Basic Drip Irrigation Kit for Hanging Baskets

Congratulations on the purchase of a Basic Drip Irrigation Hanging Basket Kit from Drip Depot!

Please take a few minutes to read through these instructions and familiarize yourself with all the parts. For assistance with part names and details, you can print the list of parts included in your kit from the Kit Item page on our website.

Drip Depot Irrigation Kits are modular in design, as no two gardens are completely alike. Should you have any question while installing your new kit please feel free to email our Customer Support team or review some of the many resources in our Education Center, found under the “Learn” tab in the menu bar on our website.

Our Drip Depot Irrigation Kits for Hanging Baskets utilizes ½” (.600” ID x .700” OD) poly tubing as the main supply line. This allows the mainline to be run vertically from the water source and then over the top of the hanging baskets. The dripper will be attached to a rigid riser which hangs directly from the overhead mainline. The kit also includes Tubing Nail Clamps to secure the vertical and overhead tubing runs to wooden structures. Additional tools required for kit installation are a hammer and something to cut the tubing, such as scissors, a box cutter or similar cutting tool.

You may want to watch our Hanging Basket Kit Installation video to get a thorough understanding of how we designed these kits,

Installing your Head Assembly

Drip Depot Kits come standard with garden hose thread components for easy connection to your outdoor spigot or garden hose. Hand tighten only, no teflon tape or pipe dope is required with hose threaded connections.

Install the Backflow Preventer also known as a Hose Thread Vacuum Breaker, included in your kit, to the outdoor spigot. Ensure this item has the rubber washer seated completely down inside the female threaded connection prior to installation.

Next, install the Tee Filter, included in your kit, to the vacuum breaker or backflow prevention device. Please ensure the rubber washer is seated completely down inside the female threaded connection prior to installation. The tee design creates a 90 degree turn in the head assembly.

The Pressure Regulator is installed after the filter. Again, ensure the rubber washer is seated completely down inside the female threaded connection prior to installation. Please note the directional flow arrow on most pressure regulators and filters for proper installation.

Lastly, the Female Hose Thread Tubing Adapter Elbow is installed on the outflow side of the pressure regulator. The elbow adapter allows another 90 degree turn in the head assembly creating the vertical transition of the tubing run. Most tubing adapters have a female swivel end for ease of installation.

*Please note: If using a hose-end water timer to automate your drip system the Head Assembly must be installed after/downstream of the timer or valve. Drip irrigation products are not rated for constant pressure use. Many municipal codes require the use of anti vandalism protection (set screw) on an outdoor water spigot backflow preventer. The J10 locking screw may qualify when properly installed directly on the outdoor hose bibb. If used on an automatic water timer for your irrigation system we recommend not tightening the screw as the plastic threads can be permanently damaged if backflow device is removed.

Installing the Mainline Tubing

a. Connect the tubing to the head assembly making the vertical run and cut to proper length. Secure, to the house or structure the hanging baskets are hung from, with the tubing nail clamps.

b. Connect one Perma-Loc Tubing Elbow to the vertical section of tubing to make the 90° turn to run the overhead horizontal run of mainline.

c. Connect another section of tubing to this elbow and run it over the top of the hanging basket securing it in place with the tubing nail clamps as before.

d. We recommend flushing the mainline before installing end caps and emitters. Allow water to run through mainline tubing to clear any debris that may be inside the tubing.

e. Install a Perma-Loc Tubing End Cap to close the end of the mainline tubing.

Installing Hanging Basket Drip Emitter Assemblies

Using the ¼” Punch Tool, included in the kit, punch a hole in the mainline tubing over the hanging basket.

Next, insert the barbed end of the Rigid Riser into the hole punched in the mainline tubing.

If necessary, cut the riser to the desired length with a pair of household scissors or poly cutting tool, then screw the Adjustable Stream Dripper into the open end of the rigid riser.

Once all riser/emitter assemblies are installed you can test the system and adjust the drippers by simply twisting the cap to get the desired coverage. Note: Adjustable drippers can use lots of water and should be monitored for the first few times to assure proper coverage. Also hanging baskets, like other container plants, may require shorter watering durations more frequently throughout the day than in-ground plants.


1. Placing your roll of poly tubing in the sun before installation allows the tubing to warm up and become more flexible, which makes installation easier. Also, larger rolls can be stood on edge and unrolled from the outside of the coil. It is best to anchor the end of the tubing by staking or placing a heavy object on it then unroll. Another option is lay the coil on the ground and starting with the inside end, slowly pull and twist to unroll without kinking. See our Professional Tips for more helpful suggestions.

2. Remember the 200/200 Rule for ½” poly tubing: maximum 200’ run lengths and 200 GPH (gallons per hour) total flow. See the Tubing Buying Guide for details of tubing capacity.

3. If you live in an area where the temperatures drop down to below 37 degrees Fahrenheit you must winterize your system. See our Winterizing Instructions.

4. For sample design layouts, click here.