Building the system up

Building the system up

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How to build up and to use Supragarden® -manual draft

 

Because of the fast development project, start of production and product launch of the new system, the final user guide is not ready yet but is close to be completed in few days.

 

 

Please notice and follow these safety and usage instructions when using the Supragarden® system:

  • Ensure the fall support of Supragarden from top to wall or ceiling. Supragarden system, support frame and connected Plantsteps can support a lot of vertical weight coming from plants and water, but it needs to be secured from top of garden to preven falling ower in case of horizontal forces targeting structure. Use the adjustable ropes supplied with the package to secure Supragarden from top to sealing or wall etc.
  • Do not use the water pump dry, start it only when under water.
  • Keep 30 to 70 liters water in the water tank, so that the pump will not take in the air.
  • Always keep net pots and some grow media in all openings of the Plantsteps. This prevents the light from entering the system and allowing any water drops to escape from plant openings.
  • The roots of very large or long-living plants may clog Plantsteps modules and the size of the roots should be actively monitored. If necessary, roots can be trimmed down. When Plantsteps are ower the SupraBase potential drops should end up to Nurcery level and to tank without external leak.
  • If the system leaks any water outside the SupraBase or Plantsteps, turn off the pump and find out the cause of the leak. Overflow situation caused by roots happens rarely and typically starts with few dops in a day.
  • You can adjust the amount of the water flowing in the Plantsteps and the flow sound in two ways:
  • The red flow valve can be used to adjust the amount of water flowing in the Plantsteps.
  • The change of tilt angle of the Plantsteps will change the flowing water level at the Plantsteps.
  • The growing roots of the plants also influence to the flow of the water.
  • If the water pump noise level gets intensified by its use, it is likely that it has dirt on the shaft. Open the pump and clean it with water and brush.

 

 

 

Assembly of Plantsteps®

 

The assembly should be done on the floor or on a another level surface.

portaat_maassa


 

Plantsteps and Aluminium frame

Connect the Plantsteps to each other. Assemble the aluminum support frame and fasten the Plantsteps there to aluminium connectors with the bolts.
Adjust the exact position of the Plantsteps later, when they are attached on top of the SupraBase unit.
 

Kasviportaat_liitetty

 

Try to set the Plantsteps horizontally in relation to the support frame and first tighten the screws manually.

Adjust the exact position, tilt and height of the Plantsteps and thight connections with screwdriver when Plantsteps are lifted Up to the SupraBase unit, at the end of the assebly.

 


 

 

Silicon tubing

 

Put the silicone tube first into the lowest of the Plantsteps so that the hose connector is slightly out of the bottom end of the Plantstep.

Silikoniletku vesiviljely

Put the second tube into the next Plantstep and attach it to the first tube. Tighten the tube chain up and connect it up to the next tube.

 

Attach the L-connector (elbow connector) to the top of last tube. It prevents water splashing up. The top tube must usually be shortened with scissors so that the hose and the water can not get too high, out from the Plantstep.


L-liitin vesiviljely


 

The end of top Plantsteps can be also a grow place for plant

 

Kasviporras Plantsteps

 

You can also attach the L-connector to the smaller, bracketed net pot that comes with the package. This way the top of the Plantstep can also function as a single grow palace for plants.

L-liitin verkkoruukussa

Please note that clogging of this narrow pipe part is possible with roots of large plants. It is best kept as a short-term growth site, for example, for rooting cuttings.


 

Connecting LED lights to Plantsteps

 

Push the metal clips into the openings under the Plantsteps and attach the LED -lights to them.
 

LED valo kiinnitys viherseinään

Connect the lights into chain with the connection cables and fasten the cables with cable ties to the support frame.

led-valo viherseinä

 

The top light is fastened with the clips to the top of the support frame.
 

ylimmäinen LED valo Viherseinään

Put the small white cap plug on the package to last lamp end on the chain.

LED-valon tulppa Kasviseinä

Connect the power cable to the first lamp and test that all lights are working.
Kasvivalo viherseinälle

The Plantsteps "staircase" is now ready and you can assemble the SupraBase unit.
 


 

Assembly of SupraBase Water Tank Unit

 

Connecting the Water Pump to the Nursery level and to the Plansteps.

The Plantsteps can be connected to the SupraBase unit with two basic models.

