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Questions tagged [watering]

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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Why is my plant turning white/yellow

It’s winter here in Quebec city, and I feel like my plant is slowly dying. At first I thought it lacked sun, do I putted it on the windows border, but the furnace in just below so it might have dry ...
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Fraser fir Christmas tree doesn't seem to be soaking up water any more

When we got our Christmas tree, which the farm called a Fraser fir, we were told to give it warm-to-hot water, and to ensure that the water line stayed above the bottom (cut) end of the tree. ...
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Taking care of Euphorbias

We have two euphorbias which we are struggling to take care of. They aren't dead but the leaves continue to brown and fall off. We aren't sure if we are over watering them or under watering them. Any ...
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How to help an avocado plant recover from plant transplant shock?

I have an avocado plant which has sat and grown happily (well probably not) on a windowsill in my flat for ~ 2 years. I paid it no attention except to water it occasionally when I noticed it needed ...
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Should I water my indoor plant with warmer water during winter?

At the moment where I live the ambient temperature ranges from -5 to 5°C (23 to 41°F) and will get colder. I have an indoor plant and I noticed that after I water it, the pot and the soil remain ...
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Brown strawberry Leaf

Greetings, newly planted strawberry plants..some are flowering while others have a brownish colour towards the edge of the leaf. Need to know the reason for the brown leaves. Appreciated. PS: I live ...
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Black spot on leaf of cardboard cycad (zamia furfuracea)

I live in Korea. I think that my precious cardboard cycad has some problem. Where the plant came from? I purchased cardboard cycad on the internet. It was delivered in 36hr. When it was delivered, ...
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Is this avocado plant suffering from hard-water build-up?

recently I noticed that 2 of my avocado plants were developing brown and dry tips at the leaves. I am wondering if this is due to hard water buildup since I use tap water for my plants. I heard that ...
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how to best take care of a xanthosoma sagittifolium?

A few months ago I bought a big beautiful xanthosoma sagittifolium. I have it situated by a northern facing window because I read it does not like full sun. I'm very confused by this plant because it ...
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plants getting used to more water

IMO we've had a beautiful summer 2018 over here in Europe, with very many clear and sunny days (although some might have found it too hot for their personal tastes). I've now read an interview with a ...
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Ficus elastica — Will its leaves uncurl?

I started getting a bit of leaf curl on a rubber fig we bought for our studio a few weeks ago. The soil felt a little damp, so I've slowed down on the watering, but gave the leaves a mist once this ...
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Kentia Palm's Outer Leaves Are Browning Quickly

I have bought a kentia palm about a year ago and I live in a warm and relatively humid climate. Some of the leaf tips have gone brown here and there in the past year, but I have noticed that the outer ...
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How long can rain water be stored in tanks?

I plan to collect rainfall (this autumn or next spring) from roof into plastic tanks (1 m3 capacity) and use collected water later for watering vegetables. My question is for how long can rain water ...
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Areca Palm's leaves are drying. What should I do?

I bought a small areca palm 3 months ago. I noticed some leaves are drying out and dying. The others is drying as well. My palm is indoors in the apartment's lobby. The temperature inside is around ...
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Work mechanism and added value of higher speed of simple sprinklers?

What is the use of higher rotating speed of standard lawn sprinklers (assuming there is a large family of similar non-special devices) you see around in Northern Western Europe and many other places? ...
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What's going on with my Aloe plant?

I got it from Costco about half a year ago and it hasn't had many problems in the time that I've had it- in fact, it has flowered about 5 or 6 times since I bought it. I had to leave it at my old ...
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Sprinkling plants' leaves with water

Is there a concrete rule for which plants like to have their leaves sprinkled with tap water (since distilled water is not at hand)? For instance (and among indoor plants), do Ficus elastica and ...
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Why do my Cherry tomatoes split as they ripen? [duplicate]

It doesn't matter what I do, my Cherry tomatoes always seem to have many of them crack when/as they ripen. I have tried everything - more sun, less sun, more water, less water, different varieties etc....
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Availability of metering water timers

When I was a child, my mother had a handy mechanical device that could be hooked to standard garden hose fittings. You turned the knob to the number of gallons you wanted to dispense and it would ...
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Lawn cracks under fence

Today, I found a long crack at the back of my lawn that runs under my wrought iron fence. I am watering at 12:00AM for 7 minutes at each station three times a week. I don’t want my fence to fall ...
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Watering huge cactus

In the question big-cactus-identification-and-how-long-does-it-take b.nota gives us a nice photo of big cactus. The second thing that struck me was how the soil level is about 0.00000001 inches from ...
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What is this houseplant with woody stem and varigated leaves?

What is the name of the plant pictured below and what is its watering cycle? Thanks in advance
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Name of this indoor Plant

I purchased below indoor plant but i forgot the name of theis plant + what is the best watering cycle for it Click photo for full size Image source
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Identifying Smaller Tree

Can anyone help me identify this tree and tell me exactly how much water I need to give it? I leave it out under direct sunlight, as it was when I bought it. (Shop staff had absolutely no idea what ...
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Identifying Small Tree

Can anyone help me identify this tree and tell me exactly how much water I need to give it? I leave it out under direct sunlight, as it was when I bought it. (Shop staff had absolutely no idea what ...
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Caring for noble fir seedlings (Christmas trees)

I am an amateur gardener turned Christmas tree grower. Before I cared for cacti (can't really underwater) and venus flytraps (can't overwater) and felt great that all my plants lived for many years. ...
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peace lilly is rotting from the heat (possible?)?

