Best Time to Water Plants – Advice and Tips

I have been asked many times what is the best time to water plants. Well, there are several factors to take into account, such as the time of the year, the weather, the plant, and much more.

So, if you want to know everything about the best time to water plants, we accompany you in this guide.

Why You Should Not Water Plants at Midday

Plants should not be watered at midday because the sun can damage their leaves and roots.

Scientific studies showed that the water droplets acted like a magnifying glass on the leaves, which is why the leaves were easily burned.

Also, during the hottest part of the day, the plants are closed to conserve water, therefore they would not absorb correctly the water that we provide them.Β 

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Why You Should Not Water Plants at Night

It is also not recommended to water at night because an excess of humidity creates a perfect environment for fungi and bacteria that will damage our plants.

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Best Time to Water Plants

The best time to water plants is during the morning.

The earlier you water the better because it will allow the water to reach the roots without evaporating from the heat of the sun.

If you cannot water in the morning, the other time to water is in the afternoon, make sure the sun is not too strong.

Never wet the leaves of the plants because it could cause fungus and pest problems.

If your plants are in the shade, you can water them at any time of the day.

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How Much Water My Plant Need

You know the best time to water your plants. Now let’s talk a little bit about how much water plants need; this is very important because too much water can kill them and too little water can kill them too.

For example, succulents and cacti need very little water. But a mint plant will need much more water than a cactus.

It will also depend on the type of soil we have in our garden since sandy soil will need more water than clay soil.

It is best to find out the water requirement of each species in your garden, as all plants have different requirements.

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About Henry Morgan

We are the Morgans, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.