Watering in the summer: How much is too much?
One of the most important things we tell our customers is this: When it's hot outside, you HAVE to water your plant enough. Without it, you're almost ensuring its death. But there is another side to the watering coin; too much watering can have the same outcome as not enough.
So how do you know how much is too much? There are some simple signs you can look for:
1. Your plant is wilting, but it looks like it has plenty of water.
As much as your plant must have water to survive, over watering can easily drown it. Your plant has to have oxygen to survive. There are pockets of air within your soil, and if you are over watering, those pockets get filled with water. without oxygen, your plant is bound to drown.
2. The tips of the leaves are turning brown or yellow.
This is one of the quickest ways to know that you're over watering your plants. The leaves will be brown and limp; not dry. If the leaves are dry and crispy, then you're under watering your plants.
3. You notice the leaves falling off the plant.
When leaves are falling prematurely, or buds are not blooming at all, it's a sure sign you are over watering the plant.
The heat of summer can be a death sentence for your plants, but over watering can as well. The best thing you can do is keep the soil moist by watering when the top 1 inch (tip of your finger) feels dry to the touch and to be aware of the symptoms listed above.
If you aren't sure whether you're over watering or not, give us a call. We're always happy to help our customers as they work to keep their plants healthy for years to come. We can be reached by phone at (850) 270-0511 or toll free at (855) 817-5268. We're also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.