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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How to revive ferns

I have had two ferns (one is an asparagus fern and one’s a boston fern I think) and I went on vacation about two years ago, they dried and have never really recovered. Both of them have about one stem ...
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Is growing a plant from seeds, slow to bear fruits?

I have some juvenile plants: a longan, an avocado, a tomato, a beans, a chili, oranges, but none of them bear any fruits. Especially the longan is quite big, 120 cm tall and some branches, for avocado ...
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Dracaena Cane is dying please help

Heyyy. I bought this beautiful plant in the summer and it has been through a lot between moving n being knocked over to a few weeks of no watering. It was still healthy though! Recently it’s been ...
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Why are all my indoor plants dying?

My indoor plants are one by one slowly dying and I'm clueless as to why this is happening. I even bought these water droppers to regulate the water level (at least, that's what I believe they do), but ...
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Leaf underside browning on Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia Obtusifolia)

Recently I've noticed that my Baby Rubber Plant has some weird brown spots on some older/lower leaves. They look fine (albeit a bit yellow) from the top, but their underside is making me slightly ...
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Looking to make an irrigation system (no faucet) for my balcony plants

My balcony is about 10 X 5 ft in size. I travel every year for about 4 months. Every time I return my balcony greenery is dead and the few surviving plants border line dead. Friends or neighbors I ...
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How well does the string or wick method work for watering houseplants while you're on holiday?

Some recommend a very simple method of watering houseplants when you're on holiday, even for as long as a month. This consists of placing a bucket of water above the plants, and inside the bucket ...
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Is my fiddle leaf fig losing leaves due to overwatering, underwatering, or something else?

My fiddle leaf fig drops a leaf once per ~1.5 months. I am puzzled about whether I am overwatering it, underwatering it, or something else is wrong. I am attaching a picture of the leaf I found today. ...
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Mathematical formula for capturing amount of 1 inch rainfall on a tin roof messuring 4 ft x 8 ft?

How many gallons of water can be captured from a tin roof measuring 4 ft x 8 ft, if you get a 1 inch rain? Converted into gallons? I want to build a water guzzler, but need to know the size of area ...
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ZZ plant yellowing question

I'm starting to see yellowing of some of the leaves and I've seen conflicting advice online. Here's the full story: I got it two weeks ago and put it on a saucer with water the moment I got home, it ...
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From rain barrel to hose: math and kit

I've read some similar questions (i.e. this one) but still I need some help. I have a water barrel in the garden: capacity 120 L 50 cm diameter 80 cm height I want to feed a water hose, placing the ...
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Tomato and pumpkin leaves are turning yellow, is it overwatering?

On my tomato plants most of the lower leaves have turned yellow and some of them have shriveled into dryness. On one of my pumpkin plants some of the leaves have turned yellowish. They are all on a ...
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Blueberry Plant is Sick or just Overwatered?

I'm a newbie and could use some help. So I just got my first blueberry bushes and am very excited, but one of the bushes (Jubilee Southern Highbush) is showing some concerning signs. The leaves are ...
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Norfolk Island Pine

My Norfolk Island pine is dying, I normally give it 3/4 solo cup of water every two weeks, but it got over watered I believe (two weeks straight instead of skipping) Please advise. Is there any hope ...
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Are these Italian Cypress salvageable?

I recently (4 weeks ago) got two Italian Cypress trees. Location: Bay Area, California. Sadly they turned fairly brown: From my research pests are the most likely cause but I am wondering if it is ...
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Yellow lemon tree leaves and fruit dropping

So it’s summertime and I know that lemon trees should be growing fruit. My young tree has been struggling of late with these yellow leaves for while now and it’s dropping a lot of its young fruit. It’...
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Why is my mango plant having brown spots?

I really wanted to grow this plant but now seeing it like this i am getting so depressed 😔
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Why do the leaves on my Lady of White Collar fig tree have brown edges to them?

I have planted a Lady of White Collar fig tree in a hot, arid climate in a very windy spot. The tree was planted as a sapling in Jan 2022. It has been watered well, but its look like something is ...
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What can I do with a tree that's not suitable for the climate?

I live in Fort Worth, Texas. The previous owners of my house grew a dwarf magnolia in the front yard. The tree itself is lovely, but it's water hungry and really struggles in the summers we've been ...
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Tan spots and curling leaves on tomato plants: sun damage?

My tomato plant leaves have tan spots and curling which progresses and impacts the whole leaf over a couple days. The leaves higher up are most affected. We had a few cold days recently - around 40 ...
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Mulberry leaves tips burning, new leaves deformed

This has started to happen about 2-3 weeks ago, and is not stopping. One reason that I think caused all this is heat. The temperature here was was about 107F(42c) for several days on and off. My ...
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Hydroponic nutrient solution filtration

I am looking to build a small-scale hydroponic farm; lettuce/tomatoes/etc, and am now looking into a filtration system for my re-circulating reservoir. I have previously run into pathogen issues ...
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Why does my yucca keep drooping?

My Yucca has been drooping consistently for about a year now. I don’t believe I’ve over or under watered it. Is it getting too much sun and I should move it somewhere else?
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Got a plant as a present. What kind of plant is it?

I got a plant as a present. What is the name of this plant? How often should I water this plant? Does this plant like sunlight?
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Toxic painted on gardens bed

I am new to gardening. I painted my gardens bed with toxic paint . Please what can I do to fix this. I do not know what to do . I am new.
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My dracaena is turning brown in one month what should i do?

