Pitcher irrigation

Definition / description

Pitcher irrigation consists, in its simplest form, of unglazed baked earthen pitchers which are buried to their neck in the soil and filled with water. The water gradually seeps out through the porous walls into the root zone under hydrostatic pressure and/or suction, to maintain plant growth around the pitchers.

Source: [Stein, 1990]

Further reading: [Murata et al., 1995]


Publications / information


  • Murata, M., Batchelor, C.H., Lovell, C.J., Brown, M., Semple, A.J., Mazhangara, E., Haria, A., McGrath, S.P. and Williams,R.J., 1995: Development of Samll-Scale Irrigation using Groundwater Resources.- Fourth Interim Report. Institute of Hydrology Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8BB, United Kingdom. Lowveld Research Station, P.O.Box 97, Chiredzi, Zimbabwe.