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Does anyone here have a Haws watering can? I have about 20 bonsai in my collection and therefore hand water all of my trees. In years past I have used two plastic Haws 1 gal watering cans for watering the trees. I liked them so much that I went ahead and bought a 2 gal. metal can this winter. When I got the can in the mail this week I noticed that the paint job is very bad (sorry to say this) and was wondering if this is the way they are or did I just get lucky?
 

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Hi DaveV,
I've been using Haws can for almost 3 years. It's excellent source for watering bonsai and seedlings, however, I agree with you that its paint job is not good. Mine started falling off paint piece by piece inside the can after few months in use, the outer part is better (just few tiny pieces). However, I recognized those areas which contacted with water got the problem. I think because the pressure of the water when I filled up the can caused the problem. So, if I had to buy another one, I would pick the one without the paint. Bonhe
 

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Maybe the quality is in the construction and durability and not the paint job. I have to admit that I bought it from outside USA and the company had Haws in England paint a limited number in this leaf green color.
 

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i have the copper version for 4 years now and it feels like its going to last forever. very nice quality

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I use the plastic Haws for fertilizing (1 gal) so I never ran it to that problem. I had a 1/2 gal previously for the task, too much work. For hand watering I use a watering wand.

A word of caution do not leave your plastic Haws outside exposed to the sun. UV and pastics do not mix.
 

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I have one high-class copper Japanese watering can and a nice galvanized English Haws can with bronze rose- I've used the Japanese thing probably twice--I use the English thing to fertilize trees. I would NOT use a painted can for the reasons you're discovering.

Hose watering wands are the way to go if you have more than a dozen or so trees They are the workhorses of bonsai for me. A good one costs a lot less than a watering can.

I can't really recommend buying a watering can at all--all that walking back and forth to fill the darn thing takes too long--and wastes water. Sure, they're "Zen" and all that:rolleyes:, but the cans are overrated and mostly unnecessary--unless you like spending ALOT of time watering your trees every day
 

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Whoever came up with the Haws design, he or she sure did it right! :)

I've got a Japanese-made Haws-style plastic watering can that works well and was very reasonably priced. I got mine from joebonsai.com, but I'm sure other suppliers sell it too.

My only beef is that my 4.5-liter one got thrown out by mistake by a well-meaning friend, leaving me with just the 3-liter can. One of these days I'll replace the bigger one, probably before the increased watering chores of spring.
 

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Hose watering wands are the way to go if you have more than a dozen or so trees They are the workhorses of bonsai for me. A good one costs a lot less than a watering can.

I use the one by Masakuni and really love it. Really fine watering spray and it's held up well the last two years.

I can't really recommend buying a watering can at all--all that walking back and forth to fill the darn thing takes too long--and wastes water. Sure, they're "Zen" and all that:rolleyes:, but the cans are overrated and mostly unnecessary--unless you like spending ALOT of time watering your trees every day

I use a watering can when I fertilize with inorganics. Is there an easier way?
 

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"I use a watering can when I fertilize with inorganics. Is there an easier way?"

Nope :D That's why I bought my English galvanized can.

You can always go the wheelbarrow route--fill a large wheebarrow with the proper mix of Miracle Gro and submerge pots in it, but that can transfer alot of bad things between trees...
 

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To those interested, I did send these photos to the Haws company asking them if this was normal. I did get a quick reply which said that the can a dipped in molten metal (part of the galvanization process) in order to galvanize the can and the blemishes are due to the extra galvanized metal on the can. They can file this off in the factory but this is very difficult and hard to standardize. Some of them can look like this.
 

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yup try this

Thanks Ian. I was wondering if something like that would work. I'll have to give it a try. It's a pain to run back and forth with a watering can :)
 

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I have one high-class copper Japanese watering can and a nice galvanized English Haws can with bronze rose- I've used the Japanese thing probably twice--I use the English thing to fertilize trees. I would NOT use a painted can for the reasons you're discovering.

Hose watering wands are the way to go if you have more than a dozen or so trees They are the workhorses of bonsai for me. A good one costs a lot less than a watering can.

I can't really recommend buying a watering can at all--all that walking back and forth to fill the darn thing takes too long--and wastes water. Sure, they're "Zen" and all that:rolleyes:, but the cans are overrated and mostly unnecessary--unless you like spending ALOT of time watering your trees every day
I agree. Few days ago, I got Masakuni watering wand. It works as good as the watering can but much less time consuming :) It used to take about 1 hour to finish watering my bonsai. Nowadays, it takes about 15 minutes! However, I made some modification. Because it is too short and no adjustable water flow valve, at first I connected the adjustable noozle to the hose, then connect the long watering wand without the head (bought them in Walmart) and finally connect the Masakuni wand with its face is up. Now I can easily water my bonsai without fear of chronic LBP (low back pain) :) with quality of watering can. It's great. Thanks for Masakuni information guys. Bonhe
 

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Bonhe,

Ya know, that's an excellent idea. I've got the Masakuni wand and the wand I bought at WalMart. The Walmart thing doesn't work very well watering bonsai. The Masakuni wand is a little awkward to use...:D

Thanks.
 

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I use the plastic Haws for fertilizing (1 gal) so I never ran it to that problem. I had a 1/2 gal previously for the task, too much work. For hand watering I use a watering wand.

A word of caution do not leave your plastic Haws outside exposed to the sun. UV and pastics do not mix.

I bought a 1 litre plastic Haws a month ago and already the brass rose is so corroded with green stuff the water flow has slowed right down. I have given up on it.

I've switched to a watering wand with 5 or 6 settings and use the shower and mist settings. The wand also has a switch to control the water pressure. Best dollars I've spent so far (except for my beautiful trees ;) ).

I only use a watering can (a Japanese 4.5L bonsai-style one) for fertilising now.
 

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Bonhe,

Ya know, that's an excellent idea. I've got the Masakuni wand and the wand I bought at WalMart. The Walmart thing doesn't work very well watering bonsai. The Masakuni wand is a little awkward to use...:D

Thanks.

Brilliant. I will be copying this idea.
Thanks for support my idea :). I think it has other advantages because angles of Masakuni and long watering wand are not in the same surface, so it helps watering the posterior aspect of the tree much easier (you can water this part from the sides while you're still standing in front of the tree); another thing, when you're watering one area, the head of the Masakuni wand doesn't impede your view (unlike watering can). Bonhe
 

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Thanks for support my idea :). I think it has other advantages because angles of Masakuni and long watering wand are not in the same surface, so it helps watering the posterior aspect of the tree much easier (you can water this part from the sides while you're still standing in front of the tree); another thing, when you're watering one area, the head of the Masakuni wand doesn't impede your view (unlike watering can). Bonhe

I bought a Dramm wand along with a good water breaker at A.M Leonard and I love it, but my favorite component is the Dramm Touch n Flow shutoff
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