Immediately after planting, water your container garden thoroughly. Use a watering can with a rose or the gentle shower setting on a hose end sprayer. You may have to water the pot several times over the course of a few minutes to completely soak soil. If you’re planting in one area and will display your pots in another, place your pots in their final destination before watering. (Wet soil is heavier to carry.)
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Water plants effectively and efficiently by testing different irrigation methods and learning how well your soil holds water. Don’t judge when to water based on wilting leaves. Some plants naturally wilt under the midday sun, and plants also wilt when soil is too wet. Before watering, shove your finger into soil as far as you can and pull it out. If it comes out dry and clean or you can’t even shove it into soil, you need to water. If soil sticks to your finger or feels moist, don’t water. When watering, deliver water directly to soil to reduce the amount lost to evaporation. Soaker hoses, drip irrigation, micro-irrigation and bubblers all deliver water directly to soil. If using a traditional sprinkler, make sure it’s not watering surrounding grass, sidewalk or driveway.
The way to avoid overwatering is to give plants water only when they need it. Don’t follow a rigid schedule, such as watering every weekend. Instead, water only when soil is dry to the degree that’s right for that particular plant.
Find a watering can that you like and can handle easily. Look for one that isn’t too heavy when full of water and doesn’t tilt awkwardly toward the spout end when full. Plastic watering cans are lighter than some metal cans. Cans with a long spout can be tricky to control because you can’t see where the water is in the spout once you tilt the can.
Rose suggests watering your terrarium with a dropper or turkey baster, or try “a watering can with a thin spout that can direct the water to the soil just under the leaves.” The absorbent florist foam will take up the excess water. Trim back plants as flowers fade or leaves grow tall.
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