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Penryn CA

Are you running your drip tape parallel or perpendicular? How close are you spacing your drip line ? I plan on ordering a small kit to start with 15ml - High flow.

2/13/2020 10:48:31 PM


Penryn CA

Clarification - Parallel or Perpendicular to the Main Vine.

2/13/2020 10:52:59 PM


Deer Park WA

Hay Penny, we always run our drip tape perpendicular to the main vine. Also break the drip tape into 3 basic zones so you can feed via fertigation as the plant grows out. We reduce water to the old growth and increas to the new as the plant grows. Fertigating with a Dosatron or cheap venturi injector will fine tune your program.

Kind Regards,


2/14/2020 2:07:48 AM


Merrimack NH

Hi Gads, I curious why you always go perpendicular to the main? I've been using drip tape for years and have run it both ways without really noticing any difference.

You've got me wondering if I'm missing something?


2/19/2020 4:26:42 PM

Jay Yohe

Pittsburgh, PA

BarryL...Gads explained why he runs his drip tape perpendicular to the main in his post. It's so he can set up 3 zones to control water to certain parts of the plant more than other parts. This would not be possible if running the drip tape parallel to the main vine.

2/20/2020 11:00:27 AM

Tom K


Like Barry, I have used drip tape both ways. This past season I ran 4 main tubing supply lines parallel and just to the right and left of the main vine (2 on each side/4 zones). Then ran drip tape out parallel to the side vines. In this setup the main vine is not watered directly but watered to each side. Water reaches the roots of the main just fine but the main stays dry. I found this to be a good setup particularly later in the season when rot can be a problem. Drip lines parallel to the side vines make vine maintenance easier IMO and makes it practical to use weeding tools without intersecting with drip tape every 12 or 14 inches. It seems I trip over drip lines less when working on the plant if they are parallel to the side vines.

This gives me 4 zones. 2 zones in the older part of the plant which may get watered less later in the season. 2 zones in the new plant growth which can be shut early and turned on when the plant gets there. This is a concept that Steve Daletas has talked about. Treating the plant like 2 separate plants with regard to water and feeding.

Obviously it is possible to set up as many zones as you want or need regardless of whether you choose to run drip tape parallel or perpendicular to the main vine. That's the beauty of drip tape. It's quite flexible. Great once you get it set up and running.

2/20/2020 2:44:19 PM


Merrimack NH

Thanks guys. Sorry Jay, your right he did explain it, apparently I'm a little slow, lol.

Tom I like your approach. I am always concerned about rot and the main vine getting too wet when the drip tape runs across it. Your set up avoids that and covers all the bases.

A little more work to set up, but sounds like its worth it.

2/20/2020 4:46:36 PM

719.5 Pounder

North Of The Border

I've read that the Paton brothers do theirs similar to Gadberry's, in sections, but they also do many sections. They run them perpendicular to the main, and do them very close together(can't remember the exact measurement but was around 5 feet i think)

3/20/2020 8:52:13 AM


Penryn CA

Thank you everyone - after I figure out 1. Water pressure 2. GPM Flow - I'll tackle the Plan and Purchase a small Drip System - Thinking of Company: Dripwork.com

3/30/2020 11:33:13 PM

wile coyote

On a cliff in the desert

I bought a drip system from Dripworks. I figured I would be attaching it to the end of a garden hose.
Here is the link for what I bought.


3/31/2020 12:55:16 AM

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