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Irrigation for Bamboo and Tropical Plants

Irrigation for bamboo is extremely important especially when planting. It is in fact as important as buying the plants themselves.

Newly purchased plants are leaving an environment that has been automatically watered every day for anything up to two years.

If you plant them in the ground and don’t monitor them each day for approximately 3-6weeks depending on time of year obviously warmer months more water then they are at risk of drying or de-foliating. 90% of the time bamboo will thrive back with a vengeance but the plants may still look sparse for some time and can develop black “stress spots”

Irrigation tap can be “switched off” when bamboo or plants are established and turned on when plants are dry in unusually hot weather.

EQUIPMENT:

Always use quality parts, you would typically spend $100-$300 for a decent system depending on what timer you purchase – we use NODE and GALCON battery timers

19 or 25mm low density poly pipe depending on distance, and individual spike drippers on each plant suffice for even the most thirsty summer growing clumping bamboos….

The brown dripper hose is not useful as it doesn’t water the individual pots.
Tip: We always install second brass tap to existing wall taps to avoid having to remove timer all the time.

TIMER DURATION AND SETTING EXAMPLES – Guide only, locations may vary

Timer Should be set for –

Spring: 1 cycle approx 15mins or 2 Litre per plant morning (5-8am range)

Summer: 2 cycles approx 15mins mornings or 2 Litre per plant (5-8am range) and 10mins midday (11:30-2pm range)

Autumn: 1 cycle approx 15mins or 2 Iitre per plant morning (5-8am range)

Winter: 1 cycle approx 10mins or 1 litre (6-9am)

OPTIONAL

Enquire within for irrigation as we can install or help you design your system from your backyard to complex projects and golf courses.

Unconcentrated Grey water and rain water tanks are also suitable for irrigation providing the pump pressure is sufficient

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