Garden Tips

Watering plants properly - a few tips


Watering plants sounds very easy for the layperson. What should go wrong? A lot! Heed our 7 tips for correct casting.

Do not water during hot midday! -

Water, like plants, is vital for plants. You are able to do without a certain amount of time, but not for long. That is why it is important to provide plants with water regularly. Now you might think, then I'll just take a watering can, turn on the tap and give the plants a good portion of the cool water. It's not that simple unless you want to harm your beloved plants. Whether in the garden or on the windowsill, when watering plants, you can make a few mistakes that hopefully will not happen to you with the following tips.

Tip 1: Please no ice cold shower!

Pay attention to the water temperature before watering. Watering your plants with water that is too cold will only stress them unnecessarily. In the worst case, growth is inhibited.

Ideally, the temperature of the irrigation water should match the outside temperature. Rainwater that you have collected in the rain barrel fulfills this criterion and should be preferred to ice-cold tap or well water. The latter can be used if you collect it in a container beforehand and wait until it has warmed up.

Tip 2: Do not pour in the blazing midday sun!

Better water in the morning - The best time to water your plants is in the early morning between 3 and 5 a.m. So the still cool floor can completely absorb the water. Watering during the hot midday sun would lead to partial evaporation of the water. In addition, drops of water on the foliage can act like a magnifying glass through the sun and lead to burns.

Tip: You can also water your plants in the evening when the sun is no longer so strong. Please note, however, that the still warm floor allows part of the water to evaporate.

Tip 3: Caution with potted plants!

In contrast to bedding plants, they have to be watered more often in pots. This is due to the fact that they have less earth to store the water. However, there is also a risk of waterlogging if you water too much. It is best to test how wet or dry the soil is before each watering.

Tip: The finger test gives no indication of how much water is still available to the root system. It is better to take the entire plant out of the pot and test the water content directly at the root ball.

Tip 4: It is better to water a lot less!

Do you also belong to the people who water the plants every evening? You are not doing your plants a favor! Because if you only moisten the floor, the water evaporates very quickly and can penetrate deep into the floor. The result: The plants only form their roots close to the surface of the earth and dry up faster if you forget to water.

It is therefore better if you water your plants every second or third day with plenty of water. By doing this, you provide them with evasive water and they form their roots deeper underground.

Tip 5: Avoid watering from above!

Watering directly at the root ball - watering your plants from above has several disadvantages. On the one hand, water drops form, which can lead to burns in direct sunlight or can also promote fungal attack. On the other hand, the water is less able to reach the roots through the foliage, through which the plant absorbs it. Therefore, always water directly at the root ball.

Tip 6: Prefer a soft jet!

In addition to water temperature and water volume, the water jet also plays an enormous role. A spray would scatter the water too much and consequently lead to less water reaching the roots. A concentrated jet directly on the root ball promises more success. However, make sure that you only use a soft water jet.

A water jet that is too hard would erode the soil around the plant and expose the sensitive root ball. It can also happen that your plants are injured by the hard water jet.

Tip 7: loosen soil after watering!

A loose soil can hold the water better and saves you one or the other watering. Therefore, grab the hoe after each watering and loosen the soil a little. By the way, you can also remove annoying weeds.

Summary

Proper casting is not a science. We have briefly summarized the individual information for you again: