Sunny afternoon; that’s a reason to go outside for work. Before we start, Botho gives us an input about watering.
Why do plants need water?
Water is necessary for plants, because plants require internal water pressure to strengthen the stems and leaves, and plants need water to create energy. Plants also needs water for photosynthesis.
How can you know when plants need water?
All plants are different. Some plants grow naturally without watering, but some require moisture or watering. It also depends on the type of plant, the soil, the weather, the time of year and many other variables. There are also many cases why plants get dry. It can be possible that the temperature is too high or too much watering. Botho mentioned that it’s easy to figure out what to do. You just need to check the soil. Is there enough moisture in soil? Even the soil surface seems to dry, but 5-10 centimeters below the soil surface moisture should be contained.
When is it time to water?
Water in the morning is effective. If you do get moisture on the leaves, this gives them time to dry out. Watering in the afternoon should be minded. You need to focus on the root zone, not the leaves. When the leaves get wet of water, it can promote the spread of disease. In the evening is more difficult for plant diseases to get a foothold when the leavers are dry. When you water your plant too much, they can habituated to it. One day, if you water them not enough they will dry quickly.
Plants love rain water, but it’s quite complicate for urban living to collect rain water for plants. Nevertheless you also can use water from a tap. Botho gave us tips – you need to know that water supply specs apply to making water that is safe for people, but not necessarily safe for plants. City water is treated to be alkaline to protect metal pipes from corroding, and can have a pH level upwards of 8.5. This pH range is too high for plants, because they love pH level of 7. You can collect water from a tap for a few days, after that you can use it for plant watering.
How to keep moisture in the soil?
Plants feel good in moist soil. You need to loosen the soil around plants and always remember that the soil needs some fresh air too. Moreover you can keep moisture in the soil by organic mulch, because mulch shields the soil surface from the sun, which prevents evaporation and thereby helps retain the soil moisture. By this tricks you can lower the watering needs while still maintaining moist, healthy soil.
What’s about self watering system plants when you’re gone?
There are many ways to water plants when you are in vacation.
- Automatic Irrigation System
- Bottled Water Irrigation System
- Drip Irrigation Clay Pots
P.S. You can use a waterstick. This stuff shows you a result about moisture in the soil. It’s easy and quickly to know when your plants need water.