How Should You Water Your Plants
Watering your plants isn’t as simple as one may think. It goes a long way beyond simply dousing your plants with water every day until they appear to be soaked. Carefully observing how much you’re watering them, and how often you’re watering them is essential to their health and longevity. There are plenty of techniques available to assist you in your task of watering your plants. In this article we’ll be talking about a few little known details about watering plants. Once you’ve watched the video given above, or simply read the article, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge necessary to properly water your plants in order to nurture them.
How often should you water your plants?
The answer to this question actually depends on which plant you’re about to water. Some plants require a lot of water in order to remain healthy, whereas other plants may diminish in terms of health if watered too much. Generally, plants with deep roots, like carrots, can stay for long without being watered because they have long roots and can thus draw moisture from deep beneath the ground. On the other hand, salad leaves find it difficult to remain healthy for long periods of time without water due to their short roots.
As a rule of thumb, though, you should water your plants as sparsely as you can. The reason behind this is that the plants’ roots adapt to how you water them. If you water them often, their roots stay close to the surface in order to absorb the moisture. This is bad for them in the long run. You want to water them less frequently but in large quantities so that they grow their roots deep into the ground. Once their roots are large enough, they’ll be able to draw upon the natural moisture found in the soil, and the plants will become less dependent on you.
It’s a good idea to dig a little into the earth to check for moisture. Often, it will seem like the ground is dry, but you’ll find that it’s moist once you’ve spaded it and had a look.
Lastly, try and avoid watering your plants before the afternoon, as the midday head will evaporate all the moisture. The most optimal time for watering your plants is after the evening.
Techniques for watering plants
The main technique you’ll be using most of the time is simply using a watering can to add water into the soil. One thing worth mentioning when you’re doing this is that you should avoid putting too much water on the plants’ leaves, as it makes them prone to diseases. Just add the water directly to the soil, and as close to the stem as possible so that the roots receive as much as they can.
Another good way to water our plants is to fill water in a bottle with holes poked in its lid and bury it half way in the earth face down next to your plant. This helps moisturize the soil close to the roots for long periods of time.