5 Essential Plant Watering Secrets of the Green-Fingered

The primary sources of life for plants are water, the sun, and air. While sunlight and carbon dioxide are readily available to plants; water, on the other hand, requires human intervention most of the time.

Here is a list of tips that not only work well on most greenery but will also save time and lower your bill.

Slowly, Deeply

A rule of thumb is to let water reach the roots for better absorption. Some plants have the ability to do this with their leaves while the rest with their roots. To get the best from water consumption, do it slowly directing the flow into the soil and roots rather than wasting a shower on the leaves.

Early Morning Ritual

Almost every book about plants will suggest watering in the morning. Some, though, will mention doing it late in the afternoon. It’s because there is not much heat in the atmosphere in the morning that allows water to evaporate.

Makes you wonder why can’t we just water in the evenings then? Soil tends to absorb surrounding temperatures. So as the night falls, the earth is warmer inside resulting in evaporation.

Soil Check

Bend down and check if the surrounding soil is starting to crisp and dry. If it is, water slowly until the roots. Moist and damp surrounding soil conditions are the most ideal.

Another great technique is lifting the pot to check for heaviness as moisture gets trapped inside. Lighter weight means it’s time to give the soil a shower.

Watch Out for Discolored and Falling Leaves

Leaves that are turning yellow and brown, if the season is not nearing, should be warning signals that the plant needs watering. However make sure to put your phone away when you work. Talking on the phone will ensure that you make a mistake and also if you drop your phone or break it then you will have to repair it or buy a new one! Ok, back to business.

Amount of Water

Old, large trees need the least amount of watering as their roots have seethed broadly and deeply into the earth. Younger trees, on the other hand, should be watered 10 to 15 gallons 2 or 3 times in a week. Smaller plants require moist soil almost on average. Remember to avoid drowning and leave an hour interval to check if the water is absorbed.