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Capillary Matting is a 450gsm membrane material to help with passive watering of seedlings and plants in pots or trays that are perforated on the bottom, peat pots or soil blocks. They are traditionally used in greenhouses and with hydroponic set ups, as the mats are great at efficiently soaking and spreading water.
They can do so from placing one end into a reservoir, which will soak up the matting and provide the potted plants that sit upon it with sufficient water, this process is called wicking.
The wicking process means gardeners only have to fill the reservoir once every few days or even once a week. This also protects the plants from over watering meaning the gardener only has to monitor the reservoir levels and make sure the plants are not left in standing water which can cause the growth of mould or bacteria.
• Water irrigation
• Wicks in living walls
• Inset into watering trays
• Water by hand or from a water reservoir
• Lining baskets, troughs and pots
• Irrigates from the bottom of the plant leading to better root
• Capillary rise of 7cm or more
• Field capacity 3.6L/m2 (water holding capacity)
• Manufactured from recycled viscose / polyester
• Non Phyto-toxic
• Easily cleaned and sterilised with gentle steam cleaning
How to use Capillary Matting?
On a flat surface use a length of Capillary Matting, long enough to fit your plants on and a bit extra to have dipped at one or both ends of your planting area, into a reservoir. Make sure that the area that you are planting trays or pots is not submerged and that all your plant pots/ trays have holes in the bottom. Pour some water into your reservoir, also make sure to partially soak the rest or your length of matting, this will ensure the matting beings the ‘wicking’ process. Once you are ready, place your potted plants on to the wettened length of matting and give them a light watering.
How does Capillary Matting work?
Capillary matting works by providing a steady supply of water to seeds and seedlings that are germinating. Usually made of felt it sits underneath the potted seedlings. You’d usually have a water reservoir and the capillary mat would absorb the water from the reservoir and the pots will wick the exact amount of water they need from it. This means you’ll only have to fill the reservoir once or twice a week, and the capillary matting will make sure that the seeds and seedlings are fed with as much water as they need when they need it.
How to set up Capillary Matting in greenhouse?
Setting up Capillary Matting in a green house is very similar to the answer above, you need to drape the ends or an end into a reservoir and it will evenly spread the water to your potted plants and seedlings. Make sure to keep an eye that it hasn’t dried up and to replace the water in the reservoir as too avoid stagnation and algae build up.