3 Plant Watering Myths

You may have taken the time to grow flowers and other plants to make your yard look beautiful and inviting. Part of keeping your plants alive and looking luscious is making sure that they have plenty of water. But even with good intentions, some people actually water their plants incorrectly. Continue reading to learn about some myths and how you should really be watering your plants.

Myth 1: Plants Need an Inch of Water a Week

According to some, all plants need an inch of water a week to keep them healthy. This widely accepted rule of thumb is not true and can actually damage your plants by over- or under-watering them.

Plants that are just beginning to grow or have recently been transplanted usually need daily watering to provide them with consistent moisture to help them develop their root system. On the other hand, mature trees and plants just need enough water to keep them moisturized during dry periods.

Saying that all plants need the same amount of water is wrong because water needs depend on the plant, the soil, the weather, and the time of year. The best rule of thumb is to apply enough water to moisten the roots and water again after the soil is mostly dry. Also, talk with a company, like Steeplechase, to see which kind of watering system would work best with your lawn.

Myth 2: Wilting Indicates the Plant Needs More Water

Wilting does suggest that the leaves are not getting enough water, but that doesn't mean that the plant needs more. When the roots of the plants are damaged, the plant wilts. Roots can be damaged in numerous ways. Physical damage, insects, and diseases are things that hurt the roots so that they are unable to deliver enough water to the leaves of the plant.

If you think that your plant is wilting because it isn't getting enough water, check the moisture level of the soil instead of assuming and watering anyway. 

Myth 3: Watering on Sunny Days Can Scorch the Leaves

Some people believe that water accumulates on the leaves of the plant and acts as magnifying glasses for the sun. The result is scorched leaves. This myth has no truth to it at all. When the sun is out, water evaporates quickly so it doesn't have the chance to stick to leaves.

You don't want to water on sunny afternoons because evaporation will cause the plants to lose the moisture you are providing. If it is the only chance you have to water your plants, you can without worrying about burning the leaves.

Some of these myths have been passed around for a long time. If you have been following their wrong advice over the years, now is your chance to stop so that your plants have the best chance of being healthy.