Come coltivare in idroponica con una centralina automatizzata NidoPro, ciclo di coltivazione indoor

[Music] Hello everyone and welcome to the
Growrilla Hydroponics youtube channel, this time we are considering a project that has
immediately tickled our fantasy, that is to make a Growbox for
indoor growing completely automated and remotely controllable.
The project was born out of collaboration with another Italian company that is
called Nidopro, and who has recently introduced on the market a unit for the
automated solution management within hydroponic systems and for
management and control of values of the indoor cultivation rooms.
We have been asked to test it one and we immediately
accepted that, so we got it this unit, the one you see here
below that it is one of the first models we can say that this is still one
beta version, which differs only in some aesthetic
aspects compared to what we now have on the market. To accomplish this
tests we then set up this GrowBox, in this case we have a Homebox from
120 x 120 x 200cm (47x47x78 inches ) high, a system of Ortoled titanium
lighting 360 watt ventilation, then the extractor
from above, the introduction in the area from the lower part, and a fan.
Inside we have inserted a system RDWC with four Growrilla pots, inside
of which we have cultivated these four pepper plants, which are
are kindly offered by ours neighbor who lives up here.
So we connected this NidoPro control unit to our hydroponic
system, and it will manage and check the nutrient solution,
then it will adjust the pH, and the fertilization.
It will also take care of managing all various devices that we have inserted
inside of this Box, just like light, extraction,
the introduction of air, ventilation, any humidifiers, dehumidifiers,
heaters, Etc …. All of this is managed and controlled
even remotely through an application, this application here
and that practically gives you a whole series of values in real time
of what are the parameters of solution, then EC and pH, or the climatic parameters
as the temperature and humidity, and that allows you to
program all devices according to certain parameters which
we will then go to see The hydroponic system has been
connected a Chiller to the cooling the solution, this is
a TecoPonic HY150, which capable to manage up to 150 liters of solution
and that it was used because when the project started we were in August and the
temperatures were far too much high and we had water 26-27 degrees
therefore it was necessary to cool it. During the video, we will also see how
to connect it and how to set it This tank was then added
that contains a reserve of solution and that through this tube
it is connected to a floating valve within the hydroponic system and
it will serve pratically as an automatic topping-up solution while
this is consumed. [Music]
Let’s see what it’s made of and how to install NidoPro [Music]
Inside we find a box that contains 1 SmartPlug and it will serve
to connect lights, air extractors modifiers, etc.
the power supply of NidoPro, and an AccessPoint which will then be connected to your
internet router. The two input and output connection pipes
system, the four bottles that will be used to
contain the fertilizers and pH- then there are the two probes for EC and pH the sensors for the temperature and humidity
and the sensor for the level of the solution [Music]
The two inlet and output tank connections system, and finally the hardware
Nido, you can see this in the front panel with the two inserts for the EC and pH probes
and its connections and four dosimetric pumps and the four slots for the bottles.
We begin to install the probes of EC and pH, this is the one for the pH.
Inside this cap there is one maintenance solution based on
potassium chloride which serves to preserve the probe when it is not
used. It fits into Nido and it is screwed on
forcefully press the probe, then go to the probe EC and connect it to the system. We insert the fertilizer bottles
which in this case will only be A and B and the pH-, then we proceed with the holes
for connecting the hydroponic system in this case Nido will be connected
to the control vessel of our system RDWC with four vessels. They should be
made: an exit hole in the lower part an entrance hole
in the upper part and finally a hole for the level sensor slightly above
half of the jar. This is perhaps the most delicate part of
the whole assembly process, you have to be very careful and avoid that
during drilling, the plastic jar could be damaged. Once the control jar is remounted
to the hydroponic system, let’s start to insert the two tank connections.
The outlet is equipped with a filter that will prevent that inside of Nido
will go elements that could damage it, like pieces of root or
other elements inside of the solution.
[Music] Let’s insert the inlet fitting in
the higher hole and tighten the nuts carefully tightening. We assemble the two connecting pipes of
entrance and exit directly on the respective valves on the front panel
of Nido, the sensor level is mounted in the central hole.
This will serve to monitor the level of the solution and will notify us if necessary
falls below the minimum threshold. This instead is the probe cable,
the temperature and humidity sensor, will go mounted inside the
growbox. We connect the plug to the panel
front of Nido, and finally we connect the level sensor. At this point I fill the system with just