I bought this plant 1 month ago. Leaves are turning brown, faded and plae. What should i do? I have placed it in my bedroom.
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Run irrigation line up-and-then-downhill or uphill?

I have a big elevation drop from one side of my house to the other. I must choose one of these sides as a take off for hose spigot-to-PEX which I'm going to lay under ground toward my garden about 600 ...
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What adapter should I use to connect a hose to a sprayer?

I got a 3/4 MIP to 3/4 MIP adapter to connect my sprayer to the hose. The size seems correct, but it's leaking water after they're connected. Do I have the wrong fitting?
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Do plant roots really "suffocate" due to lack of oxygen when over watered? [closed]

Should plant pots have drainage holes at the bottom is a matter of intense debate among agriculturists and botanists across the world. While most acknowledge the importance of drainage holes, others ...
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How much nutrients does over-watering remove?

I've encountered the following statement(no source but multiple times): When excess water drains off a container, it removes nutrients from the soil. Is that true? In the practical sense instead of &...
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Is keeping potted plants in standing water harmful?

Consider a container of adequate size with sufficient drain holes underneath and a tray to hold any amount of drained water. Is it harmful for the plants in the container if the excess water in the ...
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How much watering is too much for seeds?

My translation of a local gardening newspaper: The soil mix needs to be slightly moist; however too wet a soil would rot the seeds. It is implied all seeds are somewhat susceptible. I attempt to ...
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My Cat Palm leaves areturning Yellow with Brown spots, and some leaves with brown edges

Recently purchased Cat Palm (2 weeks). Leaves are turning yellow, with now brown spots. And some leaves have brown edges. I am confused if this is a underwatering or overwatering problem. It does look ...
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Gardening with negative or positive ORP (oxidation reduction potential) water

Gardening with negative or positive ORP (oxidation reduction potential) water. I know ORP is related to Ph but has anyone done any experiments with negative ORP vs Positive ORP growth? From soaking ...
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Why coriander plant is dying?

I got coriander plant from market but it seems like it is dying. I watered it but the excess water came out of pot hole (which I think is way of telling that it was water extra). Can I still safe the ...
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Should I give water to my melocactus in winter?

I live in Riverside, California, USA, an arid environment, and have two melocactus plants: azureus & matazanus. Reading tips on their care I find that they are 'winter dormant' and water should ...
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Will my tobacco plant survive indoors under this grow light?

Hi I'm trying to grow tobacco indoors but they have not come up yet. I'm currently on day 2. I'm using a clip on 40w LED grow light. Will this be enough for them to grow? I have a link of the model on ...
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How can I set up a soil-free terrarium in a fish bowl?

I have an unused fish bowl lying around. I am keen on building a terrarium, which can include pebbles, rocks and other 'macro-stones' if you will, but not soil. I personally find soil quite icky to ...
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How do I know if my water is too harsh for my plants?

I noticed a few leaves that are browning on my rubber plant tree, and I have a theory that my water might be too harsh or there are too many minerals in the water because I noticed some white powder ...
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Autumn Blaze maple looks terrible, could it be overwatered, underwatered, or a separate issue

My autumn blaze maples, planted about a month ago, got exposed to massive rainstorms right after planting. We’ve been trying to compensate, but can’t determine if they are overwatered, underwatered, ...
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Why is my coconut seedling dying?

A couple of weeks ago I bought a dwarf coconut (Cocos nucifera) seedling from a nursery, all its leaves were quite green. But now, after some time on the ground, all the leaves are dead brown, only ...
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Watering pitcher plants(Nepenthes)

I have decided to start growing carnivorous plants(specifically, Nepenthes(pitcher plant)) in pots and got seeds and carnivorous plant soil. Now, I want to plant them into pots, but what type of water ...
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14k gal/week irrigation system design -- am I missing anything? Who can I pay to review it?

I'm planning on setting up an irrigation system for a small farm, I expect to run about 14k gallons/week through the system. I'm trying to figure out how to get the water out to the fields. There's ...
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Time to stop watering tomatoes and peppers?

I've heard that too much water and/or fertilizer can slow down the ripening of tomatoes (brandywine) and peppers (sunrise, carmen). My plants are big and healthy, all with full-sized fruits. They do ...
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Artemesia - Silver Mound (Wormwood) - soil and watering

My Artemesia - most likely a Silver Mound (Wormwood) has its leaves drooping, with some of the lower leaves turning yellow and tips browning. The plant is only about 6" tall, and staying outdoors ...
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What are these whitish deposits on the top surfaces of these houseplant leaves and should I do something about them?

A few months ago I had scale bugs on a different houseplant in a different room and asked about them in a different SE site: Are these little white fuzzy insects "scale"? What species and ...
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Song of Jamaica. probably overwatered, need suggestions how to save the plant

Because of the war here in Ukraine, the plant was kept in a basement without any sunlight for a month before we took it to our house. Today we discovered, that there are no drainage holes, so there is ...
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How can I(if able) bring back a nearly dead lavender plant?

I had to go on a trip for four days and told the person watching my plants that I had given my plants water when they were supposed to get it and that they wouldn’t require any during the duration of ...
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Palm tree rot , bark missing

I have a queen palm with the same issue . Bark missing and tree rot . How can this be fixed?
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How to prune a young MASTIC TREE?

This little tree is about 5 feet tall and has 4-5 stems - I want it to have multi trunk. It's growing in AZ so should I worry about sun damage after I pruned it to make it look less like a bush. The ...
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