ROUTINE is crucial for any household, and for the plants around and within it.
As a general rule, you should water your plants at the same time every day, but there is one exception to watch out for: check your plants’ leaves if in doubt.
According to the experts at Better Homes & Gardens, you need to water your plants regularly, even if you live in a humid climate.
“The best time to water outdoor plants is in the morning, when temperatures are generally cooler,” the experts explained.
“It gives the plants time to absorb the water so they can get through a long, hot day.”
If you’re not an early riser or can’t water in the morning, you can always plan your watering strategically.
Water in the late afternoon or early evening, when it’s cool but not in the dark. Try not to water at night.
“Night watering is not ideal because your plants’ leaves may not dry out as quickly as at other times of the day,” experts warn. “Wet leaves are more susceptible to disease.”
And speaking of leaves, you need to watch your plants – as soon as they start to wilt, it’s time to water them.
Do not wait until the next morning to water hanging plants.
“Go ahead and water them right away, but keep the leaves as dry as possible,” the experts wrote.
Wilting can weaken your plants, so if your plants wilt repeatedly, they are less likely to withstand pests or the weather.
If regular watering just isn’t an option for you, invest in technology that makes it automatic.
Add water stakes to indoor plants and look for drip irrigation or garden hoses for outdoors.
“You can set them to run on a timer and they will deliver water directly into the soil, not onto the leaves,” the Better Homes & Gardens pros added.
“It allows your water to go much further because it reduces evaporation.”