This is to teach you how to water a plant properly. We don’t need to say much about Dubai’s summers to convince you to take better care of your plant. Imagine spending a full day in the summer heat – how toasted would you be? Dubai is extremely hot and humid to say the least – especially during the summer time. Now that the weather is simmering down, your beautiful plants need to be replenished and taken care of again. Let’s take out those gardening tools.
Those of you who own plants know that there is no set of rules for watering plants – how you take care of them depends on the type of plant, the soil, the weather, the month…
Understanding your plant
A great way to get a feel of what’s going on with your plants is to lift the pot before you water. You’ll be able to gauge how heavy it should be when the soil inside the pot is evenly moistened. If it’s not heavy enough, keep watering slowly until water leaks out the bottom.
Make sure you’re not just watering the leaves or branches of your plants. You need to get to the roots at the core of plant and make sure these don’t stay dry. So don’t water too quickly and don’t water too much at once. Slow watering is the way to go.
Finally, push a gardening utensil into the soil near the plant to see how the soil feels and looks. If it feels moist for a few centimeters that’s great. If not, you’re killing your plant!
It’s all about the roots
Always remember – its not the leaves that need watering, it’s the roots that are the core of the plant. Watering the foliage can actually spread disease.
We cant stress this enough – don’t overdo it. It does more harm than good – not to mention it’s a waste of our most precious resource.
Water in the morning
Water late at night or in the early morning so that the plants can get the time to absorb the water. This is very important in a place like Dubai where the sun comes up most days of the year.
Invest in some tools
Get a soaker hose or drip irrigation system instead of a sprinkler. Don’t forget the lawn-mower if you have grass.
Water, water, water
Water at the base of the plants and in hot weather, soak your plants at two or three day intervals, rather than just sprinkling water over them every day.