Generally speaking, most gardens should be watered at least once a week during the growing season. However, if you live in an area with high temperatures and low rainfall, your garden may need to be watered more frequently. Additionally, if you have plants that require more water, such as vegetables and fruits, they may need to be watered more often.
The frequency of watering your garden depends on a variety of factors:
- Type of plants you have
- Climate in which you live
- Amount of rainfall your area receives.
Things to keep in mind while watering your plants:
- When watering your garden, it is important to make sure that the soil is moist but not soggy. Over-watering can lead to root rot and other problems for your plants. To determine if your garden needs to be watered, stick your finger into the soil and if it feels dry, then it is time to water.
- It is also important to water your garden at the right time of day. Early morning is usually the best time to water, as it gives the plants a chance to absorb the moisture before the heat of the day sets in. Additionally, watering in the evening can lead to fungal diseases and other problems for your plants.
- Finally, when watering your garden, it is important to use a gentle stream of water as opposed to a hard spray. This will help ensure that the water is absorbed into the soil and not just run off.
Here are the things to be taken care of while watering a plant.
1. Right Time to Watering
Don't water the plants when the soil is still moist. Wait for the soil to dry, and then provide water. Also, it is not advisable to water plants during a sunny period like afternoons.
2. Know the plant's requirements
Not all types of plants have the same watering requirements. Some plants like philodendrons require frequent watering, whereas others like succulents and cacti need less water. Knowing about the plant will help in growing them well.
3. Climate Conditions
Many plants grow vigorously during summer, but not so much in winter. In monsoon season, do not water frequently.
4. Best Water for Plants
Normal water is used to water the plants. The aquarium water is great as it contains many nutrients.
5. Correct watering of method
Never pour water directly onto plant foliage. Instead. Water slowly to the soil till the water drains out.
6. The right Container is the key
When choosing a pot for your plant, choose one that has enough room for the root ball but is not too big or too small. Choose containers that have sufficient drainage holes.
Signs that you are watering your plants wrong
- If your plants look soft and wilted, they may be suffering from too much water.
- Brown leaves are a sign of either underwatering or overwatering problems.
- You should always check the soil by poking your finger into it. If it feels too dry or too wet, you need to adjust the water levels accordingly.
Dr. Vandana K.