A drip tape is a polythene made tube that has emitters on it, the emitters on the drip tape are used for the irrigation of plants.
The emitters on the drip tape are spaced at a predetermined distance or interval. A drip tape may have emitters spaced at 10cm, 20cm, 30cm and 50cm etc.
The drip tape is laid along the rows of plants.
A spray tube is a polythene made hose used for the sprinkling of water to plants. This type of irrigation system works like sprinklers.
The spray tubes have spraying holes pre-perforated on it. The holes enable the spray tube to spray water to crops.
Sumisansui hose is a type of spray tube used for irrigating crops like oil palm, rubber and cocoa etc.
Differences between a drip tape and a spray tube
The following are the differences between a drip tape and a spray tube:
The drip tape emits water to the root zone of plants while the spray tube sprays water to the surfaces of the plants like the leaves and stems.
The drip tape has a smaller diameter than the spray tube. The drip tape usually comes in a diameter of 12mm and 16mm while the spray tube usually have a diameter of 26mm, 32mm and 40mm.
The drip tape uses lesser water pressure and water flow than the spray tube. The spray tube needs a high water pressure and water flow for it to spray water effectively to plants.
The drip tape can work with a gravity irrigation system. The spray tube is not usually used with a gravity irrigation system because it needs a higher level of water pressure and water flow.
The similarities between drip tapes and spray tubes
The following are the similarities between drip tapes and spray tube:
The drip tape and spray tube are both irrigation equipment and materials.
The drip tape and spray tube can be used for Fertigation and Chemigation. Fertigation is the application of soluble fertilizer through the irrigation system. Chemigation is the application of chemicals like pesticides through the irrigation system.
The drip tapes and spray tubes are made of polythene film material.
The drip tapes and spray tubes are both used for irrigation purposes. They also use a uniform volume of water for irrigation.
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