How to Keep Your Container Plants Watered Correctly
Plants in containers tend to dry out more quickly than plants that found a home in your garden, especially annuals and vegetables. Here are some tips to make the most of watering, getting the moisture your plant needs to grow and thrive.
- Water slowly and deeply – to the point where water is running out of the drainage holes.
Providing enough water ensures water reaches the plant’s entire root system.
Tip: Make sure all of your outdoor planters have drain holes
- Water the soil, not the flowers or foliage.
Watering the dirt allows the water to reach the roots, which is how plants absorb water.
- Water in the morning.
Morning watering gives the plan sufficient moisture throughout the day and allows the foliage to dry out, reducing the opportunity for fungal disease. In the hot summer heat, sometimes watering twice a day is a must. Water in early evening if possible.
- Don’t let the soil dry out completely.
Most potting soil mixes can become hard and won’t absorb water efficiently if they become too dry.
Pro Tip: Container pots need plant food more often because of the frequency of watering. Be sure to use a water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks to keep your containers in tip top shape! Products like Miracle-Gro Shake ‘n Feed All Purpose Plant Food nourishes plants below and above the soil to help you grow stronger more productive plants.
Always make sure to read the label for best watering practices and check on your plants at least once a day.
Remember that over-watering can be just as harmful as underwatering. The soil might look dry at the surface, but moist just an inch below the surface. A good test is to stick your index finger into the soil until it reaches your first or second knuckle. If your fingertip feels dry, it’s time to water. A moisture meter is also a great tool. Happy growing!