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Tips for using capillary matting

Capillary mat
Written by Sonja Buurman | Last update: 13-03-2020

Many companies that produce pot plants use capillary matting or watering mat for irrigation. Capillary matting divide the water from the bottom so that the plants are irrigated equally. The advantage of irrigation from the bottom of the plant is a better development of the roods in the pot. For the best result its important that the capillary mats are placed in the right position and are used in the right way. In this article you will receive some important tips from our product specialist about watering mats.

Placing capillary matting

Capillary matting is delivered on a roll. In most cases when you place them you will need multiple lanes next to each other to cover the entire area. In this case make sure that the lanes overlap each other 5 to 10 centimeters. This way there will be no openings between the lanes and every plant will get a sufficient amount of water and nutrition. 

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Watering the capillary matting

Before putting the matting to use you have to make sure that they have been covered with water with a low surface tension. A low surface tension of the water makes that the water will soak in well. U can test if the surface tension is low enough pouring a cup of rain water on the mats. If the watering mat does not soak in fast enough then the surface tension is to high. You can lower the surface tension by adding a soap based product to the water. 

After the mats have been watered, they can be taken into use. Note: new capillary mattting need some time to stabilize completely. So please know that the results of new mats are not entirely stable and optimal in the beginning. 

Keeping the capillary matting wet

Now the capillary matting is ready to be used. Make sure that the capillary matting never dry out entirely. Chemical and other substances can extract from the capillary mat when it is dried out. This will have a negative reaction on the lifespan of the capillary mat. Always check that the mats will be watered in time.

Note: when the capillary matting will be used for multiple crops we advise that you keep the mats wet enough during the crop rotation. This will make it easier to start with a new crop, because the water distribution will be stable.

Cleaning during crop rotation 
  • If you use the capillary matting for multiple crops, make sure that you clean the watering mats during the crop rotation. This way you prevent damaging organisms from the old crop to be taken in by the new crop through the capillary matting.

    There are two ways to clean your capillary matting:

    Wash & disinfect:
    wash the capillary mat with clean and pure water (note: never use a high pressure hose, this will damage the mats) and disinfect them with a cleaning product like Menno ter Forte.

    you can also choose to steam the mats.

Storing capillary matting

When you have bought capillary matting and you don’t intend to use them instantly make sure to store them in a dry, cool and dark place.

Questions regarding the use of capillary matting

If you have any questions about the use of capillary matting or you want us to advise you please contact our product specialist Sonja Buurman or use the form you find underneath. If you use this form to ask your question we will contact you as soon as possible. We'll respond within 24 hours on working days. 

Sonja Buurman About Sonja Buurman

Sonja Buurman has been working at Royal Brinkman as an internal product specialist Packaging & Design since 2012. She serves as the link between the sales department and the suppliers, regarding this aspect. "The best part of my work is, I think, advising the account managers concerning the different products and possibilities of the various suppliers in the area of pots, trays, irrigation mats and bamboo poles."

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