I have a long-loved peace Lilly that has recently taken a turn for the worst. Some time ago, SE advised me that the pot it was in did not have appropriate drainage, and saved this very plant. It was ...
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Why are my mango tree leaves drying out before growing?

I grew a mango tree from seed five months ago. At first, it grew normally, but when other leaves were about to grow, they just dried out, got really hard and fell off. They had cca five millimeters. ...
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How to revitalize my potted Rosemary

I have a potted Rosemary bush, purchased in the current pot a little over a year ago. It did well over last summer & this past winter, producing new growth after being pruned for kitchen use. As ...
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Unidentified purple flowering plants that continually die mid-summer

I've got five large clumps of these plants on the south side of my Michigan home and each year they grow like crazy until mid-to-late July and then they start to die from the bottom up (yellowing and ...
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Can I water my plants every other day?

So it seems that many people say that you should water your average house plant once a week or so, or whenever the top 1 inch of the soil is dry. My problem is that a lot of my plants are on a window ...
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Sprinkler / garden watering advice

I live in London and am about to have the beds planted (late I know). I'm thinking about watering... I currently have an oscillating sprinkler (and a timer) that I place in the middle of the garden ...
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Is areas with temporarily standing water recommended for Garden Giant Mushrooms?

I was out walking around my woods today, and noticed I have some areas with standing water. Is this the ideal place to put some Garden Giant spawn if I don't want to worry about it?
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What's wrong with this cactus?

I have this cactus that is slightly wrinkly and soft at the bottom part. It sits on a window sill with all my other plants and receives around 5-7 hrs of direct sunlight every day. I water it once a ...
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Am I over or under watering this jade?

I have this jade plant that I got over 2 years ago. I've noticed that it isn't growing larger and that the leaves are turning yellow and falling off (as you can see from the pictures below) and the ...
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Rainwater off the roof ok for plants?

Is it ok to use the rainwater off the roof, water comes off the roof into the gutters, can we use this rainwater for plants?
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How much dry soil before the waterline does Angelica need?

I'm trying to grow angelica, but every few days it seems to getting rid of "old leaves". What am I doing wrong to kill off new growth? Right now I have it in a 5 gallon bucket with no holes to let ...
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How to save my succulent?

Sorry I couldn't be more specific in the title (I honestly don't even know if it's a succulent, that's my best guess), I have no clue what this thing is, but I want to keep it alive. I had this plant ...
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Why is my parlour palm which is young and in the house getting brown spots

I don't have a garden I am just trying to find out what is causing brow spots on my parlour palm tree that is quite young is it the soil.
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Parsley looks sick, how do I water & care for Parsley?

75% of my Parsley look very miserable. Some stems have thinned out and the leaves have shriveled up Fungi on the soil that creates fumes when watering Watering them proved to be a challenge. I ...
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Does Salsola grow better in standing water, or in a semi-dry environment?

I'm trying to grow Salsola (land seaweed) this year, and was wondering if it's better to grow in a 5 gallon bucket full of water, or in a community garden plot that doesn't get watered more than about ...
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why is this laurel hedge still dying

This laurel was dying, leaves going brown. Soil a bit dry, watered it loads, a week and a half later still dying. Googled it, some results said probably drought and some said waterlogged roots! So I ...
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Pot size - small & repot, or start large?

I have a few different houseplants. I'm also currently starting a few different vegetables, from seedlings and from seeds. I've been trying to research the best way to grow all of these in containers, ...
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How do I make a waterbed environment from a 5 gallon bucket?

I'm wanting to grow some water plants like Watercress, and Ashitaba, but have nowhere to grow it at. How can I convert a 5 gallon bucket to grow a plant in each?
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Does it matter if I use water that previously boiled for watering plants?

A lot of time I have water that was left in the kettle from the previous boiling, and I want to replace them - so a good use would be to water my plants - does it matter to the plants if the water ...
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Houseplant seems to be dying

I recently moved out and got gifted a fairly big houseplant by my aunt. I quite like the look of it and aim to keep it alive, in part because it is my first ever own plant. She didn't remember what ...
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Growing conditions for hydroponics - Vanilla Planfolia and Saffron (Crocus Sativus)

Creating an indoor, temperature and humidity controlled hydroponics setup. Wanted advice on whether I can grow the following: Vanilla Planfolia Saffron (Crocus sativus) I was also wondering if ...
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Filtered or unfiltered water ok for houseplants?

I live in what the local water company describe as a "very hard" water area (122.8 Ca mg/l, 307 CaCO3 mg/l, 21.49° Clarke, 17.19° German). I usually drink filtered water (Brita Maxtra cartridges) - ...
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Sagging spathiphyllum leaves despite moist soil

We have four self-watering pots of spathiphyllum in the office, each facing the same exposure and about the same size. We were advised to water them manually for 3-4 months until the roots developed ...
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Houseplant health diagnosis

These mother's tongue (snake plant) potted plants were purchased about about two/three months ago. They have not been repotted yet and it looks like the nursery soil has some time release nutrients in ...