Watering 101

Water is a vital attribute to making your plants grow! Every plant requires a different amount of water to prosper, and each phase of growing (seed, sprout, plant) requires different watering conditions. As a result, it’s easy to get confused how much or how little to water your plants. Unfortunately overwatering is one of the most common causes of the death of plants, primarily due to “root rot” and lack of oxygen. When roots are growing in waterlogged soil, the roots may die because they cannot absorb the right amount of oxygen to function properly. This is in part reason to make sure if you’re growing in containers, you have adequate drainage. Plants obtain energy from the sun while their roots obtain nutrients and water from the soil. Damage from over watering tends to be misdiagnosed as pest damage. We are here to help you with all of your watering questions!

There are many aspects that contribute to how much water a plant needs. For example, the plant itself, the weather conditions, the type of soil, and the amount of soil. You always want your soil to be evenly moist, especially in the early phases of seeds and seedlings. The more soil there is, the more water is needed to maintain moisture throughout. When you're watering your plants, you want to water slowly and not all at once to prevent overwatering. Plants with larger leaves require a lot of water to remain healthy. Remember that it's the roots that need hydration, not the physical leaves. Watering the leaves may cause a fungus to begin growing on the leaves. Once a plant dries out, it can't go long without water.

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The best times to water your plants are early in the morning and in the evening. Avoid watering during the day so the sun can't evaporate the water before it has time to be absorbed. When in doubt, always remember to water deeply to encourage the roots to grow downward towards the moisture, thereby strengthening the plant. Another tip is doing the finger test: stick your finger into the soil (about an inch down). If the soil clings to your finger, don’t water as it’s still moist. If the soil falls off your finger, the soil is dry and needs watering.

Water is a key ingredient for your plants to survive! Don't water too much or too little. You can always check your plants’ specifications for watering needs. Keep a close eye out for your plants so they keep growing. Happy watering!