One can easily be overwhelmed with all of the information around cannabis irrigation. If you are just beginning or you are experienced and moving on to bigger operations, the options are the same and are plenty. Irrigation of a farm or garden is arguably the most important part. Obviously without the plants there is no garden, but without water the plants don’t live or grow. So what sort of options do you have? Let’s review some of the most common forms of irrigation for small to medium scale farms.
- Sprinkler system. We have all seen these in some capacity. Very large farms use industrial-size sprinklers to cover large fields of produce. Residential lawns often use them to keep the grass green. Because they just spray water to cover everything, this means your leaves and stems will become soaked. With soaked leaves on a hot summer day you have to be careful with timing. Soaked leaves in heat could burn up and soaked leaves in warm humidity can grow mildew. Also, you can’t really help where the water pools if you have dips in the landscape. But for convenience sake, you can turn on the water and walk away while it does the job for you.
- Good old-fashioned manual watering. Nothing beats a sprayer hooked up to a hose. With the sprayers you can buy the specialized garden types with several different sprinkler and pressure settings. This is great for the right now; if you didn’t have time to set up an irrigation system this will obviously work. You can adjust strength and duration as you wish, but you might not get the best consistency due to simple human variation. Sprayers can also cause pooling, but not as much as larger sprinkler systems. For cannabis irrigation with larger plants, this won’t take too long because you can simply stand at the base and spray on a light setting until the soil near the roots is quite saturated.
- Drip irrigation for marijuana is the most popular. These commonly come as a whole starter kit but you can also make your own out of any type of plastic or rubber tubing. Small holes are cut along the tubing to allow drips to be released steadily to soak the soil at the base of the plant. This is also a great time, money, and energy saver because it’s another type of system where you can turn it on and walk away. Times and pressure regulators can be installed on the tubing if wanted. This method does not allow for pooling and will steadily soak the soil near the root without any flushing. With drip irrigation no water is wasted and much time and effort is saved.
There are many other types of irrigation systems to use, but these are the most common and on some accounts the most popular. The marijuana growing business is already a large endeavor to pursue, so it makes sense to create an irrigation system that is a simple as possible.