Water is among the three biggest operating costs of commercial ornamental nurseries in urban settings. Furthermore, Australian nursery operators are often restricted with strict water access regulations. Nevertheless, nursery managers must ensure that potted ornamental plants are grown to optimum marketable value. By carefully measuring plant-water relations combined with on-site weather conditions, ornamental nursery managers can manage water use whilst ensuring the supply of quality planting materials.
The key parameters a nursery manager periodically checks typically through manual inspection are:
Monitoring and Network solution
In the Urban Ornamental Nursery, the following sensors and instruments were installed:
With a network solution the nursery manager was enabled to monitor the water use of the plants and the extremes of weather that influence the plant, as this was connected to the internet. There was: