The original Trauer 36 was designed by Dr. Billie Drew and manufactured from stainless steel, but many modern growers have begun using aluminum and copper for their water pipes. These metals are much cheaper than the original steel version, and they do not need any maintenance. They should always be cleaned after use and stored in a dry place out of direct sunlight. Make sure that your Trauer 36 has no cracks, dents, or bends, and make sure that it is set at an angle of roughly 45 degrees. This way, the water flows easily through the device.
As mentioned above, if you are going to be using the Trauer 36, you want to keep the flow rate high, about 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM). If you are using the smaller versions, then you can go even higher, around 2 GPM. Some people prefer these lower settings since they consider themselves “low-tech” growers who don’t like to experiment with fancy equipment. Others enjoy the extra speed that they get with the higher settings. You can use whatever works for you. Just make sure that you stay consistent!
Since we are talking about watering your cannabis crops, this section will focus on temperature. There are two types of temperatures that I like to use—warm and cold. Warm water is best used when you are trying to prevent excessive heat buildup inside your grow room. Cold water is great when you want to promote root formation, especially if you are working with hydroponic techniques. We will discuss both options below. Trauer 36
For warm water cultivation, the ideal water temperature is between 75°F and 100°F. This range will protect against mold while promoting rapid plant growth. You can achieve this water temp by using either hot or cold water depending on what method you choose. Hot tap water heats up as you come closer to the faucet, whereas cold water will stay colder as you move away from the faucet. If you are using some sort of tank system, you can utilize a heater as well. Trauer 36
Iodine is a trace mineral that is present at a concentration of 0.0005-0.001 mg/L in seawater. Iodine has been used since ancient times to treat goiter. It is an essential element for thyroid function. Plants are able to absorb iodine directly from the soil or water through absorption channels in their roots. Iodine deficiency can lead to stunted growth and poor quality production. Trauer 36
Chromium is a micronutrient that is needed in small amounts. It is necessary for glucose metabolism and blood sugar control. Inadequate intake may result in anemia, loss of appetite, weight loss, skin changes, weakness and fatigue.
Copper is an essential micronutrient that plays a role in many metabolic processes including respiration, protein synthesis, hormone formation, and collagen production. It is also involved in wound healing and bone maintenance. Like other minerals, copper is absorbed from the soil via root cells. Deficiency symptoms include leaf yellowing, stunted growth, and poor flower quality. Trauer 36
Nutrients are the building blocks that make up a plant’s cells and play a role in several functions like respiration (breathing), photosynthesis (making sugar from water/sunlight), growth and reproduction. If your plants don’t have what they need, they won’t thrive and may even die. A good way to tell if your plants are lacking anything – especially nitrogen – is to look at their leaves.
Water is not only needed for the growth of plants but also helps them absorb the nutrients they need to survive. Water is often overlooked; however, it plays a big role in overall health. Most people tend to over-water their plants thinking that this is beneficial for them. Too much water can actually get rid of the natural oils in the leaf causing it to dry out and wilt. Some believe that water should be used sparingly, while others use it excessively. There is no right answer here, but too little water can lead to stunted growth and other problems.
Air is another element that many overlook. Without air, plants cannot breathe properly and will suffocate. This leads to other problems like plant stress and death. All plants require oxygen to live, but some do better than others. In the greenhouse, growers often try to control CO2 levels to help regulate how much oxygen each plant gets and to increase yields.