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Instructions for the Revolution Planter

instructions for the Revolution Planter

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Frequently Asked Questions

Water fails to migrate from the Water Reservoir to the soil within a 24-hour period.

Solution: The Capillary Strip must be wet before it can absorb water from the Reservoir and transfer it to the soil. Immerse the Soft Reservoir in water until the white capillary strip is fully soaked. Place the reservoir on top of the planting mix and press it down to ensure there is good contact. If the top of the Soft Reservoir is not level with the top of the Planter, remove the reservoir and add (or remove) soil. Replace the reservoir.

The Water Reservoir does not empty, or only empties part way.

Solution: If the Water Reservoir does not empty, follow the solution above. If the Water Reservoir only empties part way, your Water Reservoir and strip might need to be washed. Rinse the Water Reservoir with a hose and a cleaning brush or sponge. The rinsed reservoir can be laundered in a washing machine with warm water and normal detergent (no bleach), hang dry only.

There is water dripping out of the bottom of the Planter Liner.

Solution: The planter is receiving too much water. The Capillary Strip will transfer water from the Reservoir to the soil until there is no more water remaining in the Reservoir. Just because the reservoir is empty doesn’t mean you need to fill it. If the Water Reservoir is re-filled every time it is empty, or if it rains frequently, the Revolution Planter can receive too much water. You can feel the soil. It should be moist, but not saturated with water. If you are experiencing a lot of rain, you can simply remove the reservoir and cover the top of the planter until the soil dries out. Once the soil has returned to a proper moisture level, you can add water to the reservoir (if needed) and replace the reservoir.

My tomato plant is wilted!

Solution: A plant can wilt due to under watering, overwatering, or environmental shock. Start by checking for dryness in the soil. Is the soil too dry? If so, fill the Water Reservoir. If the Water Reservoir is empty, add water. If the Reservoir is full already, immerse the Soft Reservoir in water until the white capillary strip is fully soaked. Place the reservoir on top of the planting mix and press it down to ensure there is good contact. If the top of the Soft Reservoir is not level with the top of the Planter, remove the reservoir and add (or remove) soil. Replace the reservoir.

Plants can also wilt if they are receiving too much water. Just because the reservoir is empty doesn’t mean you need to fill it. If the Water Reservoir is re-filled every time it is empty, or if it rains frequently, the Revolution Planter can receive too much water. You can feel the soil. It should be moist, but not saturated with water. If you are experiencing a lot of rain, you can simply remove the reservoir and cover the top of the planter until the soil dries out. Once the soil has returned to a proper moisture level, you can add water to the reservoir (if needed) and replace the reservoir.

If you have recently planted your seedling, it might wilt due to transplant shock. Give it a few days out of direct sunlight and away from wind. In most cases it will perk up quickly.

It has been raining for a long time and my plant is drowning!

Solution: The Capillary strip will continually move water from the Reservoir to the soil in the planter until there is no more water remaining in the Reservoir. During an extended period of rain, the Revolution Planter can receive too much water. The soil should be moist, but not saturated. Cover the top of the planter until the soil begins to dry. Once the rain stops and the soil has returned to a proper moisture level, remoisten the Soft Reservoir and add water if needed.

What if there is algae growing in the Water Reservoir?

Solution: Algae growing in the Water Reservoir indicates a failed Capillary Strip. If algae forms, rinse the reservoir with a hose and a cleaning brush or sponge. The rinsed reservoir can be laundered in a washing machine with warm water and normal detergent (no bleach), hang dry only.

There are round black, sunken areas on the bottom of my tomatoes? How can I prevent this?

Solution: Blossom-end rot is a common problem for tomatoes and is due to a calcium deficiency. The disorder often occurs when there are extreme fluctuations in soil moisture between wet and dry. This interferes with the plant’s ability to absorb calcium from the soil. To prevent blossom-end rot, try to keep the moisture level steady. Be sure to fertilize at planting time and again four to eight weeks after planting. We also recommend Tomato Rot-Stop ,

The planter is overly dry.

Solution: It is best to remove the reservoir and water the planter thoroughly with a hose or watering can. Completely saturate all the soil in the planter. Very dry soil will resist absorbing water. Watering the soil directly is the best way to get the moisture level back to where it should be. Immerse the reservoir in water until the white capillary strip is fully soaked. Place the reservoir on top of the planting mix and press it down to ensure there is good contact. If the top of the reservoir is not level with the top of the planter, remove the reservoir and add (or remove) soil. Replace the reservoir.

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