Have you been always watering your plants every day claiming to care for them by so doing? Did you notice that plants that grow in the bush really do well even during winter but still manage to survive and live healthy relying on only to the summer rain? Yes they really do shed their leaves but that does not mean they there is a problem with them but that means they lose leaves to prepare for the new season and new growth, same thing applies to those you grow by your self in your home. I am hoping that sharing information on how to water a plant will not only hydrate your plants but your plants will also grow stronger and healthier.
The Uses Of Water In Plants
Plants would not do without water, water helps plants to dissolve and absorb nutrients and mineral irons to the different parts of the plant. Water contains two chemical compounds and that is Hydrogen and oxygen. Without water there could be restricted growth to the plants and they will wilt and die. When plants absorbs water to the different parts of the plants it the plant cells are filled up making the plant to look healthy and upright. During transpiration water is lost through the stomatas so when a plant lose more water than it gains the cells shrink and resulting to wilting.
Water is really the best temperature regulator to plants, It really cools the plant when the temperatures are too high. The roots are not only absorbing waters but they are also benefiting to the ground moisture after watering so the reason behind mulching is not only to retain moisture but also to make sure that the temperatures are at optimum levels to the soil during very cot temperatures, mulch prevent direct sun rays heating directly and evaporating moisture. Without moisture the roots on the surface may dry out and die during very harsh temperatures so water and mulch really plays a great role in retaining moisture and regulating temperatures to the roots. Healthy roots will eventually lead to a stronger and a healthy plant.
How to know the plant needs water
Plants are not the same they differ, some plants like succulents do not need more water than other plants. Yes the thicker and broad leave plants do store lots of water on their trunk for future use so they do not suffer in dry seasons than those plants with soft leaves. You do not need to wait for the plant to wilt to give it waters but you have to stick your fingers at least two inches from the surface and feel the soil if it needs water. If the soil is dry even underneath just water your plants they really do need water during that time.
Some people will create a watering schedule but that is not the best way because you may find that in your watering schedule some days are really hot than others so waiting will do more harm to your plants as they might be lacking in water. It is wise to monitor using your fingers because even the soil is not the same, some soil lose more water than others like sandy soil. For sandy soil it is easy absorb moisture and easy to lose moisture.
Symptoms of over watering
- When the plant wilts but there is a lot of m moisture on the ground, that is when you will know that you are over watering.
- The roots will rot and as a result you will notice the leaves growing unhealthy.
- The leaves will suddenly turn brown.
How to treat over watered plants
Plants that are grown on pots can be treated by just adding drainage holes on the planting bags so there will be more oxygen flowing through the soil to the roots discouraging fungicides which may result to fungal rots to the roots.
The Nice way to water
It is wise and best to water your plants in the morning so that the water may all be absorbed by the plant unlike when the sunlight is hot all the moisture will be evaporated and that sounds to be a waste of water.When watering your plants it is very important to make sure that the water do not erode and run through without penetrating the soil into the roots, so the soil really needs to be lose and absorb water. The best way you can do is through using a watering can with a sprouted , If the place you want to water get a bigger watering can.
Drip Irrigation The best
If you are having numerous plants to water and you are using water on a pipe you can just make catchment areas around each plant by placing soil around making something like a dish but this is not the best way to grow your plants because the roots will always be sinking in water resulting to root rot.
It you are having a pipe you can just drill a small hole on each plant so the water will drip through wetting the soil and allowing the roots to absorb water at their best unlike the other ways which simply sink water at a go. The drip irrigation system is my favorite because it even allows the best absorption of nutrients without them being leached.
Recycling another best option
For some people it may look silly to recycle and use old containers to water their plants but that is surely the best and cheapest way to go. Won’t you be saving by simply getting the two liter bottles so you will fill them up with water to your plants? Just think about it, water is very scarce this days so it is really wise to conserve and use it wisely. You just have to drill a small hole beneath the bottle and fill up the bottle with water and place it underneath that plant until it is empty then you can fill it up again until the whole area is wet.
Mulching is really the best to retain water for a long time after watering and it also reduces the speed of water from heating directly and hard to the ground which may erode the soil exposing the roots to harsh conditions. Mulching really acts as a great tool in this climatic changing situation.
Plants are indeed living creatures just like we as humans, without water there can be no plant so both humans and plants rely on water, some plants are really responsible and plays a greater role in bringing water from deep down the water table to the surface. Plants like rasp Berry are found in water sources and they are a great symbol that there is water even if there is no water in the surface. However, some plants like gum trees and pine trees they consume lots and lots of water per day so it is not wise to have such plants near water resources