Our expert tips on watering your plants, best times of day and why it matters

May 10, 2021 4 min read

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As huge fans of all things growing (ok not weeds..) we reckon gardening is a rewarding hobby that more people should get involved in. Taking care of plants and various types of flora is a relaxing and fulfilling activity, that will not only keep you busy, but will also beautify your home and property.

Developing a green thumb takes a bit of effort and research, but it's totally worth it! One of the most important bits of information that every rookie plant-parent should know is how and when to water their plants. While it is true that water is an essential part of a plant’s life, some people may not be aware that different plants have varying needs when it comes to water. If you are unsure of how much water your plants need, this article will fill you in on the details!

Watering Your Plants: Best Time and Why It is Important

Just like people, plants need water to stay hydrated. Water is necessary for photosynthesis, and will travel from your plants roots, up the stems, and to the chloroplasts in the leaves. Aside from promoting photosynthesis, water is the vehicle through which nutrients from the soil are absorbed, keeping your plants healthy and strong. Ensuring your plants get sufficient water and sunlight (but also, not too much!) will help them grow and thrive.

When to Water Your Plants

1. Watering in the Morning

Watering your plants in the morning is the best time of day for the task, especially during the hotter months. This is actually the most optimal time to water your plants because they will have time to dry before the sun goes down. If the soil of your plants stays damp during the night, there will be more chances of pests gathering and wreaking havoc on your plant's health.

2. Watering in the Evening

However, there are also occasions when watering your plants in the evening will be a sound decision. If it has been a particularly hot day, and you notice that the soil in your plant’s pot is dry, you can give it a little water (not as much as the amount you would usually give in the morning) to make sure it stays hydrated through the night.

How to Know When Your Plants Need More Water

Every plant has different needs and will display different signs of dehydration. At the end of the day, it usually comes down to careful monitoring and research into what each plant requires. However, there are some common signs that may indicate a thorough watering is in order.

When a new plant joins the family, most people start with a basic watering schedule and two important tips: water less frequently and water deep. As you monitor your plants, you’ll learn what each one needs and how you can provide them with what they need.

In the meantime, here are two of the most common and crucial signs that you need to water your plants more often:

1. The soil feels dry to the touch

Perhaps the most obvious sign that watering is in order is soil that feels dry to the touch. A moisture meter is best for this, but if you don’t have any equipment, simply stick your finger approximately an inch beneath the surface. If it feels dry, your plant may be drying out. Giving your plants that extra drink of water will make sure that they are refreshed.

Keep in mind that seasons will affect your watering schedule. The hotter and drier the weather is, the more you’ll have to water!

2. The leaves are yellowing or drooping

This tip can seem confusing to new plant parents, especially because yellow leaves can also be a sign of overwatering. However, there’s one way to tell if your plant is overwatered or underwatered: the feeling of the leaves. Plants that are underwatered will result in leaves that are dry and crispy, often with brown edges. Overwatered plants, on the other hand, will have leaves that are limp and soft due to the oversupply of water that typically gives them form and body.

Keep in mind that there are other factors that may contribute to any plant problems, so be sure to read up on the light, moisture, and soil requirements of each plant you have. Careful diagnosis of the symptoms will help you determine whether you have a watering issue on your hands or if another variable needs to be adjusted.

Conclusion

Now that you know the basics of how to water your plants, you will be able to make sure that all your plants thrive and grow well. You will be the best person to say how often your plants need to be watered. However, no matter what routine you choose, remember that plants are alive, seasonal change can make an impact and so their needs may change. Maintain a consistent watering schedule and give your plants time to adjust, but also take into consideration weather, humidity, and other external factors that may force you to tweak your watering schedule too.

Ready to get planting?

If you are looking to buy more plants to enhance your garden, Sunshine Coast Plants has an online shop and flat delivery rate, making it so much easier than wrangling plants into your car. Order online and we’ll deliver direct from the nursery to your home or worksite. We are currently servicing South East Queensland, Northern NSW and beyond.


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