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What is average length of  time for drip irrigation for  hanging baskets?

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Dave H

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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 6,418

    It will depend on water flow, but I found that my pots and hanging baskets required under 10 minutes of drip irrigation before water started to run through.  I would start at about that figure and then adjust.

  • Yes water flow will be most important factor for drip irrigation David.  At present we have our pots watered once every three days, but rather longer than KT53 at just 10 minutes - I must check if the water is being wasted through the bottom.  It is our first year of automatic irrigation, during the hottest part of summer we had it on twice a day, but found this was too much.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 6,418

    Sorry, I should have said that watering is twice daily on mine too.  7am and 7pm.

  • Most of our irrigation system is set up to water the masses of large pots we have around our house, and my quandary is what to do in the off seasons.  My summer pots are running down now and don't need so much watering, but the next pots I have ready to replace the summer pots are full of bulbs, some are just beginning to make roots, but are not showing any growth on the top of the pot yet.  I think I should have put a few winter pansies in with the bulbs, but didn't have any ready.

  • Thank you all for your advice will work on your suggestions and will keep you informed.  At present the system will only be used during holidays/periods away from home.

    Thank you all once again

    Dave

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 6,418

    Once it's set up I suspect you will use it more than just when away.  It takes away one of the monotonous daily chores, and stops the water from leaky watering cans running down your arms. image

  • Saves on the back ache too from lifting heavy watering cans doesn't it?  I can't imagine not have this automatic watering system now.  I have saved almost an hour a day in which I can be doing other gardening jobs or just RELAXING!

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 6,418
    Guernsey Donkey2 says:

    Saves on the back ache too from lifting heavy watering cans doesn't it?  I can't imagine not have this automatic watering system now.  I have saved almost an hour a day in which I can be doing other gardening jobs or just RELAXING!

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     Absolutely.  My irrigation system waters around 40 pots, hanging baskets and troughs.  I hate to think how many cans that would need.

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