water. For this test I decided to use
a fertilization formula A + B and the pH-. In this case
we are using Aqua-vega of Canna, equal to the formulation A + B
for specific the vegetative phase, which according to the manufacturer’s instructions
they must be used in equal parts between them.
Clearly with concentration variable depending on the EC value that
I want to get. We begin to load the bottle of A,
and insert it in the appropriate slot. Then I go on to load the bottle of B
[Music] And finally I load the bottle of pH-
with 24% phosphoric acid which I have previously cut with
two parts of water to lower the concentration. We are almost ready to go, connect
the power supply to Nido, let’s check that the blue LED indicates the Wi-Fi connection
and proceed with the pairing [Music] Inside Nido a pump comes
operated for one minute every quarter of an hour, the solution, therefore, comes first
analyzed and then corrected according to those parameters that we are going to insert
through the application. This is the main screen where they are
shown the pH and EC values, temperature and humidity of the air detected by the probe.
Within the calendar we go to program the values we want
to get in the whole cycle period of cultivation, so we select the
period for the first week we name it as a vegetative phase then we set the pH range to
keep and the EC value, in this case we start from a value of 0.7 the value of 0.7 will be obtained
through administration in equal parts of the two fertilizer bottles
hence a part of A and a part of B. As the bottle of C in this case
it will not be used, we will set it to zero. To set the values of the second
week we proceed exactly as before.
In any case the values can be always changed at any time
even remotely through the application. These are the values
detected on Nido when we turned on see the pH of the water is 7.53
while the EC at 0.33, temperature and humidity instead we will take care of the air
ahead and also of the water temperature which due to the heat has reached 27 degrees
and then we’re going to cool down by inserting a chiller into the system.
After analyzed the water it passes to correct the values.
The system will begin to administer fertilizer and pH- through the
dosimetric pumps, meanwhile you see that the EC started slightly to
increase while the pH drops. Through the graphs, it is shown
the trend over time of the value of ph and EC as we can see, the pH is going down
while the EC is going up. Another very important thing is the
water temperature, which in this moment is 27 degrees,
so we put a chiller in the system to cool it, in this case
we used a Tecoponic HY150, which capable of handling up to 150 liters / hour.
As you can see the circulation pump of the system, send the solution to the chiller,
that cools it before sending it back to to the system through the
control vessel. Program it is very simple, the display shows the
solution temperature, on the botton SET the temperature is set on the value
to obtain, and automatically the chiller start to cool the solution, until
get to the temperature you want, in this case it is set
at 20 degrees. Meanwhile, our solution is
stabilized at a pH value of approx 5.8 and an EC at 0.63, so to that
point we proceed with the other settings. Through Nido, we can control
also the various devices that are present inside the GrowBox, such as the
light and vacuum cleaner and we do it through these SmartPlugs, which are
wireless sockets and that communicate directly with Nido by activating or
by deactivating the devices according to the settings that we will define on the
application. In this case on a socket, we connect
our led while on the other we go to connect the two extractors, one for the
entrance and the other for the exit. Now on the application control panel
we can turn on or off manually the two SmartPlugs, for
make sure they are working properly. So let’s go program them directly
from the calendar. Just like the solution, yes
defines the time frame that there interested, we activate the light functions
and temperature and humidity and set the value range in which they will have to
intervene in the various devices. In this case if the aspirator will start
when the temperature exceeds the threshold 27 degrees and the humidity will rise above
70% and then turn off once dropped below these values.
At this point we set the daylight hours and dark where the lamp will turn on at
2:00 pm and will remain on for 16 hours. At this point the system has been set
and we are ready to start cultivating [Music] Now that the solution has stabilized
on the set values, I proceed with the insertion of plants into the system
in this case we will go to cultivate four pepper plants that I have already done
root inside these vessels a network. [Music]
The 360 matt ortholed titanium in the growth phase will work at half power,
therefore only with 180 watts and a spectrum dedicated to the vegetative phase. In the first seven days we will maintain a
EC value of 0.4, then go to gradually increase it during the cycle
of cultivation. To the system we have then added a humidifier to raise
humidity relative to 70%, in this case it will also be managed by one
Smartplug Nido so you can work in automatic according to the set values
application. As you can see from the system graphics is working and it
