The delivery of water to the plants is a key aspect of cut flower production. The amount, quality and application of irrigation should be suitable for each particular crop and situation. Getting the water right could make the difference between the success and failure of your crop and your business.
In preparing for cut flower production, the irrigation system must be well planned before installation. Even for established flower growers, there may come a time when an upgrade or expansion to the existing irrigation system is required. Over time, regular maintenance of the system will ensure optimal operation, including the possibility of replacing worn or inefficient parts. For these reasons, it is important to understand the components of an efficient irrigation system.
This article reviews the key factors to keep in mind and the broad steps involved in choosing and installing an irrigation system. In a future issue, we will look in more detail at the various disinfestation options that are available. 

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