WATERING MANAGEMENT: Automatic, manual/semi-automatic
The seasons, the weather, the sales area (Structure) and the size of the point of sale, the type of soil used, the wide varieties displayed and the expected turnover - are some of the factors that determine the choice on which irrigation system to adopt in the store.
The ideal area where to use the automatic irrigation is outdoor and, in particular, with focus on medium large plants. One of the technique to use is the "drip system" that allows you to irrigate plants consistently reducing labor costs. The automatic irrigation indoor is a bit more sensible issue that would need particular attentions. Imagine a bench display with plants that have been irrigated once for the day and, after a short time, a part of the products are sold. Restoring the stock on the bench means to place new plants that are not hydrated. Therefore is important to find the right hydration balance to avoid the increase of over spread fungal diseases, which, by the way, persist and attack other plants in the sales area.
Manual / semi-automatic
Manual or semiautomatic watering is the most suitable solution for Garden Centre of any size. In case of hybrid environments, for instance carrying seasonal plants, you can adjust the automatic system to fill the tub with water to a minimum, almost to touch the point of support between the pots and tub. It is important to avoid the stagnation of water that should drain out after one or two hours, depending on the type and size of the plant. The drainage can also be done by normal absorption. The technique to do the manual hose watering is even more simple and supported by the features of the benches, that is the drain channels, filter, inlet tap and so on.
The mix of the automatism allows the operators to get a great result, which, although it may seem "onerous", will bring many benefits in the long run. The most important factor is the experience of the operator who, in addition to monitoring the status of waters, may determine the health status of plants. In order to maintain order and cleanliness in our Garden Centre, you should always opt for subsurface irrigation, thus maintaining the plants always clean and dry in the surface.
The Basins/benches must be 100% leveled. This is an easy task due the adjustable feet and legs. If the benches are longer than 3 meters, you should apply the valves on both ends in order to obtain a more homogeneous irrigation.