Install drip irrigation for potted plants

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Drip irrigation is extremely convenient - not just during the holiday season. Even if you spend the summer at home, the daily watering can or the tour with the garden hose is unnecessary. The system supplies the potted plants and balcony boxes on the terrace via small, individually adjustable drip nozzles as needed with water. In addition, there are no water losses through overflowing pots or coasters, because the drip irrigation verarbreicht the precious wet - as the name suggests - drop by drop.

Another advantage of drip irrigation is that it is easy to automate. Just connect an irrigation computer between the tap and the main line, set the watering times - and you're done. The shut-off valve of the faucet remains permanently open, because the computer has its own valve, which regulates the water supply. And do not worry: When the computer runs out of battery power, there is no flood, because then the valve in it is automatically closed.

Step by step: How to install a drip irrigation system

Lay out laying pipe

Cut laying pipe into sections

Lay out the black PVC pipe between the first and the last plant (left) and then divide it into individual segments (right)

Place the plants next to each other and lay out the drip irrigation pipe (here the Gardena micro-drip system) in front of the pots on the ground. Our start set is enough for a total of ten potted plants water, but can be extended as needed. With the pruning shears, you cut the laying pipe into sections that extend from the middle of the pot to the center of the pot.

Connect sections

Place the end of the manifold on a tee

Place a T-piece between each pipe piece (left) and insert the thin distributor pipe (right)

The cuts are now reconnected using the tees. The thinner connection should always be on the side where the container plant to be watered is standing. At the last tee comes another, sealed with a cap section. Insert one end of the thin manifold onto one of the tees. Unroll the manifold to the center of the bucket and cut it off.

Insert end drip into the pipe

Pipe holder fixes the final dropper

Insert a drip nozzle (here an adjustable, so-called "final drip") on the end of the distributor pipe (left) and attach a pipe holder (right)

Into the end of the manifold, the drip nozzle with the narrow side is inserted. Cut now also for the remaining buckets lengthy suitable distribution pipes and also provide them with a drip nozzle. A pipe holder fixes the drip nozzle later on the pot ball. He is put on the manifold just before the dropper.

Each bucket gets a final drip

Connect the garden hose

Insert a drip nozzle into each pot ball (left), connect the supply line to the base unit and this in turn to the garden hose (right)

Each bucket is supplied with water via its own drip nozzle. To do this, insert the pipe holder in the middle between the edge of the pot and the plant in the ground. Then connect the front end of the laying pipe to the garden hose. Here a so-called base unit is plugged in - it reduces the water pressure and filters the water, so that the nozzles do not clog. The outer end can be coupled with the garden hose via the common click system.

Water computer

Water seeps into the ground drop by drop

Connect the water computer to the faucet, set the watering times and connect it to the other end of the garden hose (left). From now on, the drip nozzles supply the plants evenly with water (right)

The system is automatically controlled by an irrigation computer. This is mounted and programmed between water connection and hose end. After the air escapes from the piping system, the nozzles begin to drop the water drop by drop. You can regulate the flow individually and tailor it to the water requirements of the plant.

Video Board: How to Setup a Drip Irrigation System for Containers/Potted Plants.

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