If you’re new to container gardening, one of the biggest challenges you might be facing is keeping your plants properly watered. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with some tips on how to water your container garden effectively!
First things first, before watering your plants, it’s important to check the soil moisture level. One of my go to methods is simply sticking my finger into the soil about an inch deep. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water. As long as they are not drought tolerant plants like cactus. Simple enough, right?
It is important to watch the weather if you know it is going to rain heavily or for a long period of time you may want to hold off watering or maybe just water lightly.
Now, when you do water, make sure to water deeply, until water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the container. This ensures that the water reaches the root zone of the plant and encourages healthy growth. So don’t be shy with that watering can!
The best time to water your container garden is in the morning, when temperatures are cooler and the soil has a chance to absorb the water before the heat of the day sets in. Plus, it’s a great way to start your day by checking on your lovely plants!
When you water your plants, try to avoid getting water on the leaves and flowers as this can lead to your flowers going by quicker or even disease and fungal growth. Water the soil around the plant instead.
If you’re looking for a more precise way to water your container plants, consider using a watering can or drip irrigation system. These options allow you to control the amount of water and avoid getting water on the leaves. Plus you can even set it on a timer just if you are going to be gone.
Remember to adjust your watering frequency based on weather conditions. In hot and dry weather, container plants may need to be watered more frequently, while in cooler weather, they may need less water. Keep an eye on the soil moisture level and adjust your watering schedule as needed.
And one more thing – don’t overwater! Overwatering can be just as harmful as under watering. If the soil feels constantly damp or waterlogged, you may be watering too frequently. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
With these tips, you’ll be able to keep your container garden properly watered and your plants happy and healthy.