Learning how to water plants is one of the first concerns for most people who start taking care of their garden or garden.
Each plant needs a quantity of water different from the others and it can vary according to the season in which we find ourselves. It also affects the moisture retention capacity of the soil or soil, as well as the size of the pot or planter.
We hope that these tips will help you and that the moment of the watering can become a relaxing activity.
How to water the plants
Until we get used to the water retention capacity of our soil, the best thing is to start watering with a classic watering can.
Alternatively, we can use an irrigation hose equipped with an adjustable irrigation gun.
Water a little at a time:
First, a plant, move on to the next and finally start from the first. In this way, the water will filter into the earth, hydrating it in the best way.
In the pots:
We will stop watering when we see water coming out of the drainage hole, while if it is on the ground we will have to adjust with the quantity that we think is necessary for the moment of the year in which we find ourselves.
10 watering tips:
- All the water that comes out of the drainage holes is excess water that carries with it part of nutrients. Finding the right amount of water that each plant needs will help us avoid this loss and will, therefore, save water and fertilizers.
- We water the earth, not the plant. As a rule, we must avoid watering the leaves in order not to (inadvertently) facilitate the formation of fungi.
- For the same reason, we will not have to water directly on the main trunk, but a few centimeters away, on the soil.
- Do not water from an excessive height, the force of the impact of the water can move the newly transplanted plants that have not yet taken root.
- A newly transplanted plant will not need the same amount of water as an adult plant. It will be necessary to increase the quantity proportionally to its growth, as well as according to the weather and climate.
- Do not let the soil dry out completely before watering again.
- Check the appearance of the top layer and check its moisture before proceeding. The appearance of the topsoil layer can be deceiving, it usually dries quickly from heat or sun exposure.
- Remember that the type of soil used and its water retention capacity, the type of pot and the season in which we find ourselves can also affect the degree of humidity.
- When the soil is dry, it tends to separate from the sides of the pot, this can deceive us as water always looks for the fastest path to go down, and seeing it come out we can think we have watered enough, when it may not be true.
- The best advice on irrigation is to learn how to observe plants, the appearance of their leaves will be crucial in knowing if they need to receive more water. Rather than exaggerating, it is better to be cautious and to water a little. If they need more water, the leaves will make it clear to you.
Rainwater is perfect for watering and it’s free! If you have space, we recommend that you have some tanks to recover water for your vegetable garden or garden.
What is the best time of day to water?
From experience, I could say that is what allows you to do it without haste. It is usually a moment of relaxation, to check the status of the plants, discover the first flowers or fruits and check the status of your garden.
In winter it is advisable to water in the morning when temperatures start to rise during the day. If we have problems with schedules, it is better to evaluate according to the possibility of night frosts in the area.
In the summer, we should water twice a day: early in the morning and at sunset; if we can only once, preferably at sunset. During the day, the leaves transpire and, due to the action of the sun, they lose water.
We hope these irrigation tips will be useful to you.