Watering: ‘Best’ time of the day to water plants in summer – and it’s not in the morning


According to Phostrogen®, every plant is comprised of 80 percent water, and the only means of drawing up water and nutrients from the soil is through the roots. This means a proper watering is “essential”. The experts explained: “An error often made by gardeners is watering too frequently, as this means the plant isn’t encouraged to develop its own root system and search for water at a deep level, becoming dependent on the surface water provided instead.”

However, the frequency of watering that plants need depends on several different factors including soil type, weather and season.

The type of soil is an important factor in how often gardeners should water their plants.

The experts said: “Depending on the texture of your soil and whether it is compacted or not, it will have a greater or lesser ability to hold water, which seeps down to the roots.

“There are four main types of soil to consider, so begin by identifying which type of soil you have. If your soil is sandy, water is often and a little at a time, as it can’t hold a lot of water.

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If possible, it is a good idea to install a water butt in the garden to collect it. 

Plants much prefer rain water as it isn’t cold or chlorinated, and it is also much better for the environment.

Phostrogen® experts explained: “Watering the roots and base is best practice, either with a good old watering can, drop system at the base of plants, or a sunken irrigation system or larger areas.

“Avoid sprinkling or spraying as this uses more water and can encourage the onset of diseases.

“Think about where your plants are positioned. South facing plants are likely to need more water as the direct sun will dry out soil quickly, and remember that some plants and vegetables prefer more water than others.

“For example, tomatoes and roses are thirsty and require lots of watering, whereas plants such as lavender and poppies and vegetables like asparagus do not, every plant is different.”

Water isn’t the only essential element for plants, they also love to be fed too.

Gardeners should invest in a professional fertiliser which helps promote healthy green foliage and an abundance of flowers and fruit.

There are lots of fertilisers on the market, including Phostrogen® All Purpose Plant Food granules.

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