How to water plants in summer? Watering during hot weather

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Jalynn Peterson
How to water plants in summer? Watering during hot weather
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Watering plants in summer is especially important to keep our plants from drying out. However, it is a mistake to water plants at will. So how to do it properly? We answer!

When watering plants in summer it is especially important to take into account where our flowers are. Much more water will be needed by those in pots and containers placed on the balcony and less by those set directly in the ground. Pay attention to the species, because plants also have different preferences when it comes to watering. In the text we will detail this problem.

When are plants most vulnerable to drying out?

During the summer heat, water replenishment is particularly important for each type of plant. Garden plants can draw water directly from the ground and are better off, although even they can get dry. In some situations, when there is not enough water even in the ground, it is necessary to water them

However, the heat is especially harmful to plants on balconies and terraces. The fact is that in such soil and pots water does not last long, because it quickly begins to evaporate. To a large extent this depends on the sun exposure of the plants and also on which type of plant you have decided on. Large amounts of water are essential for geraniums, fuchsias and petunias, among others, especially since they are often exposed to full sun.

Time of day – why is it important when we water plants?

The time of day is crucial when watering flowers. First of all, don’t do it in the middle of the day because the water will quickly evaporate instead of nourishing the plant. It’s also important to pour the water directly on the soil, not on the leaves. The sun could burn the wet surface and damage the plant.

Experts recommend watering in the early morning or evening. In cooler temperatures, water stops evaporating so quickly, which helps moisturize plants. If the nights are noticeably cool, it is better not to water too late in the evening to prevent root rot. However, if the nights are relatively warm, watering late will not be a problem.

Which plants should be watered more often?

As mentioned, soil plants do not need frequent watering and usually find the water for themselves. However, plants hanging in baskets or containers mounted on walls need to be watered. They are often exposed not only to sunlight but also to contact with a heated wall. They are blown more often and more intensively by the wind, which encourages drying out

Such plants require daily watering, in hot weather even several times a day. It is important to water them slowly and give the water time to soak in.

How can you check if you have watered the plants properly?

You should always make sure that you have not flooded the plants. You should not give them too much water because too wet a substrate promotes the development of plant diseases. In the case of soil plants this problem doesn’t seem to exist because the water is free to drain into the ground.

For potted plants, it is a good idea to check the soil moisture with your finger. If the soil is still wet, refrain from watering until the evening or the next day.

The most common mistakes made when watering plants

We make common mistakes when watering plants. Therefore, when we water:

  • too often, plants begin to rot because they lose access to air, and the rotting process is irreversible;
  • too little, the leaves become faint, limp, and then wither and fall off;
  • irregularly, the flower buds will begin to drop prematurely, and the flowers themselves will not bloom.

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