Hey Slaps, that was my last grow exactly! I think there was too much perlite above the overflow hole in mine (because the water never wicked into the soil), so mine really seemed more like a hempy grow with a bucket of dry soil above it. That was a good thing or it would have tipped over if the only thing holding it down was perlite!
Can't complain since it turned out well, but I was hoping for the moist soil others get in SWICKs.
Build here. Plant here. Harvest here. Rootpsy here.
Hey Shed, that seems to be the problem with that type of grow. I use a 2” PVC with the bottom cut at a steep angle as a way to get the water and/or nutrients down into the perlite without wetting the soil. The key imo is in the very beginning to keep the soil dry forcing the roots out in search of water…. Finding it in the perlite reservoir to develop a good foundation and constant water source.. Then top water sparingly as if it was rain to encourage shallow roots to track down water there. It’s a fine balance. Too much of what they want in the reservoir-no need to look any shallower, too much water in the soil layer-no need to look deeper. Allowing them to dry staggered is what I found to be the best.
I’m totally jammed up in my tents now but I am totally interested in the swick and know it can probably produce the optimal balance of hydro and soil. Going to start collecting the parts I need lol.
Pics are a 3x3 tent 1 ChemD in a 5 gal — slapified hempy sip… I guess??