Are you watering your plants the correct way?
Plants require a lot care and the best way to make sure your plant stays healthy for longer time is by making sure that you are watering your green buddies correctly. Watering plants is not just about pouring water on a plant, it takes time and experience to understand how plants use water and the many other variables that come into play. That includes the plant type, requirements, size, soil, weather, time of the day, sun exposure, also time of the year plays big role. All in all, watering plants requires constantly changing the watering measure and paying attention on your plant needs. Here are some guidelines to assist you in watering your plants effectively for the desired growth.
- Water the roots not leaves:
While watering make sure you pour the water near roots, rather than its leaves as it may clean the leaves but the water does not reach the roots, where the watering is most needed. Pay attention on the water at the soil level and keep applying it until the plant entire root is thoroughly soaked. Do know that the roots are probably just as wide as the plant and may be a foot or two deep.
- Maintain Soil moisture:
Moisture is one of the most important requirements when it comes to caring for the plants. Make sure soil is not too moist while watering the plants and letting the soil get a little bit dry before watering promotes the growth of plant roots.
- Water the plants in early Morning or Evening:
During this time the temperature is comparatively cooler and preferred to water your plants. These timings help the roots absorb water more easily because soil is cool at that time. It also helps plants before the heat of the following day to replenish themselves with water. Morning is the best time post that evening is second best.
- Water plants evenly:
Make sure to water the whole plant evenly so it can sustain balance all around the plant and well-develop root system. Constantly watering at just one side results in one-sided root growth, that will affect the soil ability to absorb nutrients.
- Do not over water plants:
Plants need oxygen as much as they need water. For most plants, it is best to let the soil surface dry out a bit between waterings. This is especially important with container plants. It also considers best to water deeply and less frequently.
- Make sure not to dry out the plant:
In the heat of the day, it is common for plants sometimes wilt to but they perk up again when evening comes. If you allow the soil to get too dry, the hair-like projections on the ends of the roots may be damaged. When plants have to regrow these root hairs, it takes all energy that would be going to flower and fruit production.
- Keep the leaves dry to avoid disease:
Leaves with water on it for longer period of time tends to develop disease and infections. When the leaves are exposed to harsh sunlight, they tend to burn slightly, its better to water it very slightly to make sure it stays hydrated. Also, if leaves are left wet overnight it can get leaf mould-disease.
- Use ideal soil for better growth:
To make the water retention more enhanced, choose high-quality, rich soil is essential. Soil with Clay mineral-rich has better enhancing properties. It helps to store water in the soil better and more evenly. Make sure water drains properly to avoid waterlogging in wet summers and winters.
- Check the soil to understand plant condition:
Wet soil can be harmful for the plant, it can cluster the plant with wet feet which means they suffer if their roots are submerged in water and not receiving enough oxygen. On the other hand, Dry soil can be damaging to garden plants. It is important to quickly examine the soil to ensure you have not overwatered because the soil surface may seem dry on a hot, windy day, but the ground beneath may still be wet. Keep a wooden dowel on hand, place it in the garden soil, pull it out, and inspect it. If the dowel comes out clean, the soil is dry and needs watering. Moist soil will stick to the dowel.
By taking care of the plant, we make sure the nature surrounded by us live peacefully. A few steps to check and understand the plant will make a way for healthy plant. Watering plants is a way to feed and protect your plant. Mybageecha has beautiful range of plants available and we have share care instructions with each and everyone of them.