7 Common Questions About Drip Irrigation For Potted Plants

Posted by Joe Mouad on Sep 22, 2022 10:59:00 AM

If it seems like you spend half your life watering your potted plants, you might be right.

As much as you love your leafy beauties, the constant watering is a big drag, right?

What if you didn’t have that hassle anymore? Imagine magical little tubes that carry water from your trusty irrigation system right to your potted plants.

Welcome to potted plant drip irrigation. Want to get all that watering time back? Have some questions?

Here are the answers:

1. How Does Drip Irrigation for Container Gardens Work?

Unlike your usual method of watering planters, by pouring water from a container or hitting them with spray from your hose, then swearing about all the trouble this is, container drip irrigation uses small hoses pierced with tiny holes that allow small quantities of water to trickle slowly into your planters’ soil.plant with drip irrigation
The hoses run up through the bottoms of your planters and tie into your irrigation system. Tiny emitters connected to the tubes water your plants — no more pesky hand watering!

2. Why Should I Get Drip Irrigation for Potted Plants?

If “no more pesky hand watering” isn’t enough reason for you, no problem — there’s more.

It saves water. Potted plant drip irrigation uses less water than pouring water into your planters because the water is applied directly to the plants. There’s no water waste.

It’s healthier for plants. A drip irrigation system delivers all the water to your plants’ roots, not their leaves. Wet leaves encourage fungal diseases that can kill your plants.

Your soil doesn’t get messily sprayed out of your planters. That gentle dripping doesn’t disturb the soil.

3. Does Container Drip Irrigation Need Its Own Zone?

Ideally, your drip irrigation for container gardens should be on its own irrigation zone, so you can set it to water just your potted plants.planter drip irrigationBut most homeowners find that to be cost prohibitive so they opt to tie in their planter drip irrigation to another zone.

4. How Long Should I Run Potted Plant Drip Irrigation?

Start with a test run. Turn on the water for 15 minutes. Turn it off and wait 30 minutes. Dig down a bit in the soil below your emitters.

Is the soil moist at the depth of your plants' roots? Or, even better, is the soil moist all the way down to the bottom of the container? That’s how deep many plants will be rooted when they’re fully established.

If the soil isn't moist, try adjusting the time up to 20 to 30 minutes until you hit on the right timing.

5. What if I Add More Planters?

No problem. It’s easy to get addicted to big planters of spectacular tropical crotons, pots brimming with bountiful pink begonias, or coleus with fantastic multicolored leaves.irrigation dripperA drip watering system for potted plants is adaptable. When changes happen, your potted plant drip irrigation system is easily updated for your growing plant family.

6. Can I Install Potted Plant Drip Irrigation Myself?

Sure, if you don’t have anything better to do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

You can buy kits for installing a drip watering system for potted plants.

Find kits and individual components online and at home centers, garden centers, and plumbing stores.

But save yourself the hassle and hire irrigation installation in Central Florida — and know it’s all set up right.

7. Will my Container Drip Irrigation Need Maintenance?

It will, occasionally. Once you’re done installing a potted plant drip irrigation system, you can’t just ignore it and hope for the best.

Hoses eventually need repair or replacement. They require maintenance, too. Filters and emitters can get clogged. Hoses can accumulate debris. Your drip irrigation system will need to be flushed out once in a while.drip irrigation in mulch watering plants
But no need to cancel your golf game, your yoga session, or your manicure appointment.

Choose expert irrigation installation in Central Florida, and your drip irrigation pros will handle the occasional maintenance.

Ready for Potted Plant Drip Irrigation Installation in Central Florida? Trust Ground Source

It’s possible you’re not even sure what you just read, because you’re so distracted by the idea of no more hand watering your planters.

Understandable. It’s pretty exciting stuff.

Just give us a call.

Trust Ground Source for expert drip irrigation installation in Orlando, and for the routine inspections to make sure the pressure is right, emitters are working properly, and your controller is set for the right season.

We’re irrigation experts, but our skills don’t stop there. We’re with you every step of the way as you plan your perfect outdoor space.

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