New Watering Nozzle Discovery – Valavanis Bonsai Weblog

Through the previous 60 plus years I’ve seen and used a large number of watering wands, nozzles and watering cans. These have ranged from costly copper Japanese watering cans to very cheap Chinese language inexperienced plastic watering nozzles as soon as imported and distributed by Brussel Martin.

In a rush, I’ve even used my thumb over an open-end hose. The inexperienced Chinese language plastic watering nozzles had been nice, however sadly, didn’t maintain up by day by day use in my bonsai backyard, because the plastic ring holding the rose (nozzle) saved breaking and Superglue wouldn’t work. ALL of those, and others will certainly get the job carried out watering bonsai. Nonetheless, in my pursuit of excellence of right bonsai watering strategies I’ve had a number of which had been fairly good. However there are some variations and, in my quest, to seek out the perfect watering nozzle at inexpensive cheap costs has taken me over 60 years. 

I’ve had a number of watering wands which have labored effectively for my use: Masakuni, Taiwan steel, American Dramm watering breaker nozzles (1,000 holes per rose however now discounted) and Melnor. There are tons of of fashions to pick from relying in your use and pocketbook. Listed here are my private evaluations of some watering nozzles.


The Masakuni nozzle was my first alternative due to the tremendous spray and top quality. They arrive on a 15-inch steel wand with a removeable rose for straightforward cleansing. Nonetheless, when dropped on a tough service the rose would get dented and water would go everywhere which isn’t good. At present they’re troublesome to find and price about $50.


After just a few years a Chinese language knock-off mannequin appeared on the overseas market with a 15-inch Steel Wand. The holes within the rose are fairly massive and don’t produce a tremendous spray. When dropped the rose was shielded from injury with a deep ring which prolonged over the rose. This labored, nonetheless after they switched from steel to a plastic ring, they broke. When accessible they price about $25.

Dramm Water Breaker

Dramm might be essentially the most used watering nozzle utilized in each gardening and enormous nursery productions. They’ve about 15 completely different nozzles in several colours, every having a unique variety of holes. The usual plastic nozzle, silver coloration, has about 400 massive holes and a stainless-steel rose. They arrive in several fashions and the very best I’ve discovered is crimson with 1,000 holes. Nonetheless, it this mannequin is being discontinued. They price $13 to $23 for the crimson nozzle. Dramm additionally makes a big assortment of wands from 15 inches to 60 inches. A number of have a built-in shut off within the hand grip.

Melnor And Orbit

For the previous a number of seasons we have now been utilizing two nice watering wands with eight adjustable water flows from tremendous to sturdy made by Melnor. The producer, Melnor, affords an intensive assortment of 80 gardening watering nozzles (adjustable, mounted and pulsating), 21 gardening watering wands with nozzles (lengthy/quick handles, multi sample, bathe, and rotating adjustable heads). That’s fairly an assortment I by no means heard of earlier than, and considerably complicated.

Every wand deal with has an adjustable shut off and be regulated on the energy of water move. Diane found these bought within the backyard division of Lowe’s and even prefers them over the Masakuni nozzles. The Melnor RelaxGrip Watering Wand has a 33” wand. These have been fairly helpful with a high-water output but won’t usually blow out the soil in nursery pots and bonsai containers. We’ve been utilizing them for a number of seasons now. A watering wand is essential so water could be simply utilized behind the trunk of a bonsai and reaches troublesome small areas, particularly when pots are on the bottom. 

We’ve additionally been utilizing the 36-inch Orbit Max Multi-Sample Wand. Each have labored effectively. The nozzles are equivalent, Melnor is yellow, and the Orbit is Blue. Nonetheless, trying rigorously when watering the water doesn’t move from the middle of the nozzles. There isn’t any rose. Each include a built-in water move regulator and shut off constructed within the wand deal with. The essential distinction is that the blue Orbit has an adjustable watering head which could be simply rotated to succeed in tight areas, or bonsai on excessive posts or hanging baskets.

Final season we forgot to guard the watering wands throughout the freezing winter and most break up the steel wands and wanted to get replaced. We normally use 9 watering wans in my backyard. A couple of days in the past, we went to Loew’s to select up new watering wands. After choosing the Melnor and Orbit watering wands I used to be trying round and located a brand new mannequin which appears to be the very best. 

Melnor RelaxGrip Extremely-Nice Bathe Head 15” Watering Wand 

This appears to be the very best watering wand for bonsai due to the tremendous even spray. The rose boasts 1004 holes and distributes water within the middle of the move. The Orbit and Melnor don’t as a result of they’ve nozzles not a rose. I’ve been capable of rigorously water bonsai with a tremendous spray three ft away with out disturbing the soil. This summer season my crew and I can be utilizing the brand new mannequin for watering the bonsai and nursery inventory.

Out there at Lowe’s:

Melnor RelaxGrip Watering Wand, (33” Yellow head) $15

Orbit Max Muti-Sample Water Wand, (36” with rotating head, blue) $21

Melnor RelaxGrip Extremely-fine Bathe Head Watering Wand, (15 inches) $13

These are my present private opinions and I’ve no connection or loyalty to Lowe’s however do have a 50 plus yr relationship with Masakuni. I hope this assessment does confuse you in selecting the right watering nozzle to your use as you lovingly water and care to your bonsai. By the best way, I’ve found that every bonsai is examined when rigorously watering. However, not when in a rush to water, particularly when rain is quick approaching.

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