How to - Organic Gardening

The best ways to water

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Efficient irrigation techniques can make all the difference to your plants—and the planet

Quick fact 1
Most plants need more hydration at critical times in their life cycles, such as when they are young and growing quickly, after transplanting, while setting buds and when fruit or seeds are developing. Note that shallow-rooted plants need closer monitoring for signs of dehydration than deep-rooted specimens, which are better able to tap into groundwater.

Quick fact 2
It's a myth that water droplets act as lenses on plant tissue, causing scorching; if it were true, plants would be reduced to smouldering heaps when the sun comes out after a rain shower!

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