QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by trisky1000 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:55 pm

just intersted in what people do! my plants have been in the quadgrow for 3 weeks and roots have worked their way round and though the wick and starting to hit the water underneath! do i trim these roots, will they just die or get root rot if left?

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by sn00p » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:10 pm

Leave them, it's what they do.

All my plants have huge root systems which are extending into the self watering reservoirs, they're all big plants as well.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by OxfordNick » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:44 pm

I've been hugely impressed with the Chilligrows - I have Tomatoes in the Quadgrows & Chillies in the Chilligrows in the greenhouse & both have really taken off:
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The chillies are pretty much up to the roof - over 2 meters - and Im having to cut them back to stop them popping out the vents.. Lots of fruit coming.

Using the Standard nutes for both - infact I use them for the odds & sods in pots in the greenhouse too.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by OxfordNick » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:02 pm

Well it was a bit more managable back in June before we knew we were going to have a summer..
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Now its getting difficult to get in there without breaking bits off - I should post a growlog really.

Ive not got a huge garden, but the greenhouse against the wall was a great investment (4'x10'):
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Infact Im thinking of putting another one up when the veggies are finished.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by Slyboy » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:51 pm

Had the quad grow slims for the last few years and they are the lowest maintenance best bang for your buck you can buy IMHO.

(and no I don't work for Greenhouse Sensations!)

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Post by JezzerBell » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:27 pm

Thanks Slyboy - believe it or not the wife's just agreed to buy them for me as a birthday present. Things are 'on the up!'. 8)

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by bullgoose » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:43 pm

Took delivery of my quads and chilli grow today and have a quick question regarding nutrient. When plants are small should i use a half strength mix ? (3ml per litre) and do people here put nutrient at 6ml per ltr every time they top up when the plants are larger :?:

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by Slyboy » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:48 pm

I cant remember what it says on the instructions but am pretty sure that I have just added the full strength nutes to the reservoir and the little plants use as much of it as they need. Initially you will find the nutrient water level hardly changes or goes down until they are well established. When the temperatures and plants were at their peak (high 30's every day in the greenhouse) I was refilling the quadgrow 30litre reservoir weekly.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by TheOzricle » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:53 pm

I'm the same. 15ml of each a+b per 5ltrs rings a bell. I was only adding 5ltrs to my res until the plants were more established though so the water wasn't hanging around in the res for weeks.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by Shep » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:03 pm

By the time the plants are big enough to go in the Quadgrow they'll be mature enough to take a full strength feed.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by Mustafa Chilli » Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:45 am

I looked at these and couldn't see a difference between the quadgrow and someone using a trough filled with water with a couple of pots inside.

It seems rather expensive if that is that case, or am I missing something?
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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by ChilliJez » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:06 am

Mustafa Chilli wrote:I looked at these and couldn't see a difference between the quadgrow and someone using a trough filled with water with a couple of pots inside.

It seems rather expensive if that is that case, or am I missing something?
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Essentially you're right. The pots actually sit above the reservoir and have wicks to lift nutrient solution to the roots. I have made my own versions in the past.

However, having been given one I think they're properly made and sturdy. It'll last years unlike my lash ups in the past. And it works without messing. I'd consider buying another and I wouldn't have said that before.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by TheLargeOne » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:49 am

i have 8 of these in the polytunnel ATM and will definately be investing in more for next year
the difference in QG plants and my normal 15l bucket grows is remarkable..much bigger plants and ripened pods about 3-4 weeks earlier

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by ChilliJez » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:56 pm

Look at Pigeon's grow log om May 13th for a decent homemade example. And today's entry for how successful it is.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by Mustafa Chilli » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:50 pm

ChilliJez wrote:Look at Pigeon's grow log om May 13th for a decent homemade example. And today's entry for how successful it is.
Thank you. It looks impressive, and far cheaper.

A few questions though, if you don't mind.

The wife says that I should pot-up in increments. Yet with these, it looks like you transplant them into a far larger pot. Is that correct?

The Capillary Matting... is that what's it's called in B&Q? (Their site is offline atm, so cannot check) The staff are thicker than I am. When I asked if they had any cheshunt compound (and said it was for damping off) they sent me to the decorating dept.

Also, how far up the pot do you have the wick? Does it reach the top part of the soil, or is it crunched up at the bottom of the pot?

What sort of size pot do you recommend?

Thank you
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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by Mustafa Chilli » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:00 am

B&Q are back online and I've found the matting...
http://www.diy.com/nav/garden/garden-ca ... d=12418243

I have also found the bins that were mentioned, from IKEA. But they only have transparent ones online.
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/produ ... #/20052012
14L sounds rather a lot, esp if potting up from a small container.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by RossDargan » Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:31 pm

Mustafa Chilli wrote:B&Q are back online and I've found the matting...
http://www.diy.com/nav/garden/garden-ca ... d=12418243

I have also found the bins that were mentioned, from IKEA. But they only have transparent ones online.
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/produ ... #/20052012
14L sounds rather a lot, esp if potting up from a small container.
How many pots do you think that matting would do?

Really tempted to try my own build!

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by Mustafa Chilli » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:45 pm

RossDargan wrote:
Mustafa Chilli wrote:B&Q are back online and I've found the matting...
http://www.diy.com/nav/garden/garden-ca ... d=12418243

I have also found the bins that were mentioned, from IKEA. But they only have transparent ones online.
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/produ ... #/20052012
14L sounds rather a lot, esp if potting up from a small container.
How many pots do you think that matting would do?

Really tempted to try my own build!
I cannot remember how many Pigeon got from his. I think it was 8.

It does depend on a few factors - size of hole made, depth of container etc.

For me, I used the full width at about 5 inches. Next time I will make it 6 inches as a far bit of soil passed through the bucket into the container, before it was filled with water.

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Re: QuadGrow - Greenhouse Sensations

Post by RossDargan » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:25 pm

Cool. Thanks - I'll try it out!

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