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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Cucumber plants wilting and dying outside during a rainy summer

I have several cucumber plants planted outside (I'm in Zone 4). They are planted in large containers or raised garden beds. hey were doing okay until about a week ago when we started having rain ...
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Brown leaves on pineapple plant

We've had a pineapple plant in the office for 2-3 weeks, situated in the centre of the room in good, sunny weather. It's been regularly watered so that the soil is slightly damp, but no more. The ...
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My olive tree's leaves have dried out but bottom of trunk is sprouting. What should I do?

I bought an olive tree a few weeks ago. It had new growth and it looked healthy, although I think it was not held in direct sunlight, and when I bought it, it was standing outside - Northern ...
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Small aloe watering help

So I have a semi-small aloe and it was neglected for a while but I was able to bring it back. I'm going away for two weeks and want o know if my aloe stands a chance. ( if it helps at all its growing ...
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Identify this caladium?

This is a picture of a small caladium I bought yesterday. Can someone identify what type of caladium it is? Will it survive full sun for at least 8 hours/day? I'm in the Caribbean where the temp's ...
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Repotting Lithops received in mail are getting wrinkled

I received 8 Lithops that we’re all grown in the same pot. They came in original pot and dirt. I took them apart and repot them and the 3 Dorthea Lithops are the ones that are getting wrinkled. The ...
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Is my cactus being under watered?

I’ve had my cactus for over a year now. I bought it late winter/early spring (February/March?) and from the time I bought it to around a month ago it had very stunted growth and didn’t grow any new ...
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Leaf curling in curry leaf plant and white patches on stems?

I've looked at the reason for leaf curl and another question on curry leaves, but this is slightly different. Since it's been raining quite a bit and the plant is in this type of a grow bag, I'm ...
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How much water do Acmella oleracea need?

My buzz buttons (Acmella oleracea) aren't looking very healthy, so I'm wondering how much water the plant really needs to be healthy.
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Making an outdoors wick-watering system for tropical plants

I'm considering a wick-watering system for few plants which need more water than the plants I have in the same area. The location is shaded, and the plants are on shelves. Types of pants - Begonias; ...
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Old leaves of Chinese Elm bonsai have gone brown at the edge and yellow at the center and then falling off

I have a 7 year old Chinese Elm bonsai. So far it has been growing new shoots without any problems. As of last week I noticed most of the leaves of the old shoots have started going yellow at the ...
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Help identifying cause of yellowing fruit tree leaves?

thank you for any insight any of you might provide. I have four fruit trees in my yard, a Red Haven peach planted in Fall '17, a Liberty Apple and a Ginger Gold apple planted in Spring '18, and a ...
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How to combine watering and fertilising of Bonsais

I have read in many places that one should not fertilise a dry soil, so I apply my liquid fertiliser after watering. But because I water my trees up until water is dripping from the drains, as soon as ...
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What does irregular watering mean?

I've heard a lot about plants doing poorly with irregular watering, but what does that really mean as some people have access to surface water?
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Is this red habanero plant overwatered and how should I save it?

So I'm quite a newbie in gardening but I decided to plant a couple chilli plants for the summer because I was very interested. This red habanero was planted about a week ago and been on slow decline....
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What is this problem on this succulent?

I have this succulent in my indoor since last few months. I just moved it outside few days back and now they look like this. This is how I ruined this plant :( I moved it to sunlight which was all ...
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How to revive my licuala grandis?

I was away for two weeks and unfortunately forgot to tell the caretaker to water my licuala grandis while I’m away. When I got back home this is how it looks like Is there any chance to revive this ...
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Some True Date Palm Questions

I had the following date palm just installed and I have a few questions I'd love to get some expert options on: It came tied up as I expected and the place that sold me it said I should leave it tied ...
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My garden is still mud, and it's 2 weeks after the normal last frost, should I plant seeds yet?

I've read that I should plant seeds 2 weeks after the last expected frost date, but my garden is sill drenched, should I plant them right away, or wait for high water levels to fall (should be by May ...
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Will fruit/vegetables split with heavy constant watering?

I've heard that fruit/vegetables will split with inconsistent watering, but will it split if it can get water to its roots desires (i.e. "I go any deeper and I'll drown", or "if we get a heavy ...
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Leaves on barbeque rosemary turning yellowish

A barbeque rosemary plant I bought last year was doing fairly well until a week ago when I noticed some of the leaves were discolored. Then today I saw that the plant was really looking poorly. I ...
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automatic watering system for indoor plants

I am thinking about building an automated watering system for some potted flowers. They need water every day so staying away for some days has become impossible without sacrificing them (which is ...
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Plant appears to die quickly

Bought this plant a fortnight ago and it was in perfect health. Suddenly it’s whittling away. Any reason this could happen so quickly. It’s not too hot, too cold, nor is it heavily watered. It looks ...
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How much to water Raspberries on a drip line?

I just put in a drip line today. I only used 1 GPH emitters on the raspberries. Any idea how long I should water them when it dries up this summer? I know it should be 1 to 2 inches a weeks but how do ...
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Best practices for watering plants with geothermal water

My new home uses a geothermal water system, so the sulfur levels are high (based on the lovely rotten-egg smell). I've read that sulfur can be really good for plants, but I'm wary about the amounts I'...
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Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns)

I am pretty new to keeping plants, and I have a Euphorbia Milii as a houseplant now sitting in a terracotta pot. I planted it in cactus soil, and I generally water it well, waiting for the soil to dry ...
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pH and aeration of water

I aerate my water before using them on my plants. I would like to know if I should go by the pH of the water before or after aeration.
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vacation care for indoor plants

I recently bought self-watering pots. Currently, I am using it for Rosemary. But, is it even a good idea to use self-watering pots for indoor herbs? Which plants or herbs are good for self-watering ...
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Drying Oregano and Mint

I went for a vacation of 4 days and when I came back I found my Oregano drooping. Before going I watered it very, but, still it didn't work. Same happened with my mint as well. Both the plants are ...
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Flamingo (Anthurium) leaves turning yellowish

I have this Flamingo plant (Anthrium) for the last month. I use P rich fertilizer on it. Sometimes it gets occasional sunlight (Might be 2 days a week). It is kept in a room where it gets diffuse ...
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Why are my corn plant's leaves turning yellow?

Backstory: I picked up my Corn Plant about a month ago (January 21st) from a local nursery. The plant had just been watered and the lady told me that I will likely have to water it once a week. ...
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Is overhead watering bad for all flowering plants?

What about ground covers that flower (e.g. dianthus)? I understand that a little bit of an overhead shower is needed now and then but ground covers are just too low and wide spread to be watered from ...
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perlite on its own for succulents

What is your experience with using perlite on its own for planting succulents? I add slow-release pellets for start-up, but will feed with liquid fertilizer when plants establish themselves. The ...
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Fittonia Root Rot (Overwatered)

I’ve had this plant for almost a year as my first plant. A few days ago I saw that it was starting to wilt, having had this issue before, I watered more, since the it usually wilted when I forgot to ...
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Fertilized reservoir for automated watering system

I would like to move forward and install an automated watering system for my home plants that grow in growing tent. Today I’m watering x3 times in a week, each watering is for 4liters of fertilized ...
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What are these brown spots on my rubber plant?

I just discovered these brown spots on some of the lower leaves of my 2-year-old ficus rubber plant. Are these due to some kind of scale bug? I water the plant about once a week and only if the soil ...
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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 ...