With water situations across the country becoming more serious each year — especially in the drier southwestern states — growers and retailers are constantly looking for new ways to stretch their water budgets and make their allotment count. As we head into the summer season, water-conscious growing practices will become all the more essential. If your operation produces some of, most of, or all of the plants that you sell, it pays to know some tricks for getting more out of your watering process. We’ve gathered some tips that could help your business use water more wisely.

Sources: “10 tips for recycling irrigation water” – Greenhouse Management magazine, Dec. 2014; “Plan for drought with water-wise plants” – Greenhouse Management magazine, April 2015; “Efficient irrigation” – Greenhouse Management magazine, Sept. 2013; “Greenhouses and water recycling” – SFGate.com; “Increase water use efficiency with shading” - Greenhouse Management magazine, Sept. 2011; “Water conservation tips from greenhouse manager Drew Demler” – BigTex.com, June 2014