keeps the temperature between 26 and 27 degrees while humidity is stabilized
around 71 and 74% Entering the “analytics” panel it opens
the VPD graph, or Vapor Pressure Deficit which provides us with a data
very important for the correct compromise between temperature and humidity
of the air we have to keep for optimize perspiration processes
of the plant and therefore the absorption of water and nutrients, the value is measured in
kilopascal and should be maintained between 0.8 and 1. The temperature of the
solution is kept by the chiller between 20 and 21 degrees ensures a high
dissolved oxygen content for keep the root system healthy. [Music] The plants at this time have approx
a month of growth the solution EC has been set to
about 1.1mS and they are starting to appear the first pre-flowers
a sign that the plant is preparing for entering the flowering phase and
fruiting. [Music] For the change of solution before
everything switches off the circulation pump and we disconnect the hydroponic system from the
Chiller. The system outlet fitting
we can connect to a tube to carry the solution to a drain, or to a
separate container. I have already prepared this tank with pure water ph 6 that
will use in part to rinse within the system and the rest like
basis for the new solution. The circulation pump in this case
push the whole solution contained in the system out until it is emptied
almost completely but before filling it again I proceed
by rinsing by passing through the system some water
contained in the tank, in this way any residue of the old
solution present on the bottom of the jars will be washed off permanently. Then refill the system with
water pH 6, restore the connection with the Chiller. In the following two days after the change
of solution will keep a very low EC about 0.4 in order to rinse
away any salt deposits from roots before the change of formula. At this point I proceed with a change
of the fertilization recipe going from the pre-vegetative formulation
to the pre-flowering, using always acquaFloris di Canna in
formulation A + B which are characterized from a lower nitrogen content but
richer in phosphorus and potassium. It is enough for me to pour fertilizers in the
bottles A and B by Nido, reinsert them into the system and program via the app the
calendar with new dosages, in my case bringing the EC to 1.3
[Music] Now that the plants have reached one
certain size, I will insert inside of the box a support net,
this is the function as well as of keep plants stable, even that
to distribute the branches on the plant horizontal, keeping them at the same
distance from the light. The GrowBox with its side openings allow access
easily to all corners of the box even the most distant ones becoming
definitely more comfortable to work with. [Music] The advantage of this technique is that
to make sure that both the low branches and the top will receive the same
amount of light, and they develop into a much more uniform manner. One time
hooked it is passed to distribute the branches along the meshes of the net, opening them and
gently folding them until covering most of the area of
cultivation. This procedure will then continued also in the days after
as the plants grow, up to achieve a uniform green screen. During the flowering phase we operate
the second button present on the Ortoled Titanium.
Now the lamp will work full power, then in TotalAgro mode.
The light spectrum will be therefore enriched with tones tending to
red, suitable to better support the flowering stages of the plant. During fruit formation
will also increase the need for nourishment of the plant
so I will raise the concentration of solution fertilizer, bringing
the EC from a value of 1.3 to that of 1.7mS keeping it constant for
the entire maturation period of the fruit.
[Music] [Music] [Music] Hope you found this video
just as interesting as it was for us to have made it. In
conclusion I must say that after these months of testing,
new technologies applied to indoor growing, rather than
hydroponics, offer potentials that are real, and not just for how much
concerns the management and ease of nutrient solution management
rather than climatic parameters inside of the Growbox
but also as regards the collection of all the data they give you
important information to be able to improve your own enviroment
for the cultivation. So if you liked the video I invite you to subscribe
to the channel, for more information or visit our website and at this point I just have to tell you;
green hugs and cultivated hard [Music]

4 thoughts on “Come coltivare in idroponica con una centralina automatizzata NidoPro, ciclo di coltivazione indoor

  1. Complimenti per il video
    Avrei una domanda
    Se io utilizzo tripack ghe flora series come faccio a calcolare la percentuale per ogni elemento da inserire nel calendario perchè di solito usavo la tabella presente nel tripack che indicava i ml/10l di acqua.
    Tu ad esempio nel tuo sistema nella fase vegetativa per ottenere un ec di 0,7 hai messo 50% di A e 50% di B. Io come posso fare?

  2. Veramente ottimo e stimolante, un sistema complesso e completo. Quanti kg di peperoni si possono produrre in un anno?

  3. Le "taniche" che contengono soluzione A,B,C e ph- sono trasparenti, ergo non si hanno problemi di proliferazioni di alghe per caso??? (il video è fatto come sempre bene).

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