Tips from the community: Water plants properly


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Water is the elixir of life. Without water, no seed would germinate and no plant would grow. With increasing temperatures, the water requirement of the plants increases. Since the natural rainfall in the form of dew and rain in the summer is usually not enough, the hobby gardener with the garden hose or watering can help.

Pour in the morning

The best pouring time - as our community is agreed - is in the early morning, since it is the coolest. Have the plants properly soaked, they survive well even hot days. Those who have no time in the morning, can also pour in the evening. The disadvantage of this, however, is that the floor after a hot day is often still so warm that some of the water evaporates unused. At the same time, however, the leaves often remain moist for hours, which favors the infestation with fungal diseases and snails. It should be avoided if possible to water the plants during the day, possibly even in the blazing midday sun. For one thing, most of the water evaporates shortly. On the other hand, drops of water on the leaves of the plants act like small burning glasses and thus damage the surface.

Watering can and bucket at rain barrel

In the hot months of the year you usually do not get around in the garden for an additional irrigation, this is especially true for the kitchen garden, but also for perennial beds

Ingid E. pours in the very early morning, before the sun is too high, and recommends shallowing the ground one to two hours later. In case of dryness you should not start pouring too soon, because otherwise the plant roots could become lazy. Because if the plant does not immediately get water in the drought, it strives to spread its roots further. The plant reaches the deeper soil layer and can still get water there. Ingrids Tip: Always water after planting, even if it has just rained. This achieves a better bottom closure of the plant roots.

Do not pour with cold or warm water

Also important is the water temperature. Felix. R. takes stale water, because cold or hot water does not like many plants. Therefore, you should not use the first few liters of a water hose lying in the sun for pouring, and also cold spring water needs a bit of time to warm up first. Therefore, always fill a supply in watering cans, which you may have access to.

Water with rainwater

While the gardener used to water his lawn with the precious water without hesitation, it is time to save water today. Water has become scarce and thus expensive. The tip of Thomas M.: Absolutely catch rainwater, because that is more tolerable for the plants and you also saves money. Rainwater is also low in lime and therefore best by nature, for example for rhododendrons suitable. This applies in particular to regions in which the pipeline and groundwater have a high degree of hardness (more than 14° dH).
To catch rainfall, rain barrels are a simple and inexpensive solution. For large gardens, the installation of a cistern can be worthwhile. In both cases you save expensive tap water. Renate F. even has three water barrels and a rainwater pump because she no longer wants to tow the cans. Another method of saving water is regular chopping and mulching. As a result, the evaporation of the soil is reduced and it does not dry out so quickly.

rain barrel

Rainwater is the best irrigation water

Basically, when pouring: Better to pervade once penetrating than always just a bit. On average, it should be about 20 liters per square meter, so that the soil is sufficiently moistened. Only then will deeper soil layers be reached. Important is also the right casting. Tomatoes and roses, for example, do not like it at all when their leaves get wet when they are poured. Rhododendron leaves, on the other hand, are grateful for an evening shower, especially after hot summer days. However, the actual casting takes place at the plant base.
The type of soil and the particular garden area play an important role in the amount of water. Vegetables are often particularly thirsty and even require water volumes of 30 liters per square meter during the maturation period. By contrast, a grown-up lawn usually emits 10 liters per square meter in summer. However, not every soil can absorb the water equally well. Sandy soils, for example, need to be supplied with enough compost soil to give them a finer texture and improve their water holding power. In Panem P. the soil is so loamy that the user only has to water her potted plants.

Pour oleander

Oleander needs a lot of water in summer

Pour potted plants properly

Potted plants evaporate a lot of water on hot summer days, especially if they are - as most of the exotic people love - in full sun. Then you can hardly pour too much. Often it is even necessary to water twice a day. Lack of water weakens the plants and makes them susceptible to pests. For plants that stand on coasters or in pots without water drain hole, you must make sure that no water remains in it, because waterlogging leads in no time to root damage. An exception is the oleander: In the summer he always wants to stand in a water-filled coaster. Irene S. also covers her potted and tub plants with a fine bark mulch. So they do not dry out so fast. Franziska G. even wraps pots in hemp mats so they do not get so hot.

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