Hey everyone! I have some advice on the Grobo Start:
My little pod holder that I use while doing the drain/fills:
I think it is a shot glass. I pull one pod to access the reservoir for the drain/fills. Also, I think the instructions for the Start need to be updated regarding the Fill Float. If you fill up the unit all the way so the Fill Float is flush with the lid, there is too much water and your peat pod will be submerged. This will result in the peat pod being too wet and possible damping off issues. Check out the appropriate fill level:
This is an example of the water being filled all the way so the Fill Float is flush with the lid. Note how you can see the water coming up thru the empty peat pod. Too much water!
Also, it’s important to note that while the instructions call for 650ml of water you may need less since the volume of the seedlings’ roots will displace the water and take up space. So I think it is best to add your water to the Start and visually inspect where the water line is in relation to the bottom of the peat pod holder. Once you find the sweet spot, mark a line on your Fill Float so you know when it’s properly full. Like this:
I actually overfilled her a little bit (or I didn’t account for the displaced volume once I put the 3rd seedling back in it’s spot. You can see the peat pods look wet again