HEMP IRRIGATION - WHERE TO BEGIN?
Although often overlooked, irrigation helps determine the crop’s life, quality, and yield. Our journey with irrigation and commercial horticulture began over 40 years ago, and we continue to offer cutting-edge irrigation, fertigation, and cultivation solutions. We can walk you through the process of designing and building an irrigation system with unparalleled support and service.
This WA Hemp Field is irrigated by one of our systems. Photo Credit: @hunterandreichfarms
BLUMAT VS TRADITIONAL IRRIGATION: THE EVOLUTION OF DRIP
For multi-acre fields, we normally recommend traditional drip irrigation systems - pumps, disposable or heavy-wall tape, and filters. Tape can be sized for any flow rate or spacing to match any/all applications. For more sustainable, multi-year systems, we have more expensive but more ecological long-term options.
Fields and irrigating systems require high flow rates and capacity to move large volumes of water and/or nutrient solution. We have the pumps and nutrient-dosing systems to meet your needs.
TYPES OF TAPE
- Disposable : Use for a season, then replace; 5-8 mil
- Pressure Compensating : 2-3 years; 15 mil tape
- Heavy-Wall : Durable, re-usable, and pressure compensating; 10+ years
- BluSoak : Capable of decades of service at low pressure
We recommend sand-media and mechanically-based filters (i.e. disk, mesh, etc.) to minimize complications and ensure consistent reliability.
BLUMAT SYSTEMS: DEMAND-BASED IRRIGATION
We began designing and supplying drip irrigation systems in 1976 and have evolved systems and products that now go much further than conventional drip. Drip systems deliver water and/or nutrients directly to plant roots, resulting in high productivity with minimal inputs (labor, power water, fertilizer, etc.).
Blumat and BluSoak systems let the plants decide when and how much water they receive. They deliver water only as the plants use it. It is the ideal method, but also the most expensive. It maximizes water conservation and can help save fertilizers.
BLUMATS FOR CRAFT HEMP
CAPILLARY MATS & PROPAGATION
Capillary mats provide large surface areas of even moisture content for propagation.
Capillary Mats keep clones, starts, and seedlings constantly watered with minimal effort.
Blumats provide individualized watering for each phenotype and strain - the ideal irrigation option for maintaining genetic stock.
Blumats with Blusoak are the preferred choice for high-value, high-margin hemp crops, such as smokable flower. Use with Grassroots Living Soil fabric beds for best results.
Photo credit: @higherthought.guru
COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN VS DIY
For first-time growers as well as experienced old hands, we can provide professional design and engineering for every budget and for the best results. Our in-house design team has decades of cultivation experience, and can intimately understand the best solutions for your unique situation. We can ensure that you’ll get exactly the system you need, as well as the knowledge necessary to install, maintain, and operate it for optimized performance. Multi-acre field designs include insured engineering and CAD renderings.
Examples of renderings.
Our staff prioritizes top-shelf customer service. You can always call our office to speak with a Boulder-based irrigation expert - we answer the phone.
Our office and warehouses are nestled underneath the iconic Boulder flatirons.
We can also arrange site visits, take measurements, and use that research to make recommendations and quotes. We can confidently recommend professional installers who will travel to your site, and are familiar with our watering systems.
We have longstanding relationships with top manufacturers to ensure supply of the most comprehensive selection of irrigation products as well as some of the lowest prices. If you would like to begin or upgrade an irrigation system, we can help with anything from tape to fittings, supply line, pumps, filters, and automatic controllers, and hard-to-find components.
How do Blumat systems compare to other drip and soaker methods?
- Automatically Maintains Best Levels • Without batteries, timers, or computers!
- Even Water Distribution • Blumat soaker hose has millions of micro-output holes ~ water spreads out more evenly
- Less Water Use • Uses 75% less water than other systems
- Better Productivity • Evenly watered soil ~ plants grow thicker and with more dispersed root systems
- Won’t Clog Like Other Systems • Steady low water pressure and million of tiny holes makes it nearly impossible to clog
- Long Life • Lasts over 25 years!
- Cooler Water • White tape keeps water cooler
- Less Evaporation • Slow drip means less evaporation ~ bury for even less
How can low pressure and low water flow go so far and water so much?
- The Power of Time:
Small water flow at low pressure over a long period of time = Best way to water a large area.
How It Works