article: Watering Container Plants
Watering Container Plants
Greenhouse plants in containers depend on you to water their soil so that they
will grow and thrive. How you water, when you water and various other things
such as humidity and moisture will come into play when you are raising plants,
vegetables and flowers in the greenhouse. For the container plants in the
greenhouse, light is one of the most important factors in successful growth, but
watering is just as important as your plants start to take off and produce.
Because your roots in the container only have a limited space that they can grow
and get moisture from, you will need to learn when a soil is dry and when a soil
still feels moist. Plants in a container that are too dry will often get sick
and die. Plants that are in the ground during a drought are stressed but will
seek out some type of moisture deeper in the ground for survival.
For established plants, it is important when watering plants that you water them
until the water flows through and escapes through the bottom of the pot. This
saturates the soil, wets all the roots, and the plant has time to absorb water
from the soil as the soil is all wet. When a plant is not established, when it
has very little roots, watering the soil just a bit, but more often is going to
satisfy this type of plant more often. You will know when a plant is
established, when the top growth of the plant is more obvious, and the plant is
nearing maturity. If you look at plants on the web, on the seed packet or in
books, you can tell when plant is nearing maturity and when it is just a
seedling requiring special care.
If you donít have to time to water your plants all the time, or if you are often
known to forget about watering your plants, using a self watering pot is going
to save your plant from your forgetfulness and give them enough water so that
they can fully thrive. The water at the bottom of the pot is going to give the
roots the water that they need to support the plant. You canít use this method
on plants that are not established, without the long roots, but the plants that
have the water seeking roots are able to reach the water with little or no
problem at all.
Another important fact about watering your plants is that you should use water
that is pure. For example, if you live in the city or in town, and there are
high amounts of chlorine added to the water, this can be very harmful to your
plants. Other water that contains high amounts of salts, calcium, and magnesium
can often harm your plants as well. If you find that your plants have spots, are
turning brown, and if the leaves are falling off, and you canít find any other
source of the damage, it could very well be your water.