Healthy plants need water in order to grow. Factors such as the amount of sunlight a plant receives, soil conditions and humidity levels all play a part in how much water your plants need to stay healthy.
By knowing the water requirements of your plants, along with their individual signs of dehydration, you can ensure your plants receive the water they need.
- Step 1 – Feel the top inch of soil and if the top inch of soil is dry then go ahead and water. Also check the stems and leaves for signs of drooping. This is a sign of insufficient water.
- Step 2 – Look for premature blossom drop on flowers. Flowering plants that loose their blossoms too soon are often dehydrated.
- Step 3 – Take note of the plant’s colour. Many plants, such as ornamental grasses, will turn brown and go into a dormant stage when they lack water.
- For plants growing in containers the rule is to water when the top twenty percent of soil is dry. This will vary based on the size of the container.