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 do I water a desk plant without making a mess?

I have decided to get a few plants for my office desk. However, one thing still eludes me. Plant pots usually have a drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. If I keep the plant on my desk, how ...
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Why aren't my potted herbs healthy, and water runs dark out of the parsley container?

I am growing spearmint and flat-leaved parsley in two 10” round containers. I water the plants a couple of times a week, and every 2 weeks or so water them thoroughly until the water drains out the ...
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What is a perched water table?

In gardening, especially container gardening, you will run into the phenomenon called a 'perched water table' (PWT). What is a perched water table, and how does it work?
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How do you water your plants when your house as a water softner? [closed]

I recently turned on my water softner to get soft water inside the house. The water softner is in the garage, which is in the front of the house. The adjacent wall in the front of the house has two ...
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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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What features should I look for in a low pressure water timer?

I harvest rainwater in a four hundred liter ( 90 US Gallon) container that has a drop of about a foot to where I want to add the water. It would save me some time if I could program a timer to turn on ...
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Why are my hydrangea flowers dying, but the leaves look OK?

I bought some Hydrangeas in pots in full flower. They were then left un-watered. They are now suffering from dead flowers but the leaves look OK. It is now August in North Yorkshire. Any ideas what I ...
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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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Is rust from steel rainwater barrel harmful?

We are using a used steel drum barrel as a rainwater container. Someone else in our house brought it from work, and we haven't bothered replacing with a plastic one yet. Supposing that there is no ...
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What could cause brown spots on the leaves of a Song of India plant (Dracaena reflexa)?

As you can see in these pictures our Song of India (Dracaena reflexa) is having some problems. I say it is too much water, while my wife says not. What do you say? Click any photo for full size
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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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Why do the leaves of my avocado tree have brown edges and spots?

I have inherited an avocado tree in a hot, arid climate in a very windy spot. It has been watered well, but its leaves look like something is wrong with it - they have brown edges. Perhaps it's ...
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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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What's a good water system for my cactus plant during holidays?

I have a very resilient cactus that can be left alone for a month without consequences. Now, I want to leave it alone during two months and leave it some water system. I have seen little earthen ...
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Will I run into trouble if I water houseplants with carbonated water?

I have rather a lot of partially flat liters, and wonder if I could use it as a drink for my house plants. Will purified carbonated water harm plants?
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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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What is this small grass plant?

Got it as a gift, and was told to water it every two days. Seems a little frequent to me, what plant is this?
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Extending Life of Cut Flowers

I was reading this article on Extending the Life of Cut Flowers and had a couple of questions. As was also pointed out on How to keep my roses fresh?, you should cut the stems at an angle under ...
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Which plant is this? “Dead ends,” pruning, watering tips

This plant has been in my possession since last summer (I moved into a new, and otherwise empty, apartment one year ago). I wanted to keep it, but because there are no labels, I decided to water it ...
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How to set up water planting system?

I am an engineer and I want to put a garden inside my house. What I mean is indoor garden. However, I don't want any insects. I googled about this topic and found that water planting may be an option. ...
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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 often should I water a Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'?

How often should I water a Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'?
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What is the best time to water a house plant?

Is there an ideal time of day to water the average house plant? Does it depend purely on the plant, or are there times of the day (evening for example) when you should avoid watering them?
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What is the best time to water the garden?

What is the best time for gardening? How many times should we water the garden? I have grass and some plants (I don't know their names). I am just interested in nourishing the grass which is growing ...
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Are there any issues with using an on ground sprinkler system with impact sprinklers?

I recently bought a home, and now I am tired of watering the lawn every day. I considered under ground sprinkler system but they are very expensive. I thought to do my own diy on the on ground ...
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Can I water plants with spoiled wine?

I have a small indoor garden. Unfortunately, I also have a dozen liters of spoiled wine. Intuitively, I think watering edibles with wine will be beneficial for them, as the wine carries already ...
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How Can I Get a Watertight Seal on my Drip System?

I'm very new to gardening and am attempting to set up my first drip system for a potted plant I have on my deck since I travel quite a bit and want to make sure it's getting water. Here is my ...
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Is there a drinksafe Y-connector for garden hoses?

Most brass connectors contain lead. Can anyone point me to the most durable type of y-connector to buy to water my garden that will not inject any lead or harmful plastics into the water stream? I am ...
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Should I use tap water for my Aloe and Lucky Bamboo?

I've had my Aloe for about 5 months now; it's doing a bit better than it was at the store (they had it in direct sunlight and it was getting damaged). I just got two stalks of Lucky Bamboo also and I ...
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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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PC controlled irrigation system

I am investigating the use of a PC to control my yard irrigation system. The research that I've done has only revealed one system with the (unfortunate) name of Irritrol. Have you used your PC to ...
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How do I determine soil moisture based on information from online weather systems?

I want to build an automatic garden/lawn watering system based on a small computer. The system is connected to the Internet and is able to learn the current weather conditions and the short-term ...
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How can I water the plants on my balcony without dripping water on my downstairs neighbor?

I live in an apartment with a balcony and I'm having issues figuring out the best way to handle my drainage. I have a neighbor below me and don't want any water dripping down on her patio. Are there ...
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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 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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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 ...