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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Do cranberries need soil?

I was visiting a cranberry farm, and they had plants that were floating on water when it wasn't harvest time, so it made me wonder: Do cranberries need soil, or can they just be allowed to float ...
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How to water after overseed in a way that is good for both new and old grass?

I'm planning on overseed this fall. AFAIK, rule of thumb for established grass is "water deep, and not too often". But rule of thumb for new grass is the opposite: "water quickly and 3 ...
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Metrosideros dying (?)

I have two Metrosideros bushes (different species) that are both dying (?). In the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed that some of the flowers that were blooming and the leaves, which totally lost ...
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Urgent my favourite avocado tree is dying, please help me!

[ I planted my avocado tree almost a year ago and I forgot to water it for 2 weeks due to my exams. It looks dried up now. The top of the stem looks wrinkled and shrivelled, but the rest of the stem ...
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My cilantro plant is dying

So I over watered my cilantro not realizing I was doing so. I live in Houston, TX and it’s currently 95+ degrees and getting hotter. I thought with the heat it needed that much water. I was wrong. ...
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My acer palmatum is drying, what should I do?

I have had an acer palmatum for about two years. Last year the plant dried up a bit but the problem was solved. In the winter I moved the plant to a larger pot with a drainage hole. In the last few ...
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How can I fix this watering system?

I have a computer-controlled watering system: Recently, it started dripping from here: the drips come out of the white region to the left of the large red bar. The white region is putty that I put ...
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How often should I be watering my morning glory plants at this stage?

I planted Heavenly Blue Morning Glories from seed ~six weeks ago. I’ve been unsure of how much water they should be getting at this stage, and now the leaves are drooping and yellowing. Everything I’...
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Vacume / Osmosis watering gadget: limitations?

I just found a great sounding device on amazon, which apparently uses vaccume or osmosis to help water plants: The idea behind is, that it waters the plants, only when the soil is dry. The little ...
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How to attach hose to garden hand pump?

We have a garden hand pump, which looks like this: However it doesn't have a place to attach a hose to. Is there a product, which could attach a hose to the mouth of this pump? I would need to ...
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Which fertilizers do best at reducing the uptake of sodium?

I use tap water for irrigation which comes with a decent amount of Sodium. I would like to reduce the soil salinity with adding Potassium and Calcium. I have an alkaline soil with a pH of 8.4. When it ...
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How long should I wait before watering my beheaded echeveria stem?

I recently (yesterday) beheaded an echeveria plant that had grown leggy. The leafy upper part is currently set aside, forming a callous and (hopefully) roots. I can find plenty of information about ...
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Treating AC condensate water to make it good for plant watering

Late last summer we tested capturing the condensate that is pumped out of our central AC unit, and found it produced ~14 gallons per day when it's hot/humid out. That would go a decent way towards ...
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Did I use enough seed?

8 days ago today, I brought in two dump truck loads of dirt because my lawn was in horrible shape when I moved here. It had about 4-5 inches that needed to be back filled. It was good soil too, rich ...
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Parlour palm has gone pale and tips are brown

My parlour palm was nice and green for a few weeks but its leaves have recently turned pale and some of the tips have gone brown. Some of the leaves also seem to be curling. Some of the stalks and ...
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How do plants survive in the wild without someone watering them?

I have a small garden in Seattle and as soon as summer rolls in I have to be vigilant about watering my plants or else they die. Meanwhile just a couple dozen feet from my home there's a pretty big ...
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Aloe ID and why they look stunted?

My Aloes are growing well. Those two, however seem to prefer different conditions. I never figured-out if they do better with more shade (leaves become more succulent but much paler), or more water (...
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Waterproofing a section of a soaker hose

I use soaker hoses to irrigate the garden in my backyard. But this garden is divided into two separated beds, with a few meters of distance between the two covered with pavement. Since I only have a ...
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Do these kalanchoes look normal or healthy?

I have several kalanchoes and am having different problems with them. They are two different plants. I planted them a month ago. Do the leaves of the plant look normal or healthy? I ask because I ...
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Measuring soil dampness with terracotta pot

I recently got this small citrus tree and it says it is supposed to be watered when the soil is dry 1 - 2 inches deep. I've been measuring this with my finger. This is my first time using a terracotta ...
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How to balcony garden in a pot without drainage holes?

I plan on using containers of various sizes (10L, 20L, 200L, 1000L) for growing vegetables for fun but have impediments to providing drainage holes, such as: no large enough tray available pot ...
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When to water a garden based on soil moisture monitoring?

I have a network of soil moisture monitors set up in my flower garden. I've been collecting data for about a month now, and don't quite know how to interpret the information I have. All of the ...
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Testing hydration for watering - what depth?

I have a water meter like below and I also use my finger to check how wet the soil is for pots. The question is, what depth should I be measuring at? The soil might be dry at an inch but soaking wet ...
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Are these potted mint plants healthy?

These are some mint plants (Mentha arvensis) that have been grown from grocery store edible mint stems planted in a 60~40 ratio of cocopeat-perlite-compost and garden soil. The new leaves around the ...
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Does bleach buildup in water with a hydroponics system?

