Watering your plants has always been a taboo for novice growers, in fact most growers have a hard time understanding how and when to water the plants. Luckily, the Eureka Grow Shop team of professionals is always within reach for anyone, and in this article they will explain in a simple and practical way how to learn everything about ‘watering plants, in particular the numerous techniques and tips on how to water a seedling.
How to know when to Water the Plants?
It is our responsibility to know when our dear plants need good watering and when they want to spend a few days without water. It is important to observe the plants and the silent signals they emit every day. In fact, knowing when to water the plants is enough not to underestimate, for example, the fall of the tips and flowers, the changes in the color of the leaves, the wrinkled leaves, etc. In short, all the small signals that plants send for help. You can control the situation by simply sticking your fingers into the ground. Evaluating the humidity level of the substrate, not only on the surface but also at a depth of a few centimeters, is another very effective way to start understanding when to water the plants and evaluate how to intervene.
Techniques for Watering Plants
The way you water is as important as the quantity and the frequency of watering. Many times the secret of success lies in the management of this important detail, which in some occasions is underestimated. Plants can be watered with different techniques, such as:
- From above: Use a narrow-necked watering can to pour water directly onto the substrate, making sure no water falls on the leaves. This method allows you to control the right quantity of water and avoid dangerous stagnation.
- From below: fill the saucer with water so that it is absorbed by the soil through the drainage holes. When the substrate is wet, remove any residual water;
- Soak: Immerse the clods in a container of water for a few minutes, then drain. Ideal for small potted plants; it is also an emergency remedy to restore plants that are drying out.
How often should you Water your Garden Plants?
Plants grown outdoors should be watered during the summer or in any other prolonged drought. In this case a general rule can be defined: irrigate often and do not overdo the amount of water. A controlled and regular irrigation will allow the roots to develop in width and depth, avoiding dangerous water stress. morning watering is the best way to protect the health of your plants during the hot summer months. If it is not possible to do watering early in the morning, then there is nothing wrong with doing it at sunset. In winter, watering can be limited unless you are going through a very long dry period. In this particular case, this time during the hottest part of the day, watering lightly is just what the plant needs.
When to Water Potted Plants?
Any plant species, whether grown in pots (large or small), requires more attention to avoid problems during its life cycle. The need is greater than when the same species is grown outdoors where possible. Here are some general rules for protecting the health of potted plants:
- The choice of pot material can make the difference. For example, terracotta ensures that the substrate absorbs moisture faster because it retains less water. The plastic, on the other hand, is able to maintain higher humidity levels for longer periods of time. Therefore, if the plant is grown in a plastic pot, it is better not to water too much; when growing in a clay pot, the dosage can be slightly increased.
- It is also important to consider the pot size: for plants grown in large containers, it is better to water them regularly and generously, but over time (without daily interventions). Plants grown in small pots require frequent interventions, even daily in warm seasons, as the water evaporates faster and a small amount of soil dries up quickly.
- The saucer can facilitate the irrigation operation. For the most vulnerable species or which need moderate humidity but fear stagnation, irrigation from below can be envisaged, the filling of the saucer. The water will gradually rise, through the holes in the bottom of the pot, and into the upper layers of the substrate.