The 'worst mistake' gardeners can make watering their plants in hot weather

Gardening enthusiasts should take note that the summer season demands particular attention to watering routines to ensure their cherished plants flourish. Ensuring your plants are adequately watered is crucial for their survival and growth, especially during the warmer months.

Plant specialists at Phostrogen highlight that a staggering 80 percent of a plant's makeup is water, with roots being the sole channel for absorption, underscoring the importance of correct watering practices. In the sweltering heat, your garden's flora, including vegetables, may require a refreshing drink twice daily, depending on their exposure.

A common blunder among gardeners during this period is mistiming their watering, which can be detrimental, reports the Express.

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QVC's gardening aficionado Mark Lane cautions against one of the "worst mistakes" in hot weather: watering plants "at the wrong time".

So, what's the optimal moment for this vital gardening task? According to Phostrogen's plant experts, mornings are preferable in spring and autumn, but evenings are better in summer to avoid scorching the plants under the intense midday sun.

Watering in the evening minimises evaporation, ensuring plants benefit fully from the hydration provided.

However, if your schedule allows you to do it really early, Mark advocates for an early morning watering schedule, suggesting "the best time" is when it's cooler outside, ideally between 5-9am.

Mark has highlighted the benefits of watering plants in the early morning, explaining that it will "result in less water lost to evaporation" as temperatures rise throughout the day.

While timing is crucial, so too is the amount of water used. Despite plants' increased thirst in hot weather, a moderate approach is advised, with less being more when it comes to the highest temperatures.

Henry Bartlam, the founder of Dig, advises against giving "plants a daily light sprinkling of water".

He advocates for a more thorough approach: "better to give them a good soak every couple of days (especially in warmer weather) than a quick splash every day".

He notes that while there's no exact science, a good indicator of proper watering is soil that remains moist without drying out too quickly, suggesting "you've probably done a good job".

However, he cautions gardeners: "Be careful not to overwater and saturate the soil though - not only could this eventually damage the plants, but also wastes valuable water."