Does bleach accumulate in water, or does it naturally evaporate or break down with time? I have an ebb and flow indoor hydroponics system for watering my plants for weeks while I'm away on travel. I ...
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Self watering planters. Top watering strategies

There really isn’t much definitive information on self watering pots. I’ve planted 3 6ft tall fiddle leaf plants in a Lechuza 43cm pot. The pot instructions say every third watering fill the reservoir ...
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Curry leaf is sad

How to make her happy and have more leaves ?
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Why are the leaves of my potted aloe vera plant turning yellow and getting tiny dark spots?

I have noticed that some of the tips are yellowing and curving downward. Also, these very same leaves are becoming flatter and have a lot of tiny dark spots. Is the issue over or underwatering? The ...
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What happens when you give goji berries excess water?

This will be the year that my orchard planted over the flood plane will be taking off, and read not to water goji berries excessively, so it got me to wondering: I've read that you don't water goji ...
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Is it ok to water a garden with beer?

I stopped drinking but I have a lot of stale beer. Is it ok I pour out all this beer for raised beds? It seems as it is mostly water and yeast. Has anyone have any anecdotal experience with this?
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Cat Palm has browning leaves

Recently I purchased a Cat Palm (about 3 weeks ago) and its leaves have begun turning yellow. It is definitely an issue with the watering schedule as it has improved right after watering's. The Plant ...
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Can you explain what is going on with my little avocado tree?

I managed to grow an avocado tree from a pit. I transplanted it to a small pot and almost once per week it looks like that: At some point, the drooping leaves issue happened because it was next to ...
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How to save this succulent from drying up?

I have a succulent plant (not sure the exact plant name) placed indoor next to my window. It has been in this state below for the past few months. The leaves have all dried up, including the flowers. ...
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What happened to my marigold plant how it can be made healthy again?

I transplanted it yesterday but now it's leaves are curled and is bending downwards. What should I do? Whenever I transplant a plant it usually gets in same condition and slowly dies. Please help me, ...
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Is my Tulsi plant alive?

I recently went home for the winter and left my Tulsi with a generous neighbour. They watered her daily, but when I returned after 5 weeks, I found that she had lost all her leaves. Here's a picture ...
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Indoor rubber plant losing leaves

This forum has been a great source of info and help for years, so before I begin, thanks to everyone who takes the time to pitch in with answers. I've had a ficus elastica since December 2019. For the ...
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Help! Signs of over and under watering

My bird of paradise is showing signs of over watering (new leaf has brown and yellow edges) but one of my older leaves is dry, crispy and dead!
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What’s wrong with my snake plant leaves?

I recently discovered the tip of my snake plant had turned blackish and cut off from the rest of the plant, basically dead, the dead part feels moist and floppy. I don’t know what’s wrong if I’m under ...
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How much to water indoor snowdrops?

Last year I bought my girlfriend some snowdrops, they didn't like repotting very good and promptly fell over and died. Or so I thought at first, turns out they have an onion that makes new snowdrops, ...
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Is this tree dead or dying?

I recently bought a house in Arizona with two very tall trees in the front. The lawn itself is normally flooded once a month by the irrigation system to give water to the plants, but during the ...
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Majesty palm has 3 out of 7 leaves brown. 4th one becoming very brown as well also with yellow?

Help! My majesty palm now has 3 brown leaves (out of 7 total) over the span of a week or so. The 4th frond is now becoming mostly brown, though has yellow. I move it to partial sunlight 5' from a ...
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Indoor Majesty Palm has yellowing leaves that also have brown tinges - too much water or not enough?

Help!! My majesty palm now has 20% of its large leaves being mostly yellow... There are brown tinges on many of the leaves, including the green ones. I am not sure if this is too much or too little ...
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Rose plant having problem

This is my new Rose plant I bought it last week from the nursery. I have already lost one last month. Leaves are turning yellow & brown. I only watered it once. I don't want to lose this one 🥺.
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Moisture meter or water globes?

I’m considering a moisture meter or watering globes/bulbs to help with watering my plants. My boyfriend will be caring for our plants in Los Angeles while I’m away for work for a month. He doesn’t ...
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Are My Plants Getting too much Sun?

I have two plants who have been in the sun for less thann 24hrs and their leaves look brown and wilted. The leaves are soft and leathery. I just moved and heard that plants don't like to be moved much,...
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Roots of my new Phalaenopsis orchid are yellow, is it mold?

I got a beautiful blooming Phalaenopsis orchid as a gift last week (store-bought). This is my first ever orchid. I looked at some videos about care and replanting and I am concerned that my orchid is ...
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Tips on controlling fungus gnats

I planted some sweet potato tubers that have been growing vines for a few months now. The plant is potted in the same cactus soil I use for my cactus plant-- very high drainage-- in a tin pot with a ...
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Indoor tree wasn't properly watered and now it seems the top is dead, what should I do?

Indoor tree wasn't properly watered and now it seems the top is dead, what should I do? Couldn't attach photos so I created a google photo album. Any help would be great thanks. I was advised to cut ...
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How to help wilted rubber tree? Found on curb

I found this Rubber Tree out on the curb this morning - for ref, I’m in NYC and it’s 52F here today. I’m not sure if it was left out overnight but last night the temp got down to ~47F. As you can see ...
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Portulaca / Moss Rose losing leaves near bottom half of plant

I've had this portulaca for 6 months. I keep it indoors as temperatures get very hot where I live (104 degrees +). I used to water it every 5 days, if it was still dry 2 inches below the soil. At ...

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