Watering Your Containers

Potted plants depend on you for all their needs, and since they can dry out within hours in summer, giving them a life-saving drink is a top priority. Here are some effective watering methods to save you time and minimize waste.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
Collect Water in Rain Barrel for Mature Plants DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Water

Potted plants need watering all year round, except in freezing conditions. In winter, the rain may do it for you, but keep checking because foliage can act like an umbrella, or a wall can create a dry spot. Water in the early morning or evening when evaporation rates are lowest. Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater for watering mature potted plants; use tap water for seedlings and young plants.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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