Select where the Plantsteps are attached on top of SupraBase:

A) Connected to the center place

B) Connected to the corners, 1-4

 

Hydroponic flood and drain system

 

 

 

A) Plantsteps start from middle of SupraBase.

 

With this set-up the water returning from the Plantsteps automatically goes back to the water tank through top of the  Nurcery level and returns to water tank from Ebb&Flow connector C. By adjusting the hight of the Ebb & flow connector you can change the water level on nurcery level from 1-55 mm. This means that on Nursery level can be used with NFT or Flood & Drain, hydroponics techniques.

 

SupraBase Vesiviljely flood and drain

 

 

With this use case A, all corner places will remain free and can be used with the Drip feed system or as starting points of several Plantsteps, like shown with the model B.

 

Connect water pump first to drip feed connector that leads water to Drip-feed sticks.Make connections with short silicon tube parts. You can use the end of the one cutted from the top Plantsteps. 

vesipumpun kytkentä viherseinä-järjestelmä

Connect next the red flow valve to silicon tube going to the Nursery level connector and attached to the starting point of upgoing Plansteps.

 

pumpun kytkentä altapäin vesiviljelyjärjestelmään

Attach the water return connector (ebb&flow) to the other end of the Nurcery level, on right side with the upper picture. Connector has piece of wider silicon tube that will limit the sound from droping water.

 

Replace the first Plantstep tube connector to the wider o-connector. Lift Plantsteps over the Suprabase and Connect the o-connector to the Nursery level connector coming from the pump.
 

Flood ja drain kytkennät keskipaikalla

 

Push Plantsteps to middle hole and push support frame to smaller holes with black plastic supporters.

Model A for connectiong Plantsteps startting from middle of SupraBase is now ready.

 


 

B) Plantsteps start from SupraBase corners

 

Vesiviljely-allas ebb & flow

 

Connect water pump first to drip feed connector that leads water to Drip-feed sticks. Make connections with short silicon tube parts. You can use the end of the one cutted from the top Plantsteps. 

The tube from the pump is next divided into two parts. Use T-connector for this. The second tube carries water up to the Plantsteps and the other tube branch carries water to the Nurcery level.

 

vesipumppu kytkentä Taimitason vesiviljelyyn

 

The tube going up to Plantsteps goes trough "silencer". The silencer reduces the sound of water returning from the Plantsteps to the tank. Push the silencer piece to corner hole from to the top of tank.
 

Vesikasvatus vesipumpun kytkentä

 

Then slide the silicone tube from the pump through silencer and connect it to the tube from first Plantsteps.

Push Plantsteps to corner hole and push support frame to smaller holes with black plastic supporters.

 

Vesipumpun liitäntä Supragarden vesiviljely-järjestelmä

 

 

If you want to connect several Plantsteps to the SupraBase corners, divide the tube coming from the water pump with T and X connector to as many tubes as you are planning to connect Plantsteps to the SupraBase corners.

 

You have now connected Water pump to up going Plantsteps and to Nurcery level with model A or B and lifter Plantsteps over the SupraBase.


 

System testing and safety support before use

 

Next, you can add water to the tank and start the pump. By adjusting the height of the Ebb & Flow connector on the right side, you can change the height of the rising water level to the Nurcery level from 0-55 mm.

SupraBase valmiina vesiviljelyyn

 

When the water flows inside the Plantsteps you can make final tuning to the system.  Use the red valve to adjust the water flow level between the Nurcery level and Plantsteps.

By adjusting the tilt angles of the Plantsteps you can change the water rise level at each Plantsteps and you can also affect to the water flow rate and to the sound level of the dropping water.

When Plantsteps are on right positions tighten the Plantsteps connectors to the support frame using a screwdriver.

Supragarden pystyssä

Ensure the fall support of Supragarden from top to wall or ceiling. Supragarden system, support frame and connected Plantsteps can support a lot of vertical weight coming from plants and water, but it needs to be secured from top of garden to preven falling ower in case of horizontal forces targeting structure.

 

Use the adjustable ropes supplied with the Supragarden to secure system from top of the structure to sealing or wall etc.

Viherseinän tuki yläpäästä

 

Fill the water tank with nutrient water and put the plants into the Plantsteps and Nursery level with net pots.

Switch on the pump on a continuous flow or with on/off timer.

You are ready to grow Up with Supragarden.

 

Read more about our hydroponic nutrients

 

 

 


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