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DIY Greenhouse Watering

Greenhouses can serve many purposes, from beautifying your property to providing a haven for houseplants, to prolonging your growing season for vegetables and flowers. In the same way as any other green space, however, it probably needs a good deal of water, especially in hot summer months. Fortunately there are many alternatives for watering your greenhouse, depending on your space and also the needs of your particular plants.

Drip Hose

A favourite way of greenhouse watering is the drip hose, which consists of a lengthy, hose-like tube with second holes poked in it all along its length and screwed to a spigot. By weaving the hose out and in one of the plants in your greenhouse, you can ensure a steady trickle of water to each of them so they do not get overwatered. The hose never has to be moved and it is possible to turn it off and on at will or attach it into a timer.


Usually mounted around 5 or 6 feet up from the greenhouse and attached to a spigot, a misting system uses existing water pressure to force water through a set of holes that produce a fine mist in the greenhouse. The upside is a steady source of humidity and hydration into the plants. The disadvantage is that misting systems are not able to discriminate between plants and the remaining part of the greenhouse, so your other items will always get jammed.

Capillary Matting

These mats are made of thick cloth — usually cotton and polyester blends — that absorbs water when it’s administered by hand to the mat or even added into a below-ground water reservoir. The mats always and slowly release water into plant trays and pots, keeping them at an even hydration degree. This is a do-it-yourself favorite, since it eliminates a great deal of responsibility from the gardener and only moistens the floor of the greenhouse.


A sprinkler system is what it sounds like. You may either use a sprinkler head attached to a hose, or you could install sprinkler heads from the greenhouse floor if it’s made from dirt. Sprinklers could be turned on by hand at a spigot or automated with a timer. When having a sprinkler, make certain that you don’t obey the other objects in your greenhouse getting wet, and use plant trays to capture as much excess water as possible.

Hand Watering

The clearest of greenhouse watering procedures, hand watering by watering can or hose can also be the most efficient in case your greenhouse is little or your plants very water-efficient, such as cacti and succulents. However, if you discover that hand watering takes up a lot of your time or doesn’t allow you to thoroughly water in the moment that you have, you might wish to switch to a more widespread system.

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