What is a Moistick®?
Moistick is a ground moisture sensor that indicates with a red blinking light when a plant needs water. Moistick digital additionally features a display which shows the current moisture of the substrate.
What is the difference between Moistick® and Moistick® digital?
Both moisture sensor versions indicate with blinking, when the plant has no water anymore. Moistick digital offers additional comfort with a display, which shows the current moisture in the substrate with a bar display and the moisture level chosen by you. Furthermore you can choose between the indoor and outdoor mode. In indoor mode the moisture is checked every 6 hours and in outdoor mode every 3 hours. Outdoors the moisture is controlled more frequently as on hot days the substrate might dry out earlier.
Both Moistick and Moistick digital are additionally also available as XL version so that for deeper roots the substrate can also be controlled further below.
How is Moistick® working?
An electronic sensor at the tip of the Moistick periodically determines the moisture level in the substrate. Therefore the sensor is shortly warmed. The time the sensor needs to cool down again is a measure for the moisture level in the substrate. The faster the sensor is cooling down the moister is the substrate. If the cooling down takes longer than the programmed moisture level, Moistick starts a dry alarm. As the water demand of plants is different, you can choose from three moisture levels.
Why do I need a Moistick®, if I am already using a water level indicator?
Water level indicators only show if water is available in the planter and often have the disadvantage that they get stuck. Furthermore different manufacturers sell more and more mineral substrates which quickly absorb the refilled water. In this case the water level indicator would show little to no remaining water already shortly after watering and would confuse the consumer and might lead him to refill the planter again. This inevitably leads to overwatering and the plants will die. Even the "green thumb" won't help with mineral substrate, as the moisture in the substrate can't be determined with the fingers. Thus the use of a ground moisture sensor such as Moistick is often the only alternative for correct watering and caring of precious plants.
How is Moistick® adjusted to the different water demands of plants?
You can pay attention to the plants' different demands of water by choosing from three pre-set moisture levels. In case all three moisture levels are not ideal for your plant, you can also influence when the Moistick is signalising dry alarm by adjusting the insertion depth of the sensor tip. The deeper the sensor tip is inserted, the later the dry alarm is signalised, as in the deeper substrate the moisture is higher. If you insert the sensor tip less deep, Moistick signalises the dry alarm earlier, as the upper substrate layers dry faster. Thus there can still be a lot of moisture in the root bale, although the substrate is optically dry.
What is the difference between Moistick® and Moistick® XL?
Whereas Moistick is used for planters of up to 30 cm height, Moistick XL is suitable for planters that are deeper than 30 cm. The sensor tip of Moistick XL is fixed at a longer cable. Thereby the moisture level can also be easily determined for root bales that are located deep in the planter.
Can I use the same Moistick® for different plants?
Generally Moistick should be left at one place. Thus we recommend to use one Moistick for each planter.
Can I use Moistick® in every plant substrate?
Yes. You can use your Moistick in every soil substrate or mineral substrate (except for expanded clay). This is not possible with every other moisture sensor. It is important that the yellow sensor tip is placed deep in the root bale to show a result which is as accurate as possible.
Where in the substrate should the sensor be placed?
Always place the yellow sensor tip in the soil bale. In particular with mineral substrate it can happen that it is still sufficiently wet, but the roots cannot absorb the moisture. Thus the moisture in the soil bale is relevant. Moistick has to be inserted into the substrate up to the upper tip to assure a proper measurement of moisture. Despite the help of technical tools it is recommended to check the moisture level in the substrate also from time to time with the finger.
Can I relocate Moistick®?
Yes. But you should give Moistick about 6 hours until the moisture at the new location is correctly displayed.
How deep should the sensor be placed in the substrate?
Insert the sensor up to the middle of the soil bale where the roots are located or at a maximum up to the lower edge of the Moistick cap.
Can I use Moistick® independant of the planter size?
Yes. You can use Moistick® in every planter. It is important that the sensor tip is always located in the area of the root bale. For root bales, which are located deeper in the planter, Moistick XL is recommended. The sensor tip of Moistick XL is fixed at a longer cable. Thereby the moisture level can also be easily determined for root bales that are located deep in the planter.
Can Moistick® be also used for bonsai trees?
Yes, as far as the spatial conditions in the bonsai planter allow it. If not we recommend the use of Moistick XL, as the electronic housing can be placed behind the planter.
Is Moistick® splashproof?
Yes. You can use Moistick thus also outdoors.
Moistick® signals no dry alarm, although the substrate seems to be dry.
As the sensor tip of Moistick is deeper in the root bale, the moisture at the surface is not important. The integrated moisture sensor in your Moistick measures the existing moisture deeper in the soil.
My Moistick® signals that it is dry although the soil still seems to be moist. How can this happen?
As the sensor tip is located deep in the substrate it can happen that the water cannot reach the deeper regions of the planter in case the plant is not sufficiently watered and remains at the lower layers of the substrate instead. But as also the roots of most plants are located deeper in the substrate they get no moisture despite watering as well. Thus the substrate should always be sufficiently moist after watering. Planters with hole in the bottom should be watered until water is reaching the saucer.
Moistick® is signalising the watering alarm too late.
Increase the moisture level (from 1 to 2 or 3 drops) or place Moistick deeper in the substrate. With Moistick digital you have additionally also the option to water when a certain bar of the moisture indicator is shown instead of waiting until the watering alarm is blinking.
Moistick® is signalising the watering alarm too early.
Reduce the moisture level (from 3 to 2 or 1 drops) or place Moistick deeper in the substrate.