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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Can you use the leftover water from watering one plant to water other plants?

After watering a potted plant, the tray the pot is on sometimes has a significant amount of leftover water in it. It's usually got some soil in it and occasionally gets a light tea color to it. Can ...
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To water or not to water a plant right before near frost temps in mid-Spring?

Is a plant, whether in the ground or in a pot outside, more resistant to frost damage when it's soil is drier or freshly watered? context: mid-Spring right as hardwood trees are budding. I'm mainly ...
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Cayenne pepper plants has spotted leaves? What's the cause?

I've been growing Cayenne pepper plants for a while now on my windowsill. They seem pretty healthy, tall, green and they're starting to flower! But some plants leaves are starting to spot. It's like ...
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Why is my palm tree not coming back to life?

It's been yellow like this since the winter and no amount of water can make it green. What's the problem here?
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Raised bed soil repairing

I moved into a new house where there was an aluminum raised bed. Let us call this bed A. I made a wooden bed 10inches deep. Let us call this bed B. Bed A was there before I came and the soil looked ...
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Ipomoea / Morning Glory leaves “engraved” with whitish, silvery patches

I hope you can help me identify the problem with these Ipomoeas (Morning Glory). It's actually two varieties of seeds I sowed together: Ipomoea Violacea (those with tinnier leaves, I'm not sure) ...
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Why are my houseplants dying off one by one? (Peace Lilly, Dracaena, English Ivy)

What is going on with the plants below? I can't post pictures of them all as I don't have enough rep on this particular site. I use a hygrometer -which I thought was working fine- to time watering, ...
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“Reading” terracotta pot tips

For all my plants I'm using unglazed terracotta pots, mostly just because that's the pots my father was using and for the "authentic look". Then I found out that really nice property of ...
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House plant watering habit

I've been attempting to have house plants for the last year or two, and have difficulty with getting watering right. Particularly, I've found that I consistently end up with my plants getting too dry....
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Why is my mint plant drying out?

My mint plant (bought about 2 months back) is drying and the leaves are going brown. The stems have fallen to the sides as well. I dried it out a few times and changed its position but I'm not sure ...
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How long and when to drip irrigate potted tomato plants?

I have ½GPH (gallons per hour) drippers watering 3' tall tomato plants in pots. How long and when should I set the timer to water them? They are in an arid climate.
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Leaving succulents in the sun for 2 weeks without watering

I'm about to leave for 2 weeks and the days are just stating to become sunny. I have a few succulents on a windowsill (on a south-facing window), and I'm wondering how they'll cope with this. I ...
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How can I revive these house plants

This first house plant/tree I bought around 6 months ago here in London UK, I water it every few days or so, but haven't changed the soil or repotted it. Most of the leaves have since fallen, it does ...
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How should I water my tall fescue lawn if I want to let it go dormant during the summer months?

If I want my turf type tall fescue lawn to go dormant June-September in transition zone, how often and how much per watering should I give the lawn? I'm in Virginia.
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How and how often to water ZZ plant leaf cuttings

I have made 3 leaf cuttings of my ZZ plant and planted the leaves in pots on a window sill. I am confused about the watering of the cuttings. I have read conflicting information and now I don't know ...
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Proper care after repotting spider plant

I just repotted my spider plant (chlorophytum comosum ocean) away from a deep pot without drainage holes. Back when I planted it in this pot, I made a structure out of plastic pots placed at the ...
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Opuntia is slouching after repotting

About 24 hours ago I repotted my Opuntia (Specie ID is Subulata but pictures look a bit different than my plant). The plant is now slouching in a way akin to how it slouches when I neglect watering it ...
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Can I use water from the clothes dryer to water plants?

My clothes dryer produces a few liters of water a week and rather than throwing it down the drain, I thought it might be put to better use by watering the plants with it. I think it should almost ...
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Spider plant leaves becoming discolored, thin and droopy

I purchased a Chlorophytum Comosum in October 2016. It's 3 or 4 separate plants. I moved it from its 10cm diameter plastic pot into one that's roughly 15 cm and about 20 cm deep, without drainage. ...
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How do I repot an avocado?

My avocado tree is just a little bit over 1 1/2 feet (45cm) tall. Will it survive if I put it in soil? If so, how do I replant it? For example, I'd like to know what size of pot, type of soil, ...
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Why should you usually not place pebbles, rocks etc at the bottom of a container?

We know that it's a myth that placing rocks, pebbles, broken clay pots etc at the bottom of a container filled with a potting mix improves drainage, and there are various mentions and differing ...
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How should I drain an overly watered potted plant?

Sometimes one leaves a potted plant in the care of people who then proceed to overwater your plants. If rot ensues, you may be forced to repot the whole plant which can be messy, and tricky if it's a ...
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Why do some people use ice cubes at the roots of outdoor plants to help them flower?

I once recall my late aunt saying that she used to place ice cubes on some of her plants to help them flower outside. The sad thing is, I don't even remember which plant she was talking about, and ...
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Is a self-watering pot viable for indoor gardening in the long term?

I got a big self watering pot with 3 different plants. After some weeks it got some mold (something like this, but I got it earlier) in it and after trying some stuff in the internet I ended up ...
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Are the drooping leaves on my Snake Plant caused by the amount of watering?

