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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

If You Don't Have It, You Can't Use It: Water Issues at Prides Corner Farm

Michael R. Emmons

pp: 466-468

With the advent of container nursery production and the importance of having sufficient drainage and porosity within these containers the necessity for having larger amounts of water became essential to the quality and survival of these crops. Knowing how much will be needed can be a crapshoot because different years vary in temperature and natural rainfall. Most nurseries should consider their worst case scenario that is if it didn't rain a drop for June, July, and August, traditionally the three most intense watering months, what would you need. The reality is many of us don't do that and some years we find ourselves wondering, hoping, praying, and commiserating over whether there will be enough water to go around or will this finally be the year it all catches up to you. The bottom line is we do what we have to do because death is not an option and there are already far too many people standing in unemployment lines.

Yearly statistics are one way to determine water needs. Yet I heard

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