Four Watering Tools To Make Your Life Easier
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It’s great finding something that can shave off just a couple seconds off of a daily task. Watering is the not only the most difficult thing to get right, but the thing you have to do most often for your plants. Most people use one watering can, or maybe a cup, to water all of their plants. However there are many instances where a more specialized watering tool can be quite handy. Here is a list of products which save me time and energy on a daily basis, all related to watering.
1. Spray Bottle / Mister
An essential item for humidity loving plants. Any kind of tropical plant (which are the most common houseplants), African violets, air plants, and occasionally succulents will benefit from being misted with water. I like to mist in the mornings to simulate a morning dew. Leaves can absorb water, and it also raises the humidity momentarily. It can also dust off leaves which is important for light absorption, and fending off disease. I keep two, one for regular water, and another for my organic pesticide mix.
These pump sprayers are great for large groups of plants:
Heres a more stylish pump mister from Haws:
2. Hanging plant
This is an obvious one – Never get on a stool again! Just squeeze the bottle and the water will come out. Getting a stool, or taking a plant down to water every time is a small hassle that adds up, often resulting in a under-watered plant.
3. Squeeze bottle
These are usually used in tattoo shops or medical facilities, however they are SO helpful for watering small plants. Using a regular watering can, or even a cup, waters plants too quickly and displaces soil on plants that arein small pots. Displaced soil can expose roots to the sun which is bad, or just makes a mess. I have a bunch that I fill up all at the same time, then use them throughout the week. I have many small succulents, cacti and bonsai plants which are much easier to water with these.
4. Haws watering cans
This company has been making the most high quality traditional watering cans for over a hundred years. They have a wide range of cans for different budgets or size garden. The copper ones I find very beautiful just as an object to complement your garden. The plus with these cans is the great design of the spout. They have very fine holes which let water out gently, but also water wide areas. The head is detachable in case it needs to be cleaned as well. They also have a variety of specialty heads you can buy.
Some tips on watering:
Try to always water in the morning, so your plants can use the water throughout the day. Having a wet plant at night can lead to root rot, because of lower temperatures and lack of sun.
If you haven’t watered a plant in a while, the dry soil can take a while to absorb moisture. Which means if you heavily water the plant, right out of the gate, the water will just run down the side of the pot, and out through the hole. Which leaves the center of the soil dry, and a puddle of water in the saucer. Slowly watering is how you make sure the entire soil gets wet. Haws watering cans are great for slowly watering plants. I also use the squeeze bottles to gently water the surface of soil, which primes the soil before a deeper watering.
Humidity, temperature, size/design/material of your pot, soil mixture, sunlight and the time of year all affect how often you should water. This is often under-emphasized when seeking advice on watering. It takes lots of experimentation with each plant to really get a feel for the right schedule. General tips for watering each kind of plant will usually be fine, but to have your plants looking the best, these things need to be considered.