How do the DripCap® and CubeCap® reduce the use of water and fertilizer by at least 30%?
When using the DripCap® or CubeCap®, your plants receive the same amount of water and fertilizer that you, the grower, originally intended to distribute. The 30% savings are derived from the cap’s ability to retain moisture that would normally have evaporated into the air when using drip stakes.
Acting like a vapour barrier, the DripCap® and CubeCap® reduce the rate of water evaporation in the growing medium. The evaporation rate in a warm room is usually higher than 50%. The caps keep the growing medium closer to the desired moisture level for a longer period of time, thereby reducing the necessary watering frequency.
When prematurely evaporated, moisture leaves behind a higher than desired ec/salt level in your growing medium. The DripCap ® and CubeCap® mediums have an increased flushing effect that help maintain a lower and more desirable ec/salt level.
How does the DripCap® and CubeCap® reduce algae, fungus gnats and larvae?
Algae requires moisture and light to thrive. Both the DripCap® and CubeCap® minimize light, consequently reducing the algae’s ability to thrive. The preferred breeding ground for fungus gnats is an algae environment. With no algae environment available, fungus gnats cannot lay their eggs, which would have otherwise hatched into root-damaging, yield-decreasing yields.
What are the holes on the top of some DripCaps® for?
The holes on top of some older model DripCaps® are there for a more uniform drip.
Why does water sometimes come out of the holes on the top of an older model DripCap® when I turn my pump on?
The pump is too strong, you are forcing too much water into the DripCap® at once.
If I don’t want to change my pump, what should I do to control the amount of water coming out of the top of the DripCap®?
The holes on the top of the DripCap are for the equalizing of pressure, for a more even and unformed drip, with a low rate of water flow.
If your experiencing water coming out of the holes on the top of the DripCap, it means that there is to much water pressure forcing at one time.
Our caps are non pressure compensated, to drip at the proper rate you will need to slow your water flow down.
Or, alternatively, if you are unable to do that you will need to seal your top holes with a water proof silicon.
To lower your water flow:
you can either add a pressure regulator, drip emitter or inline turn valve to the drip line like they do in all commercial greenhouses.It is a very easy application once you know the process. the Emitter's, valves & regulator's can easily be placed anywhere along your hose line which leads up to the DripCaps. We personally favour the little “in line turn valves” as you can adjust them to give the most possible flow or the least to each individual DripCap. An easy way to set them up after you install them is to run your pump, slowly open your valve until you see water just starting to come out of the top of the cap. When the water flows out of the top of the DripCap you would then, slowly, start turning your valve back down until you don't see any more water coming out of the top.At that point you have adjusted your turn valve for maximum flow. Just repeat that step for all of your caps.
Unable to lower your water flow:
You can do what Monster Garden did in the video link . They sealed the top holes with water proof silicone. Here is a link to their youtube video www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JUcsEjEVFk, In the video they are using far to much water going through the cap for demonstration purposes only (We do not endorse this type of dripping regiment)
Do all DripCaps® have holes on top?
No, newer models do not have holes.
How much water should I use to drip when using a DripCap®?
Approx. 150 – 200 ML (milliliters) per minute, for a duration of 5 minutes, 2-6 times throughout the day; depending on the specific requirements of your plants.
Do I need to use the two hose holders or can I just use one?
You can successfully feed your plants with just one hose holder.
I am using a flood & drain system, do I have to use a CubeCap® specifically, or can I flood and drain with a DripCap®?
You can use the DripCap® to flood and drain as well.
How can my plants maintain themselves with 30 to 50% less water and fertilizer?
Your plants DO NOT receive 30 to 50% less water and nutrients, the savings enable the DripCap® to decrease evaporation by these amounts.
How do the Dripcaps® reduce the usage of water and fertilizer?
By acting as a vapor barrier and decreasing evaporation.
Where are CubeCaps® & DripCaps® made?
Are DripCaps® and CubeCaps® biodegradable?
We have two types available, biodegradable and recyclable.
How long can I use a biodegradable DripCap® or CubeCap® for?
Over one year.
Are the non-biodegradable DripCaps® & CubeCaps® recyclable?
Do I need to tie the DripCaps® to the block to hold them down more securely?
If you place them correctly onto and into the block, no you do not.
Will my propagation hose fall out of the DripCap®?
If you secure it correctly to the hose holder, it should not come out.
Do the DripCaps® take more time to install and remove than the drip stakes?
They take an equal amount of time to install.
If the DripCaps® are more expensive than the drip stake, why should I pay more?
The initial cost of a DripCap® is more than a drip stake, but you end up receiving all of your investment back, and more. Using a DripCap will pay for itself and will increase your profit.
Under a commercial greenhouse system, do I still need an emitter?
What are the available sizes for DripCap® & CubeCap®?
10” Round DripCap
Are you going to make other sizes?
Yes, we are going to try and accommodate all of the most popular sizes of blocks, cubes and pots.
Why should I use DripCaps® or CubeCaps®?
Reduce the amount of water and fertilizer used by at least 30%.
Biodegradable and recyclable.
Reusable version available (made from recycled plastic).
Quick and easy installation.
Minimize algae growth and related problems.
Maintain a cooler temperature.
Larger, more uniform yields.
Protect stems and lower leaves from rotting.
Works on all growing mediums.
Old, depleted nutrients are flushed out of block, reducing EC/salt build-up.
Slow evaporation loss and irrigation frequency.
No separate drip stakes to buy.
Irrigation feed is securely locked in place (DripCap® only).
4 dripper holes for even distribution of water and nutrients (DripCap® only).
Cost is lower than the savings achieved, increasing profit.
Deflect seeds and other matter from falling into the growing medium.
Help maintain the integrity of Coco and/or peat blocks as they have the tendency to bulge out when moist.
What is the difference between a CubeCap® and a DripCap®?
CubeCap® is for the flood & drain method of irrigation with no option for a top feed drip.
DripCap® is for drip feeding from the top, it can also be used to flood & drain with.
Which types of growing mediums do the CubeCap® or DripCap® cover?
Any and all types of growing mediums can be covered with DripCap® & CubeCap®.
Can I use a DripCap® to flood & drain with?
Where can I purchase your products?
We are distributed worldwide, please contact your local supplier.