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The type of watering system you should install in your greenhouse depends primarily on the kind, and number of plants you plan to grow. The next important consideration is, as always, the budget.

Saving Time and Improving Growth

The concept behind automatic watering system is simple enough; the plants will get all the water they need without you being there to take care of them.  Just how automatic you want this process to be is up to you and your budget.

Some people prefer to monitor each plant as it grows, and the best time to do it is during daily watering chores. That is the time to check plants for aphids, common greenhouse pests, or any other plant problems. But, experience shows that good watering system may improve your plant’s growth by up to 70% as they will routinely receive their “life blood”. Life can tend to get in the way, and it is easy to forget, or simply not have the time to properly water the plants.

Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation for watering systems is by far the most popular type for greenhouses. Water is delivered to plants directly to the roots, through a system of pipes and nozzles imbedded in each pot, growing bed or tray. The system is extremely efficient as no water gets wasted and nothing besides plants gets wet.

Drip irrigation pipes can be laid on the soil level, throughout the greenhouse, or they can hang over the plant’s soil and release water to each pot by gravity.

Some drip irrigation systems are connected to the garden hose or a home’s water supply. Others have separate containers filled with water, which can be sufficient for one pot, or for an entire line of plants. It is up to you to make sure that the container is filled regularly. If you are particularly eco friendly, you may be able to set up a cistern system where rainwater is collected off your greenhouse’s roof and collected into rain barrels.

Most drip irrigation systems are automated by using a timer, which regulates intervals at which the plants will be watered. You can also control the pressure of the water, adjusting it accordingly for how much water your plants need for proper growth. It may take you some time to get the settings “just right”. Avoid overwatering as this may hurt or kill your plants.

More modern automatic systems use water sensors, which detect how dry the soil is and whether the plants need more water or not. They can even be programmed to sense the needs of each individual plant they are connected to. This is not as complicated or expensive as you might think, but the fact is that there is a computer involved in the system, while extremely efficient and effective, requires some degree of technical knowledge.

When you purchase your drip irrigation system, you can start small, just the number of drip points for the pots or trays you have, and easily add more “taps” when your needs or number of plants increases. With the exception of an electronic system, drip irrigation is easy to install and can come in a kit that includes all you need.

Misting Irrigation Systems

Capillary Matting

Capillary Matting is a system that is based on the principle of osmosis – special mats, placed below pots and trays are soaked in water. Soil absorbs the water by osmosis, delivering it to plant roots. Mats can be kept wet or by hand, or can be connected to a container attached to the bench or greenhouse wall.

Although not automatic, capillary mats are very efficient way of watering plants. Mats are made of thick cotton/polyester fabric that is highly absorbing. If you are using a water reservoir to replenish water in your mats, make sure that it is hanging about four inches below the soil level, otherwise the water will flow constantly, over-watering the mat and your plants.

Any of the mentioned watering systems can also be used to deliver fertilizer to plants at regular intervals with very few changes.


The slow drip irrigation rate of the Click & Drip gives the soil chance to absorb the water rather than it forming puddles and evaporating or running off. Our Click & Drip watering kits can be used with or without a Water timer. If you have any questions call us on 0845 602 3774 or email [email protected]

Garden & Greenhouse watering has never been easier with our Click & Drip plant irrigation systems. Our Click & Drip watering kits, designed to keep your plants watered without wasting a drop. When plants are watered by a watering can as little as 10% to 30% of the water reaches the root of the plants. The rest of the water runs off or evaporates.

The Click & Drip drip plant watering system release water slowly and evenly through drip irrigation pipe so that your plants take up the water before it forms puddles which evaporate. The holes in the dripper line are spaced 30cms apart and are carefully designed to open with internal pressure, so they allow water out but won’t become blocked when hidden under soil, mulch and bark. So whether you are watering plants in rasied beds, growbags, allotments or veg plots you can be confident of using our Click and Drip automatic drip plant watering kit.

If you love to grow your own tomatoes, cucumbers or other vegetables in growbags then our Click & Drip watering kit for growbags contains everything you need to water 9 plants in 3 growbags. Works perfectly with our 25 litre waterbutts.

Our drip irrigation kits are easy to extend with our Easy fit connectors and additional lengths of irrigation and non-drip pipe. If you’re unsure of how much irrigation or non-drip pipe you need to water your raised beds, pots or veg plot, then give one of our lovely Greenhouse Sensation Gardening Angels a call on 0845 602 3774

For automatic watering a garden Water timer can be added to the Click & Drip Watering kit or you can add the water timer to your existing watering system to water your plants while you’re on holiday or if you can’t make it to your veg plot daily. Perfect for keeping plants in your raised beds, pots, growbags, veg plots or boarders watered. This garden water timer can be used with any watering kits. The Electronic Water Timer does not require mains power and has 9 customisable watering times and duration.

Take the hard work out of watering with our space saving water butts. Waterbutts are a great alternative to hosepipes and help to reduce water wastage. Not only do our waterbutts make a great addition to your garden, greenhouse or other growing spaces, they are also light weight and durable.

If you are especially short of space & time then why not try our 25 Litre mini waterbutt option. This is our most compact waterbutt and will fit snuggly in your greenhouse, polytunnel or even on your allotment. The great thing about our 25 Litre mini waterbutt is you can fill it up with your hose to save you traipsing to and from your garden tap with a full watering can.

All our waterbutts work perfectly with our Click & Drip irrigation Kits or you can simply attach it to your currently irrigation kit.

We’ve added some beautiful watering cans to our product range from Haws Watering and Burgon & Ball. These quality watering cans have been made to last with easy to carry handles.


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