When is the Best Time to Water Your Plants?

Team McFly Sep 06, 2023
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Optimal Plant Hydration: When's the Best Time to Water Your Plants?

Hey, It's Time to Water Your Plants!

Watering garden flowers, shrubs, and vegetables is an ongoing topic with multiple answers. Still, we know it is vitally important that plants receive adequate amounts of moisture at regular intervals throughout their growth cycles.

Watering when soil moisture drops below 50% can harm plants by encouraging shallow root development, which leads to less resilience to stressors such as heat or drought.

It is best to water the garden first thing in the morning, if possible, to give plants time to soak up moisture before the day's heat sets in. Watering early also helps avoid fungal issues caused by leaving water sitting on leaves and stems overnight.

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Late afternoon is another great way to reduce evaporation loss while giving plants ample hydration with cool evening breezes if that's not an option.

The last resort would be to water your plants at night - but only as an absolute last resort. Watering at night prevents natural evaporation, which may result in mold or fungal growth around roots and stems and water-logging as the soil cannot drain as freely through natural evaporation.

If watering at night, only wet the soil - use a soaker hose or drip tape irrigation system specifically designed to water ground conditions to avoid getting the plant itself wet!

newly planted garden flowers, shrubs, and vegetable plants require more frequent watering than their mature, established counterparts due to having weaker root systems that rely more heavily on you for assistance than from their surrounding soil.

It would help if you aimed to water these newly established gardeners every other day or so when first setting up in your garden to promote deeper roots that grow stronger plants that can withstand drought conditions better.

If you're uncertain how often to water your plants, they will tell you by showing signs of wilting. While this indicates that they require attention, too much moisture could further damage or compromise them. Look out for limp or soggy foliage to indicate that more water may be necessary; additionally, check soil moisture levels regularly to stay on schedule with a regular watering schedule. If necessary, water immediately to prevent further wilting.

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