I have a Snake Plant, Sansevieria trifasciata. As you can see, around the edges of the tip, the color and stiffness of the leaf/stem changed. It is pulpy now. This leaf is also drooping heavy on the ...
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water use for blue spruce outside natural environment? [closed]

I live below the natural range of blue spruce in a hot grassland habitat. How much water does a blue spruce need to thrive in this hot dry landscape?
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Buds don't blossom on Chilli plant ( bud drop )

I have a green chilli plant. For the past 2 months, the flowers on the plant have never bloomed. There are a lot of buds but instead of blooming, they just dry off. What is going wrong? I water the ...
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Why shouldn't I water a Blue Spruce tree during and after transplanting it?

I live in Massachusetts, Northeastern United States, in Hardiness Zone 6, where the temperatures get down to −10°F (−23.3°C). We're getting to the coldest time right now, although so far this year has ...
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When should I repot a newly planted potato?

I recently planted a potato in my cubicle at work (don't ask why, long story) in a pot that is much too small for the potato. The soil that I used was completely bone dry, it had been sitting in a ...
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How do I grow Wasabi?

I would like to grow Wasabi. My climate seems, according an old Times World Atlas, very similar to the (central) Japanese one. But on documentaries I've seen on TV, it seems that Wasabi grows in wet ...
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My cactus is turning brown on top. Is this usual?

I've just bought this cactus and it's turning brown. I'm wondering if it's because I watered it too much or because of the changing weather? (We rarely have cold days here and it's started to get cold ...
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How do I facilitate longer and even growth?

I would like to know if I should cut off the leaves in the middle to facilitate longer and even growth to match the sides? The 2 sides are growing but as you can see, it is yellow. Should I spray ...
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Should I water new sod in the winter?

Part of my yard was dug up for utility work. They filled it in and put sod down. I'm in US Midwest and winter is upon us. The low temperatures have just recently begun dipping below freezing, highs ...
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How can I automatically water my mushrooms?

I am growing mushrooms indoors on coffee waste, and I am trying to find a DIY system to water them automatically. Basically, the reasons why it is different than watering plants are: - You don't know ...
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Potato vine is it surviving or dying? [closed]

Does anyone have experience with Potato vines? I recently planted some in front of my fence (front-yard). They look like they are spreading out a bit with runners, but overall the leaves and stems ...
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Should I heat water first and let it cool before watering in winter?

Winter is approaching. It gets cold here. Cold water. Would the cold water shock the roots of the plants or not?
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Can drained water from potted plants be used again to water another house plant?

I'm wondering if it's okay to use water that has drained through a houseplant to water another plant. Is it safe for both the other plant and the soil? What I mean is that we use at least 500ml (2 ...
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Is there a soil sieving and packing procedure to ensure equal moisture distribution?

I would like to know if there's a way to ensure every sample has the same initial conditions when performing soil experiments. The samples are going to be enclosed in containers of 13 cm height and 18 ...
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Ideal plants for rental property?

We have a rental property in zone 9. I planted bungleweed, salvia guarantica (blue black), firebush, lantana, ligustrum japonica, Pink muhly grass, dwarf lemon tree, camellia and others 2 years ago. ...
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Looking for a non-kink hose and variable spray nozzle with NO LEAKS [closed]

I'm interested in your opinions about the best nonleaking hose nozzle. I love all the different variable sprays and I do use them. But it drives me crazy when it drips on my feet. I've probably tried ...
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My sunflowers are dying. What to do?

A few weeks ago I bought a sunflower plant, the ones sold in big hardware stores with one flower that come in a 6" pot. So I moved it to a bigger 12" round pot the day after buying it. As of today, ...
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Should I water before or after a tomato feed?

I'm just back from a few days away and my tomatoes need to be watered (they were watered almost daily by friends while I was away, but it hasn't rained in awhile so they need watering). I also want ...
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Will Hydrangeas Next to a Freshwater Seawall Suffer from Occasional Flooding?

I am considering planting some hydrangeas next to the seawall at a freshwater lake. Normally the water level is about 14" below the top of the soil but about twice a month the water level will rise to ...
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Automatic watering timers keep flooding

I've had two different automatic water timers (this and this). Each one has worked pretty well for 2-3 years but eventually leaked internally and ruined the electronics. I take pretty good care of ...
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Song of India(Dracaena Reflexa) getting yellow-brown leaves

Water Regime: When the top soil feels dry to the touch. 1 litre of water every 7th day(cause they can do well with dry condition, right?). Placement & Light: Sitting right against the Northern ...
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What part of sunchokes is the last part to stop showing signs of overwatering?

I accidentally overwatered my sunchokes, and they started turning red, so now I'm watching them heal back to a very healthy plant. What part of them heals last?
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Plum Glory tree seems to be dying [closed]

We bought a plum glory tree recently but it doesn't seem to be doing very well. It seemed perfectly happy when we bought it and it's started growing a few plums (They are still green). However since ...
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Why the water drained by my pot is yellow?

Whenever I water my Dracena Reflexa(song of India, Song of Jamaica), pale yellow water runs out of the drainage hole. Is this normal or something wrong with the soil?
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How long should I wait before watering my Cat's Claw vines in high heat?

I was told to water everyday in summer time. I live in Las Vegas and we have had a heat wave for a week with temps over 110 °F. I watered each day and the 6 vines all are losing their leaves and ...
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A good way to take care of Pelargonium

How often should they be watered? How much? Any parts that need cutting off? I have one potted plant which is pretty grown. And has pink flowers. Thanks!

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