For Beginners: How to Water Your Greenhouse Plants

Man watering a plant in greenhousePlants housed in closed ecosystems like standard greenhouses and geodesic domes require more attention and care than plants in outdoor gardens. For one, your garden plants could get some water from the occasional rain, but the plants inside your greenhouse would need to depend on you for water.

Here are some practical tips for watering your greenhouse plants:

When to Water Your Plants

Familiarize yourself with the humidity level of your greenhouse and get to know the basic watering requirements of every plant species. Water your plants ideally very early in the morning before the sun comes up or late in the evening when the sun has retired for the day because these are the times when the temperature is at its lowest.

For plants that require lots of water, regularly check them to see how they look, whether they’re fully turgid or wilting. If possible, lift the plant to check its weight. If it’s light, water it. Also, if the compost feels dry and powdery, water the plant.

No High Pressure

Greenhouse plants must ideally be watered with an easy, yet consistent water stream such as that from a watering can. Avoid a high-pressure stream as this could splash water around and then lead to the spread of diseases as well as fungi growth. Stop watering when you see water starting to on the soil or running out from the bottom of the pot.

Consider the Season

During the summer season, plants in your greenhouse would need to be watered more regularly than in winter, fall, or spring so keep a closer eye on them during hot weather.

Depending on the kind of plants you have, consider allowing them to dry out from time to time. While some plants require moist soil, a majority of common greenhouse plants fare better when allowed to dry out. To dry out your plants, resist the urge to water them several times (unless really necessary) a day and instead, only water them when you feel the topmost portion, about two inches, of the soil is completely dry.

The right watering technique is vital to develop quality and uniform plants, minimize the spread of diseases, and control growth. While it would take you some time to get that hang of it, your efforts would be worth it when you see your plants flourish.

Posted on by Nihonmagazine in Wellness Zone

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