The Biggest Mistakes When Watering

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:28 pm

Avoid mistakes when watering

Straight when watering in the hot season, you can make a lot of mistakes. Here, small mistakes when watering sometimes cause great damage to our beloved plants.
Watering for this reason is sometimes a small garden art. How to provide our plants with water in the best possible way and what mistakes to avoid, you can learn here…

Our garden plants do not need to be watered every day, but they do need to be watered extensively. Of course, it should not be watered only when our plants begin to wilt.
Especially on hot days should be paid to a sufficient water supply, on these days it is important, rather once water properly, than several times only a little water.

When should watering be done?

The Biggest Mistakes When Watering

The best time is between three and four o’clock in the morning, because at this time the soil is coolest and the water can not evaporate so quickly. It thus has the opportunity to seep deep into the soil and also reach the deep roots, so that the plant can absorb enough nutrients.

Because almost no one voluntarily gets up so early, there are so-called watering computers for the late risers. These are simply connected to the tap and regulate the watering time according to the setting.

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Important to know: Almost all plants can only absorb water through the root tips. For this reason, it is important to water so much that all root tips are sufficiently supplied with water. Because if the roots of the plants get too little water, they can absorb no or very few nutrients.

Now that we know how important watering is for our plants, we come to the possible mistakes in watering.

Watering plants in the blazing midday sun?

Watering in the blazing midday sun is a waste of water and not safe for our plants. Watering in the midday sun is also not very efficient, since a large part of the water evaporates before it reaches the plant root. Here you should then better use the early morning hours… 😉

Pour directly on the leaves and flowers?

But much worse than the inefficiency, is when watering in the midday sun, that water drops remain on the leaves and act in the blazing sun like small burning glasses. This effectively burns the plants.

However, if you cannot avoid watering the plant at midday, please water only the root area at the base of the plant and avoid wetting the above-ground parts of the plant as much as possible.

Watering plants too little?

But the right amount of water when watering is also important.
It is important and also more sensible to water the plants more rarely and therefore more vigorously than constantly in small amounts.

By watering vigorously and sufficiently, the water can penetrate deeper into the soil and be absorbed by the deeper reaching roots. In addition, watering less frequently, but sufficiently, promotes so-called deep root growth, which ultimately benefits the plant.

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Do not pay attention to the water requirements of the plants?

Often, however, insufficient attention is paid to the water requirements of the respective plant.
Depending on the season, type of plant, pot size and location, there are large differences in the fluid requirements of plants. Plants in sunny places need more water than shade plants anyway.
Particularly thirsty species here are, for example, the angel’s trumpet and the well-known fuchsia.
But especially seedlings and flowers that have just been planted need water every day for the first few weeks. This is the only way to ensure that they form abundant and strong roots.

If you avoid these mistakes, which should not be underestimated, nothing should stand in the way of the plant splendor in the garden. I keep my fingers crossed…


  • James Jones

    Meet James Jones, a passionate gardening writer whose words bloom with the wisdom of an experienced horticulturist. With a deep-rooted love for all things green, James has dedicated his life to sharing the art and science of gardening with the world. James's words have found their way into countless publications, and his gardening insights have inspired a new generation of green thumbs. His commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship shines through in every article he crafts.

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