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Yenling83

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How long does it take you to water?
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:42 AM »
I'm just curious to hear an estimate of how long it takes you to water and what type of system you use? You could break it down by season, or just an estimate over the year.

-Currently I water by hand and I guess on average it takes about 15-20 min to water all my trees. 
 

thomas tynan

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 01:33 PM »
I am in the 20 to 30 minute range. Usually longer in the heat of summer and less in the fall. I water by hand, but use drip irrigation for some of the material growing in the ground. The summer is the most intense period - simply because the heat on the surface of the pot/container can damage roots. I usually start to relax the first/second week of September.

Also..if trees are spread out in mutliple locations that can add to the overall time. Watering is relaxing and gives time to think and look at trees...I enjoy it. Tom
 

Hubris

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 01:38 PM »
Like 5 minutes since I only have two trees  :-[
 

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2013, 01:42 PM »
30 min every day in summer. Hardly ever now till spring.

I use a 1gl juice bottle with holes in the lid.   About once a week they get flushed in the sink for a while. Hour plus those days.

I keep a couple inside and out that can wilt, when they do, everything gets watered. Those are the ones I "listen" to.


 

John Kirby

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2013, 02:25 PM »
3 hours per day if by hand, 2hours when using the automated system. Once or twice per week in late fall/winter when the trees aren't frozen.
 

Hubris

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2013, 03:50 PM »
Jesus John ... just how many trees are you packing?
 

Yenling83

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2013, 04:49 PM »
Yes, I wonder if anyone can exceed Kirby's time?  Sounds like you need some apprentices!
 

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2013, 04:50 PM »
During the spring through fall 15 minutes or so does it. I use a hose with a water wand equipped with a fine rose. Sometimes I water with a watering can. From late fall through early spring I water only once in a while, approx every four to six weeks. OK, i do not have any tropicals and all my trees take a winter nap.
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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2013, 08:26 PM »
It takes me anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes. The long days are usually every other day during the hottest part of the summer. Many of the collected trees are in larger collection boxes and don't need a full watering every day unless it's scorching.
 

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2013, 05:57 AM »
Yen, I will gladly pay you $100 per month plus food and a place to sleep for the next five to seven years if you water and do other bonsai work for me, everyday. Not sure you wife would care for it, but heck we all make sacrifices. Hubris, 8 trees, low water pressure........ ;). Could probably do in half to quarter the time with higher pressure and reasonable flow rate.
 

Hubris

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2013, 08:09 AM »
Care to explain your watering process if you can make 8 trees last 3 hours? Makes me feel like i'm slacking
 

Dan W.

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2013, 09:36 AM »
Lol.... Hubris, if John only has 8 trees... then I only have 8 legs. I doubt he even knows how many. Heck, I don't know how many I have and he's been seriously into bonsai far longer than I have.
 

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2013, 09:53 AM »
I water by hand and takes 15 to 20 minutes but I like to spend at least 30 minutes every morning during the growing season, just to enjoy.

I have some trees close to the house that get morning sun only and am able to use the hose. I schlep watering cans to my full sun benches which are a distance from the house.

Best,



 

Hubris

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2013, 10:20 AM »
So hes got like a hundo
 

Yenling83

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Re: How long does it take you to water?
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2013, 10:39 AM »
Yen, I will gladly pay you $100 per month plus food and a place to sleep for the next five to seven years if you water and do other bonsai work for me, everyday. Not sure you wife would care for it, but heck we all make sacrifices. Hubris, 8 trees, low water pressure........ ;). Could probably do in half to quarter the time with higher pressure and reasonable flow rate.

:)