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Troubleshooting for the Revolution Planter

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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. Saturate the strip and repeat Step 6 under “How to Plant” in the Revolution Planter instructions. Make sure the strip has good contact with the soil. Fill the reservoir. If this does not work, replace the Capillary Strip. Over time, the Capillary Strip is less effective, so we recommend replacing it every four weeks.

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

Solution: Over time, the Capillary Strip is less effective, so we recommend replacing the strip every four weeks. If you've replaced the strip, make sure it's wet. The Capillary Strip must be wet before it can absorb water from the Reservoir and transfer it to the soil. Saturate the strip and repeat Step 6 under “How to Plant” in the Revolution Planter instructions. Make sure the strip has good contact with the soil. Fill the reservoir.

Water is dripping from the bottom of the Planter Liner.

Solution: Reduce the watering frequency. The Capillary Strip will transfer water from the reservoir to the soil until the reservoir is empty. However, 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 planter can get too much water.

To make sure you're watering at the right rate, feel the soil. It should be moist, but not saturated. If it has been especially rainy, you can lift the ends of the Capillary Strip out of reservoir until the soil dries out. Once the soil has returned to the proper moisture level, reposition the ends of the Capillary Strip and fill the reservoir with water.

My tomato plant is wilted!

Solution: A plant can wilt due to transplant shock, under-watering and over-watering:

  • Have you just planted your tomato? If so, your seedling may 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.
  • Is the soil too dry? If so, fill the Water Reservoir. If the Water Reservoir is empty, add water. If the reservoir is full, check the Capillary Strip. It must be wet before it can absorb water from the reservoir and transfer it to the soil. Saturate the strip and repeat Step 6 under “How to Plant” in the Revolution Planter instructions. Make sure the strip has good contact with the soil. Fill the reservoir. If this does not work, replace the Capillary Strip.
  • Is the soil too wet? Reduce the watering frequency. The Capillary Strip will transfer water from the reservoir to the soil until the reservoir is empty. However, 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 planter can get too much water.
    To make sure you're watering at the right rate, feel the soil. It should be moist, but not saturated. If it has been especially rainy, you can lift the ends of the Capillary Strip out of reservoir until the soil dries out. Once the soil has returned to the proper moisture level, reposition the ends of the Capillary Strip and fill the reservoir with water.
It has been raining for a long time and my plant is drowning!

Solution: Lift the ends of the Capillary Strip out of the reservoir until the soil begins to dry. Once the soil has returned to the proper moisture level, reposition the ends of the Capillary Strip and fill the reservoir with water. The soil should be moist, but not saturated.

What if there is algae growing in the Water Reservoir?

Solution: Clean the reservoir thoroughly and change the Capillary Strip. We recommend changing the strip every four weeks.

I see round black, sunken areas on the bottom of my tomatoes. How can I prevent this?
Blossom-end rot

Blossom-end rot

Solution: Blossom-end rot is a common problem, caused by a calcium deficiency. The most important thing you can do to prevent the problem is to keep the moisture level steady. Prevent extreme fluctuations between wet and dry, which interferes with the plant’s ability to absorb calcium from the soil.

The other important step: fertilization. We recommend adding 1/2 cup of granular fertilizer to the soil four weeks after planting — and again at eight weeks after planting. To add the fertilizer, unhook one of the Hanging Chains and remove the Water Reservoir. Add fertilizer to the top 2″ of soil, working it into the soil as much as possible without damaging the roots. Level the soil and repack it lightly. Replace the Capillary Strip with a new one (fully saturated), making sure the strip has good contact with the soil. Put the Water Reservoir back in position.

The planter is overly dry.

Solution: Remove the Water Reservoir and use a watering can or hose to saturate the soil in the planter.

Saturate the Capillary Strip and repeat Step 6 under “How to Plant” in the Revolution Planter instructions. Make sure the strip has good contact with the soil. Fill the reservoir. Over time, the Capillary Strip is less effective, so we recommend replacing it every four weeks.

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