The secret to watering plants

The secret to watering plants

It's all too easy to get it wrong when it comes to watering your plants so here’s what you need to know...


Did you know you could actually drown your plants simply by overwatering? Many gardening books suggest we should give our plants one centimetre of water per week. The problem with this rule of thumb is that it doesn’t take into account different climates or rainy days. So how should you make sure you’re looking after your plants but not killing them with kindness?

  • To water your plants correctly, you should first consider what type of plant it is. If it comes from a tropical rainforest, it’s highly likely that it will need lots of water. However, if it’s a desert plant, it can survive without water for a few weeks.
  • You should also consider the type of soil you have in your garden. Sandy soils will need more water than other types.
  • Generally speaking, try to water as little as possible, but when you do, be as generous as you can without flooding the roots!
  • Finally, bear in mind that watering your plants in the heat of midday isn’t ideal, because the water will evaporate too quickly and their roots will start growing towards the surface in search of water. The best time to water is in the morning, so that plants can absorb it and have enough energy to cope with all kinds of weather.
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Savvy tip - Use your water butt
Water butts aren’t just a way to feel eco-friendly, many of your garden plants will prefer to be watered with rainwater they are used to instead of house tap water.

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TechLady

TechLady

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I am a culprit of overwatering after reading this article. I also use water out of my water butt which is handy but a tip is don't use it to wash your patio as it could go green as mine did. Must be algae build up?

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Lisa82

Lisa82

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I have a rose bush and l water it with my left over washing up water (if not too dirty), this also stops the avids from destroying it.

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peej42

peej42

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Remember over watering is just as bad as under, I would feel the soil about an inch (2.4cms) below the surface and if it feels dry then water. One exception is Tomatoes which must be kepy moist during the day to prevent blossom end rot which is a common problem in grow bags.

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