Giving your garden plants the right amount of water
Garden plants can give that WOW with their beauty and charm, Just yesterday I visited a local plant nursery to pick up a few plants for a garden project ( marigolds, pintas, and periwinkles) and was so amazed by the many plant’s species that was on display as they showed off their beauty. Garden plants can bring such a pleasant change.
Have you ever visited your plant’s nursery and couldn’t resist as your eyes caught a particular plant. You could not deny but reach with such joy as you signal for help from your nurseryman letting him know this is the plant that you want to take home, it was love at first sight. Reaching to the counter with cash, credit card, or checkbook in hand you paid for it, what a delight you are now the sole owner of this plant and you know just where to put it.
You also purchase a brand new decorative container because the container that you have at home is all worn out and will not do your new-found love justice. Reaching home you get right to work installing this beauty in the container and placed the container just outside your front door entrance for both neighbors, family, and friends not only to see but to enjoy. Your plant is admired and you are receiving so many compliments for it making you so proud, this was worth the investment you tell yourself as happy thoughts race through your mind, then one day out of the blue your plant does not look as lush and happy as it once did when you brought it home, is it homesick, did it miss its previous home ( your local plant nursery ) or is there more.
Maybe if I sing or talk to it that might help but all the talking or singing to it as a bird does it no good, I know maybe it may need some water but wait I have been watering this beauty every day since I brought it home I know maybe I was not giving it sufficient water so you give it more water and instead of it improving it continues to decline at this point you don’t know what to do so you call your nurseryman and tell him about this particular plant which you purchased from him and how you have been watering it since the day you brought it home only to hear the reason why your plant is responding like that is that you are giving it to much water.
Signs that you are giving your plants too much water
Does this story describes you or have you been in a similar position? I mean one of the requirements of a plant is water, even a kindergartener knows that, and while you are right about what you said the truth of the matter is no matter how much a plant may love water (high maintenance plant ) even plants can get more than their shear which will lead to problems.
Knowing how much water to give your garden plant is so important many a plant have been killed simply because the question was never asked about the water requirements. The last thing you want is to invest both time and money and then all of your efforts go down the drain when asking that simple question could have kept your plant lush and healthy keeping a smile on your face.
Signs of overwatering garden plants
Here a few signs to look for, careful attention should be given because some symptoms can be somewhat similar therefore a thorough inspection is a must.
1. When a plant shows signs of wilting it can be overwater or a lack of water, therefore, check the soil well to determine your findings. Use your finger or a soil probe and dig about three inches or more into the soil. There are also soil moisture meters that can help with this, these devices can be purchased from your plant nursery or garden center
2. The leaves turning yellow is also another sign of a lack of water, plants that are attacked by insects also have yellow leaves because of the insect sucking the plant’s fluids. A plant that is nitrogen deficient will also develop yellow leaves, the only difference is when a plant is getting too much water the leaves will turn yellow then drop. In the case of nitrogen deficiency, the leaves though yellow will remain attached to your plant again do a thorough inspection
3. Plant leaf drop can also be a clear indication that your garden plant is getting too much water, leaf drop can also mean there is an insect problem again this is where proper inspection comes in.
4. A plant’s leaf will also wilt and turn brown because it is either getting too much water or not enough water. If your garden plant is getting too much water the leaves will turn brown but it will be soft and mushy if too little water the leaves will not only turn brown but it will be crispy and brittle to the touch.
5. Overwatering can cause a plant to be stunted.
6. Too much water will cause your plant’s roots to rot when this happens and if quick action is not taken your plant will be lost.
7. Too much water will push oxygen out of the soil which is not good for plant life.
8. Another sign of giving your plant too much water is a foul odor because of decaying roots, stems, or leaves.
9. Overwatering can also cause fungus to appear on the soils’ surface. Many of these fungi take on the appearance of mushrooms.
10. If your plant leaves that were once erected begin to drop it just may be caused by overwatering.
11. Mildew and mold are also influenced by overwatering.
The final word
Plants need water just like all living things what we must remember is that just as we have a limit with the intaking of water so do plants so before you purchase a plant get to know all about the care that plant including its watering needs because many have had the unpleasant experience of killing their plant by overwatering but the good news is this does not have to be you so let’s do all that we can to keep our garden plants healthy and thriving including giving them the right amount of water.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.