Irrigation has been around since at least 6000 BC, when floodwaters from the rainy season would be diverted onto fields full of crops for the next 40 to 60 days. As time progressed, the methods of delivering water to gardens of all sizes advanced – from surface irrigation to more complex drip systems and overhead watering.
While professional agriculturalists with large-scale farms often hire irrigation companies to plan, set-up, and maintain the lines; but good irrigation is possible for smaller-scale grows and hobby gardens with the right planning.
Once a grower gets their irrigation lines in place, the only thing left is to get the proper water volume and timing dialed in to be on the way to well-watered plants in a fraction of the time it would take if they were watering manually.
This isn’t to say that irrigation is perfect from the get-go once it’s been installed – one of the common issues growers have with their system is overwatering because they’re not seeing the wet spots around the plants as they’re used to when they water by hand. Because irrigation systems deliver water to the roots directly, there won’t be a visible wet spot around the plant, and growers new to irrigation may overwater the plants as they may believe they’ve been underwatering. This will cause the plants to wilt, turn brown, and start dropping leaves. Effectively, the crop is being drowned and an unhealthy plant won’t bring anything to harvest if it survives.
Dialing in the flow rate correctly can be trial and error for a lot of growers, and is usually something they want to be able to do quickly once they’ve isolated the source of their plants ill health. Octo-Flow has the answer to this – and other – irrigation problems. Octo-Flow is an innovative 8 port stationary water irrigation manifold that allows the grower to control the flow rate or turn the flow off/on with a turn of the included hex key. If needed, it can be converted into a full-open version – all with a simple adjustment.
While the Octo-Flow 8 port manifold is a game-changer on its own, Octo-Flow wants to make sure every part of your irrigation system is above par. Flexible PVC Tubing from Octo-Flow is a must-have for those who are serious about getting the best quality materials for their irrigation projects, it is food grade inside and out, bind free, and features a unique two-layered white outer coating with a black inner tube to maintain stable temperatures during irrigation in sunlight or direct heat.
Already have an irrigation system in place but just need new tubing? You’re covered - the 3/16" inner diameter will fit most standard irrigation equipment such as drip stakes, emitters, bubblers, as well as the Octo-Flow 8 Port irrigation manifold when you’re ready to upgrade!
Your plants are looking thirsty; time to make sure they’re watered with the best!
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It’s that time of year again – the holidays are in full swing, and the New Year is waiting to make a grand entrance. We took a look at what we’ve accomplished in the past year, and are pleased to say it’s been a lot! Besides customer events and staff parties, we brought new products to our already extensive properties – and they’ve all been excellent examples of the quality we proudly carry!
Agriculturalists have been using vegetative propagation throughout history so they could continue cultivating the plants that have favorable traits in their grow – these traits can be hardiness, size, and pest resistance. This is done by taking leaf cuttings from the desired plant and growing it into a new plant, this creates a clone of the original plant because this new plant will have the same genetic makeup. This form of cloning is favored by growers because it bypasses the seedling phase, allowing the plants to mature faster, saving the grower money as it allows for a faster turnover in sellable crops!
From soil to nutrients, it’s always better to have things on hand when the weather warms up to avoid needing to make multiple trips to the nursery. A lot of planning goes into a spring garden, even more so if it’s a commercial crop or a sizable grow. When working with this level, time is important to get everything set up and dialed-in on time, and getting those sprouts started, Stocking up on the essentials now means that much less time in the car, in a line, or waiting for delivery of the basics your garden needs.