can reach in with our hand to pull some but no very much.  We do have the metal rods secured in too. I think it would be hard to unscrew them at this point. Any other suggestions ?

                      • Re: Root growth in Water Tank
                        joed

                        Hi fred, I do not recommend using anything other than your hands to remove excess roots from the TG nutrient tub. That being said...

                         

                        You should be able to unscrew the nut from the top of the Support Cage rods. This will allow you to drop the lower end of the rods far enough to allow the bottom nuts to be removed. Once the bottom nuts are removed, you can either completely remove the Support Cage rods or push them back up far enough so that the top nuts can be reinstalled (screw them in as far as they can go).

                         

                        If you are unable to remove or modify the Support Cage rods so that you can lift the white TG base and you cannot get at least one hand / forearm into the tub access port then I would stay the course with your current crop and revisit this issue at a point in time in your growing season when you can completely disassemble / reassemble your TG without impacting your crop.

                         

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