How many drip lines for watermelon.

rustico_2009March 24, 2013

I have been watering my watermelons in hills with a coil of 1/4" drip tubing taken off a 1/2 feeder. Works good but I am going with some longer rows and using t-tape.

How many tape lines per bed for watermelon? This is sandy loamish soil (good drainage) and water spreads out a foot and a half at 1 foot deep with average watering.

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randy41_1

i plant melons in plastic in a row with 1 t-tape down the middle of the plastic.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 4:44PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

I plant my rows 6 feet apart and run row of drip tape under the plastic mulch.

Jay

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 6:34PM
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kelise_m

I water melons with flag emitters in 1/2" mainline that I've reused for several years, but when that set up wears out I'll be doing the same as my cucumbers which is a single driptape under the plastic.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 7:11PM
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little_minnie(zone 4a)

I also use one tape per row under plastic. I am putting a dummy line under on several things too so I can switch to it if I think the other one sprouted holes. I unplug it a bit before harvest anyway. You should never water mature melons.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 8:18PM
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tomatoesandthings(7A)

If your tape sprouts a hole you can easily fix it with a connector.

Here is a link that might be useful: Connecter Fitting

This post was edited by TomatoesAndThings on Sun, Mar 24, 13 at 21:52

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 9:51PM
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Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

I also just use one drip line per row. And all my melons (musk, honey dew, watermelon) are spaced at 18" in the row.

-Mark

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 12:34AM
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rustico_2009

I guess it is unanimous! It sounds too easy and that confuses me! Seriously though, one drip line it is.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:51PM
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little_minnie(zone 4a)

You can't fix them under plastic with vines on top! That is why I plan to have spares under the plastic,

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 11:41PM
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moon1234(5)

SURE you can. If you have a bad leak you will be able to HEAR it. You will also have a small pond forming around the leak. They are easy to find and fix.

I never run drip down the center of the bed. It is always offset 6" to either side. I transplant down the middle of the row.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 6:46AM
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tomatoesandthings(7A)

Agreed, just pull the vines back. Most of your leaks will be there the first time you hook up your tape.

This post was edited by TomatoesAndThings on Sun, Apr 7, 13 at 21:35

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