If you are a plant lover, you have most likely begun prepping your garden for another season of growing! Nothing is more satisfying than watching your seedlings transform into bright, blooming plants and flowers. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to have a healthy and thriving garden, and it is devastating when those strenuous hours result in withered, sick plants.
There is more to ensuring the health of your garden than picking the right soil and following a watering schedule. In fact, plants often die from being improperly watered. People don’t realize the amount of damage their preferred watering tools and methods are actually doing.
Watering from the Top
When you notice your plants are looking a little dry, your first instinct is to water them from the top. While you think your plant is happily drinking up all the water you drenched it in, it is really begging for more! Sprinklers, hoses, and watering jugs aren’t able to penetrate deep enough into the soil, at least 6 to 12 inches, and the roots of your plants are unable to soak up as much water as they need. This results in your plants having shallow, inefficient root systems that grow along the surface. The overly dry soil is even worse for outdoor plants during the hotter months because most water is lost to evaporation. It is impossible for a garden to thrive very long under these conditions, and you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of your labor.
Watering from the Bottom
The second common method is to water your plants from the bottom by letting them sit in a tray or saucer of water for up to 30 minutes. While this method allows water to reach the roots quickly and is more suitable for plants that are prone to leaf spotting, like African violets and Gloxinias, it is very easy to overwater your plants. Overwatering can lead to a number of problems that are difficult to reverse. Although the soil may appear wet, your plants don’t appear to be thriving. Their roots are actually rotting, causing their leaves to turn yellow and brown, and you may even notice lesions developing on the stems. This method doesn’t work if you have a large outdoor garden.
Watering with a Water Blossom
So, what’s the best method for sustaining your garden and the life of your plants? Watering your plants with a Water Blossom. Our Water Blossom is designed to easily break past the hard surface layer of the soil and carry water directly to the roots, which allows them to grow deeper. It’s also great for applying liquid fertilizer. Water flows from four different levels and directions through the Water Blossom stem, which ensures all of the soil is being quenched. This is especially helpful in avoiding dry pockets, which can cause roots to die. You won’t have to water your plants as frequently, and you can rest assured that they are being properly hydrated! Check out our Water Blossom creations online today and get your garden off to a good start this year.