Questions about when, where and how much to water plants, about techniques for watering and about the equipment gardeners use to deliver water to their plants.

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How often should I water a Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'?

How often should I water a Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'?
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Watering clover seeds

I'm planting some Dutch white clover in my yard from seed. The seeds came already inoculated. We generally have weeks where it rains several times a day for at least a week during the spring, can I ...
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Madeira vine watering

I have a little madeira vine plant in my room. How often do you recommend to water it?
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How do I predict a plant species' water intake?

I'm an amateur gardener planning a future garden in an extremely dry area. The soil is fertile, but I understand you need to water artificially in order to grow anything significant. I want to ...
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How do I stop the leaves from curling on my Stromanthe “Burle Marx”?

The leaves on my Stromanthe "Burle Marx" are all curling vertically. I usually water it from the bottom on a bed of stones but I wonder if the water standing on the stones has caused it to be ...
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How do I pump my bath water to my garden for watering?

After my kids have a bath, I want to be able to pump the water out into the garden. They usually just have a bath in water without soap etc. so it's still relatively clean. Usually I just try to ...
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How do I set up a roof top garden in a tropical climate?

I live in India. I have quite some space in the terrace. The roofing is of concrete slab with some weather-proofing done and red oxide tiles laid above. The climate is tropical ( Chennai ). I would ...
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Any benefit to watering whole plant (leaves and all) instead of just the soil/roots?

A question I often wonder about when watering outdoor pots in the dead heat of summer. Should I just make sure the soil in the bed/pot is watered sufficiently, or is it necessary/advisable to also ...
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Cedar Hedge drying from the inside

We planted a cedar hedge this spring (4 months or so ago). The trees were fine this summer, some of them had one or two dried branches; nothing out of ordinary. At the end of the summer, some trees ...
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Are these Golden Pothos roots overwatered?

Based on my previously asked question: Golden Pothos Leaves Are Regularly Dying I took one plant apart to examine the root structure. The soil seemed dry enough, and almost no moisture was felt. ...
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Is rain water better than tap water for plants?

Is it better to water your plants with rain water collected in water butts? I mean is that better than water straight from the tap? And is it just a matter of temperature (presumably plants don't ...
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Golden Pothos Leaves Are Regularly Dying

I have a very interesting set up and had questions about the differences across our factory floor. We have three columns of Golden Pothos that are numbered about 96 plants (unless the irrigation ...
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What should I do about a Tillandsia cyanea with accidentally removed roots?

My Tillandsia cyanea was watered too much, and when I touched it, the top part with the leaves separated from the roots. I've found that some types of Tillandsia don't need roots, but is this it? ...
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Winter Watering time of day? At what temperature do I cover any of the plants with plastic tarp?

I have a garden in san mateo, ca that is only 5x9 and we have 5 large tomato plants, herbs, broccoli and lettuce. We have an automatic water sprinkler that goes off every other day. I want to know ...
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Does water temperature affect vegetable plant growth?

Generally speaking, when watering a vegetable garden, are there any benefits to using cold water vs warm or vice versa? I'm in Wisconsin, so 90+°F is about as hot as it gets around here. Typically ...
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Why do plants root when placed in water, but die in standing water

A lot of plants need well drained soil. They're said to not like getting their feet wet. The explanation given is that the root need oxygen and will die and rot if they're in standing water for too ...
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Can my DIY grey water bio filter system be improved?

I have just finished building a grey water biological filter and would love to hear the different ideas and concepts others might have. I know there are other concepts that can be added such as a ...
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Schefflera arboricola - where to place it? Too much water?

I have a Schefflera Arboricola (also known as Strahlenaralie). I've placed it in my office so that it receives some sunshine, but not directly - I've put it behind a plastic plant (on the right on the ...
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Why is my bonsai losing brown/yellow leaves and developing white dots

I was recently given this beautiful bonsai and I water until the soil is moist nearly every day. But recently it has started dropping leaves and these little white dots are appearing. Why is this ...
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Why can't I get reticulation to work in spring?

Spring has sprung and it's time to turn on my reticulation (bore). My retic worked back in May but now (October) I turn it on and no water comes out. I can hear the pump going but no water comes ...
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What is the right time to water my lawn?

I finally own my home and this is my first spring. I have a decent front lawn that I want to keep as green as possible. I've always been told not to water in the day as it can burn the grass (as a ...
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Improving water retention in potted plants

I live in a temperate climate zone. I have plants on a west facing balcony- they get full sun from about midday till sunset. I don't have a tap on this balcony, but have put an extender on my hose ...
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Painting concrete pots to help conserve water

I asked this question about my potted lilly pillys. I have another separate question. I live in a temperate climate zone. I have plants on a east facing balcony- they get sun from about sunrise till ...
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What plants can I use to reduce soil humidity?

I live in Chile where the land slopes up into the hills just a few meters from the coast. I have a garage at sea level with the back wall in the ground and there's a little river flowing inside it. I ...
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Irrigation timer with setable delay before start

I live in a climate that is sufficiently variable that it doesn't lend itself to programmed irrigation. At present I use simple mechanical timers. Put a sprinker in place, turn the timer on, and go ...
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What should I do about standing water in potted plant?

