The greenhouse and nursery business has a profound affect on general agriculture and landscape plantings around the world, in addition to fresh fruit, vegetable and flower production. This is because high density nursery and greenhouse plantings are often replanted on much larger tracts of agricultural or landscape land later, and/or reflect significant revenue sold fresh. Water is an essential ingredient in plant growth, and nowhere is it more important than in the nursery and greenhouse business where natural rainfall is either non-existent or grossly inadequate. Drip irrigation technology was developed decades ago and has been adapted in a myriad of ways to assist in achieving high yields, improved quality, and reduced costs, while avoiding the runoff and deep percolation issues associated with other irrigation technologies in the nursery and greenhouse environment.
Greenhouse and nursery operators have reaped the benefits of drip irrigation technology in a number of ways. In field production, drip irrigation systems are used to create wetted corridors of moisture down field rows. In greenhouse production, drip emitters or sprayers apply water to individual containers or individual benches. Water and nutrients are delivered directly to the targeted plant’s root zone without wetting the plant or non-targeted areas between the rows, beds, blocks or benches. Drip misters and automation equipment may also be used for cooling, propagation or humidity control, and since application rates and operating pressures are low, runoff may be avoided and pumping costs reduced. Perhaps most importantly, water and fertilizers are applied uniformly to each plant, even in hilly terrain or long lengths of run, so every plant is spoon fed exactly what it needs.
Converting to drip irrigation is much like buying and learning to use any new technology. It is best to start by doing a little research, then find someone you trust to help with the design, installation, operation, and maintenance. Drip irrigation is different from gravity or sprinkler irrigation and can be highly customized to an individual operation. For best results, find someone who understands both drip system irrigation and your application.
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