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    Author(s): R. Kasten Dumroese; Mark E. Montville; Jeremiah R. Pinto
    Date: 2015
    Source: Native Plants Journal.16: 67-71.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Description

    Proper irrigation can reduce water use, water waste, and incidence of disease. Knowing when to irrigate plants in container nurseries can be determined by weighing containers. This simple method is quantifiable, which is a benefit when more than one worker is responsible for irrigation. Irrigation is necessary when the container weighs some target as a proportion of its weight at field capacity. Care should be taken when comparing target container weights because they can be calculated different ways. In the nursery, one easy method for obtaining weights is using a small, handheld portable balance.

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    Citation

    Dumroese, R. Kasten; Montville, Mark E.; Pinto, Jeremiah R. 2015. Using container weights to determine irrigation needs: A simple method. Native Plants Journal.16: 67-71.

    Keywords

    overhead irrigation, subirrigation, block weight, target weight, fertigation

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