Online generate, to understandwhen to irrigateplants (the garden, the vegetable garden, the lawn, houseplants ...) you need to learn to evaluate the degree of humidity in the soil.
When to water potted plants
Each material has different characteristics: plastic tends to retain water more, while terracotta, being porous, tends to evaporate water more easily. Enamelled vases, in plastic material, metal or glass vases, are not porous at all and therefore retain moisture. When watering plants in pots non-porous, you have to be careful not to run into excesses otherwise you run the risk of root rot or fungal diseases.
If the pot or planter does not have drainage holes, be sure to place a layer of expanded clay (or earthenware) on the bottom to avoid water stagnation. A layer of expanded clay placed on the bottom allows the excess water to be "collected" and then gradually reabsorbed by the soil, when needed.
Especially for potted plants, irrigation could be accompanied by fertilization: from spring to autumn, feed the flowering plants every 15 days using specific fertilizers.
When to irrigate, evaluation
There are intelligent systems for garden irrigation with sensors capable ofto recordthe level of soil moisture eto releasea certain amount of water at the appropriate time. Those who do not want to use sensors for soil moisture can learn to independently assess this condition.
For plants that need a constantly moist soil (for example, calla lilies) you can add peat to the soil. Peat retains water, however, once dry, it is difficult to re-hydrate. Learn to control the moisture level of the soil even simply by moving the topsoil and observing the deeper layers. You can stick a finger in the soil or use a cheaper moisture meter. Furthermore, it is possible to understandwhen to water the plantslooking at some factors. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, it means that the irrigations are scarce:
- very slow leaf growth
- leaves become translucent
- leaves and branches wither
- leaves or flowers fall prematurely
- the edges of the leaves become darker
Symptoms of excessive irrigation:
- young leaves and old leaves fall at the same time
- the plant takes on shades tending to yellow
- the plant takes on a more "soft" consistency
- rots appear
- mold problems
When to water plants in winter
To understand when to water the plants in winter, observe the soil and above all respect any vegetative rest by suspending fertilization and thinning out irrigation. For example, succulent plants, after flowering, do not want any more irrigation until the vegetative restart: to favor the vegetative awakening (valid for all plants) provide a "fertigation". Especially for the winter watering, we recommend using water 'rested'; during this period of the year, often move the soil on the surface of the pots in order to avoid the formation of crusts or molds.
When to water, the varieties
Each plant has specific water needs, so we point out some specifics.
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- How to water the plants
- Parrotia persica
- Calla lily cultivation, when to irrigate the white and colored streets
- Treating succulents, you suspend all kinds ofirrigationat the end of flowering
- How to irrigate the garden
- Garden irrigation on the balcony
- When to water house plants