PROBLEMS AND DISADVANTAGES OF WICKING BEDS


Wicking beds are self-watering systems and are best for growing in a hot climate. It is very easy to grow plants in wicking beds. Even pre-gardeners can easily grow and we can get healthier, flushing, and more productive. You can prevent your plant from weeds, fungus, pesticides, and other insects.

Growing in a wicking bed is super easy but there are also some disadvantages of growing plants in a wicking bed which are explained below;


1. Difficult To Install Wicking System.

Wicking bed installation needs technical knowledge and skills to build properly. If you could not build your wicking bed, your wicking bed can leak or oversaturate the soil because of poor design and being incorrectly installed.


 2. Costs Too High.

Wicking beds are expensive and cost too high than non-wicking systems. Most people could not afford it because it is expensive. so most people prefer gardening in the ground because it is easy and more affordable than a wicking bed system.


3. Requires More Material.

For building a wicking system you require some non-renewable material like poly pipes, liners, and screened crushed rocks.

For human health and for the environment you can use a food-grade poly liner and poly components rather than PVC.  


4. Unsuitable Environment For Some Plants.

Most of the plants grow well in wet and dry cycles but the problem with wicking beds is that the soil is constantly moist. This environment is unsuitable for some plants because they could not grow well in moist soil, rather it need dry soil also.  


5. Water Retention In The Wicking Bed.

Water retention in the wicking bed leads to the build-up of fertilizers and evaporation of water from the soil and combined with upward wicking carries the excess salt concentration. And build up the upper soil layer for planting shallow-rooted seedlings.


6. Different Moisture Levels in Soil Layers.

The upper layer of soil in the wicking bed is dry while the lower soil layer is moist and soggy. As the lower soil layer is soggy and their roots are present they dislike the wet environment so root diseases spread in plants.


 7. Freeze Soon.

Wicking beds will freeze sooner in the fall than normal ground beds and grow on land. it is the biggest disadvantage of a wicking bed system because freezing leaves will frond and your plant does not carry out photosynthesis and resulting in wilt.


8. Problematic For Growing Thirsty Plants.

 In wicking beds, we could not grow very thirsty plants such as tomatoes because they require a lot of water for their proper growth. but we could grow lettuce, herbs, and rosemary. They show better growth in the wicking bed.


9. Require More Maintenance.

When we grow vegetables or fruits in the wicking bed, we need to maintain moisture, water, and nutrients.

But if we grow veggies and fruits in the ground we do need to worry about moisture level and nutrients because plants uptake water and all the essential nutrients directly from the soil according to its requirement.


10. Training And Knowledge Required.

For growing vegetables and fruits in the wicking bed, you will have a little knowledge of wicking and training for maintaining a wicking bed. because we will have to maintain the nutrient cycle as your plant could not uptake all the essential nutrients from the ground directly.

You will have to maintain the water level topped up through the inflow pipe rather than surface watering. So training and knowledge are required for growing vegetables and fruits in the wicking bed.

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