Watering: Communication tips

Training new employees how to water is very difficult - greenhouse staff and owners concur. Many growers have told me that watering is their #1 training need.

by Rosa Emilia Raudales - rosa@uconn.edu

Why is it so difficult to learn or teach how to water properly?
Many argue that there is art in this practice, and that art is unteachable. Teaching someone how to paint like Leonardo da Vinci is impossible. Yet, anyone can learn the basic skills of drawing and painting.

Watering is not an easy task. Individuals need to consider multiple factors before deciding whether to irrigate or not. Hence, teaching it is not simple either. I argue that when training new employees we need to communicate better and more. We need to emphasize the whys and the hows.

In this e-Gro, I share with you five communication tips to train your staff on watering. These tips are based on a recollection of pointers that I’ve gathered from growers.

Read the full e-Gro Alert here.

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