I have a large (70L?) moulded plastic pot which is filled with topsoil, and has a freshly planted lilac bush in it. I had noticed this pot did not have drainage holes at the bottom, but had thought ...
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How much water does a grape vine need?

I have a grape vine in southern California (only rains in winter). How much water does it need? I have seen advice ranging from nothing to several gallons a day. Does anyone have any concrete ...
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Does eating fruits and vegetables watered with greywater affect your health?

Does using greywater on your fruit and vegetable garden affect your health in a negative way? Greywater is the run-off or cast off water that lolls about when you do normal washing around the home. ...
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How Do I Determine The Best Watering Schedule For My Lawn?

I just bought a new house and I want to program the irrigation system. I don't know anything about the lawn or the system because I just moved in. I want to know how often I should water the lawn, ...
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Watering of tomato plants with plastic bottles

I'm having tomatoes in a little greenhouse. I water them by using plastic bottles where I cut of the bottom part, put them a few cm into the soil and fill them each two days entirely with water (+- 1 ...
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How do I water my full grown cherry tree?

I bought a house three years ago, the cherry trees appeared to be fruitless. This year they flowered and now have cherries all over them. They are very large adult trees. Do I water them? How ...
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Is there evidence that a deeply watered lawn will develop deeper roots?

Everyone says "deep and infrequent" when describing how to water a lawn, but is there evidence to back up this suggestion? I can expound on this several ways: 1) Why would one want deep roots if one ...
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How much water is lost in watering your lawn during the day?

I've always heard not to water your lawn during the day and that the fine water droplets will evaporate before it is absorbed by the lawn (either in the air or while sitting above ground). But how ...
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Simple DIY Sprinkler Sets: A bad idea?

My wife & I purchased a home in November in Los Angeles. There's a fully automated, underground sprinkler system in the front, but nothing in the back. The backyard is a bit of a mess. Not ...
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How much should I water my cherry tree sapling?

My good friend's dad helped me plant a cherry tree sapling (about a handspan high) the other day (I don't know what kind). He brought over the rooted pot, dug the requisite 18-24cm depth, and ...
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Soil of a potted plant is holding water. Should I loosen it?

Each time I water my potted plant, I notice that the surface of the soil is holding water. Should I loosen it up with a small spade? Once I have loosen up the soil, is there anything else I should do? ...
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Am I overwatering this unidentified (jade) plant?

I have this large unidentified plant which I keep indoors. (a present from my aunt) I don't water it too frequently, and it seems to be doing OK - it's much bigger than it was when I got it a few ...
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Why do I have standing water in the saucer after repotting my rubber plant?

I have a large rubber plant that I re-potted in a larger pot with drainage holes and placed one of the water saucers/catchers underneath. I water the plant once a week and I've noticed the water is ...
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What is this plant and does it require a lot of sunshine?

Could anyone help identify this plant? I had it in my previous apartment that was facing north. Now we placed it in front of the window facing east, where it gets much more sunshine that before. Does ...
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How do you know if you are watering a plant too much vs. too little?

I live in Arizona, and I can never tell if I am watering my plants too little or too much. Plants are very touchy here - and you have to be able to read the signs correctly. I can't. What signs are ...
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How often to water vegetables / herbs with garden hose?

My vegetables and herbs are all in pots outside in full sun. I don't have a drip system. I just water my plants by hand with the hose on the mist setting. How do I get the 1" per week amount of ...
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How do I water my two apple trees?

I have two apple trees. I have lived here for three years and I am sure they are a couple of years older than that. They are both producing fruit but I do not know how to water them. Do I put a ring ...
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Are my tomatoes and cucumbers dying from overwatering?

I sowed some cucumbers and tomatoes in April and already lost them all. Now the other batch is dying; I presume it might be over watering as I used different compost. Basically the leaves became a ...
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Can spots on leaves of pea seedlings indicate under- or overwatering?

I'm growing peas in a coffee tin. I noticed some discolorations showing up on the leaves. Can I get an early indication of over or underwatering from this feature, or is it entirely natural?
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How to prevent avocado from drying out indoors?

I have an avocado plant that has grown indoors since it was a pit. It grew first in a badly insulated, north-facing, wet and cool house, where it grew splendidly. After i moved to a well insulated ...
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cultivating a cactus from cutting

I've recently gotten a san pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) cutting as a gift. I'm trying to take care of it as good as possible, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it the right way. The situation is: the ...
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If it's possible to overwater a plant, then how do plants grow hydroponically?

This is confusing me since I am new to the idea of hydroponics. I have read that it is possible to damage a plant by overwatering it, so how can plants live with their roots submerged in pure water? ...
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Are there cacti that don't rot when overwatered?

I've got yet another cactus rotten and this was most likely causes by overwatering. I'll try to rescue it but I'll likely need a new one anyway. Are there perhaps cacti that don't rot when ...
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What are the growing conditions for Camellia azalea? Especially it's water needs

I have bought this rare breed of Camellia, the Camellia azalea. It's originally from China I think and I have mixed in some coco husk to allow for good water flow and prevent clogging the soil with ...
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How best to connect multiple water butts?

I've just come into possession of two 120L water butts to connect up to my shed on my allotment plot, but as it is a pent roof I need to connect the water butts together as there is only one downpipe. ...