Bloem Easy Pour Watering Can, 2.6 Gallon, Black (20-47287CP)
- 2-in-1 Adjustable water spout rotates to offer a light shower or heavy stream depending on the needs of the plant. Spout can be removed for cleaning.
- Thick wall structure - no creasing or leaking. Filling hole is located on the side so the handles don't get in the way
- 100-Percent UV stabilized polypropylene plastic ensures long lasting color and withstands extreme weather conditions + BPA free
Essential tips for watering in summer
It is the most repeated phrase of the summer: "Wow, how hot it is!" If they could talk, our plants would tell us the same thing. And they would add: "Wow, I'm thirsty!" For them, the expressions "dying of heat" or "dying of thirst" can be literal. Logically, with the summer heat they need to hydrate more, but beware! Not all plants are watered in the same way , nor do they need the same amount of water, or the same frequency of irrigation to be well hydrated. Watering does not consist of pouring water without rhyme or reason, we must take into account many factors: the biology of the plant, the type of pot, the substrate, the place where it is located, the time ...
To make it easy for you, Jardineamos tells you the keys so that your plants — and your lawn — are perfect all summer. Healthy, happy and well hydrated.
1. To each plant its water
Treating all plants equally is a very common mistake. Each plant has different needs for light, temperature, humidity, substrate ... And also water, of course. There are plants that require very little quantity, even in summer, such as cacti, shrubs, vines or aromatic plants (except mint). And others, on the other hand, need you to water them and spray their leaves daily , especially if they stay in the sun for many hours. Some species are very sensitive and must be watered by placing a dish of water under the pot. Acidophilic plants do not like tap water, with too much lime. Plants that are in the flowering or fruiting phase require more water.
So, the first thing is to inform yourself about the biology of your plants . As a general guideline, with its exceptions, plants with larger leaves and less light requirements tend to need more water.
2. Don't dry me ... or drown me
Logically, in the hottest months the plants need more hydration. But this does not necessarily mean a lot of water. It is more serious to water too much than to water too little; Oddly enough, many more plants die from excess water — literally drowned — than from lack of irrigation . If you water too much, the water does not let air into the substrate and, consequently, the roots cannot breathe, the plant withers and dies. Excess moisture also facilitates the appearance of fungi and other diseases that damage the roots.
As a rule, the water should reach the roots sufficiently but without puddling the earth; and trying to do it evenly, that is, distributing the water throughout the irrigation area.
3. The best time to water
In outdoor plants, the best time to water in summer is at dusk or early in the morning , when it is not too hot. In this way, the water will be better used by the plants. Also, high temperatures can evaporate the water before it reaches the roots. Also keep in mind that plants in full sun will lose more moisture through perspiration and evaporation.
Also be careful with the leaves . If they are kept wet at night they can end with mold; And if they stay wet in the sun, the magnifying glass effect can cause burns.
4. Be careful with the frequency of irrigation
It is a fundamental issue that depends on several factors. First, if the plants are in pots, they must be watered more often , as they have less substrate to retain moisture and, therefore, the roots end up with the water reserve earlier. The size and material of the pot also have an influence : the larger it is, the more water it can store; and porous materials like wood or ceramic retain less moisture than a plastic pot. The type of substrate is also very important : clayey ones retain more moisture because they are not very breathable, the opposite of cactus substrates; the most recommended is the universal substrate, which has a balanced relationship between retention, nutrients and oxygenation.
5. Don't waste water
The rule of thumb is to water as much as necessary and as little as possible . The ideal is to install an automated irrigation system with a humidity sensor; drip irrigation is more efficient versus sprinkler or hose. But there are also other ways to save water when it is most scarce, which is in summer: collect rainwater, with drums, cisterns, ponds or any other method of collection; group the plants into zones according to their irrigation needs, so you can water each zone independently; place padding at the base of the plants to retain moisture; the wind dries the plants a lot, protect them with hedges, trees, fences, etc .; choose native plants, which do not need irrigation, as they are supplied by rain ...
6. And some tips for watering the lawn
-The watering must be abundant and regular (in summer, once a day minimum); the important thing is that the water reaches the roots, it does not stay on the leaves. But be careful not to puddle the soil, as it can cause fungi and diseases.
-Use more water in sandy areas , and less in clay soils , shaded areas and hollows.
-The best times to water are first thing in the morning and before sunset. It is not advisable to water at night , since the water does not evaporate causes the appearance of fungi.
-If the grass is freshly cut, it will need more water, as the sunlight affects it more.
How to water the plants correctly?
Watering is one of the most important tasks that every gardener must do. Without water, plants cannot live and, therefore, produce flowers or fruit . But sometimes it is not easy to control; and if we take into account that extremes are very detrimental to the health of our plant beings ... things can get much more complicated.
To make it easier for you, it's time to offer you a series of tips on how to water your plants correctly .
Check the humidity of the soil
To control more or less irrigation it is important to check the humidity of the soil or substrate. Each of the plants that we have on the patio or in the garden has its own water needs; for example, flowering plants or palm trees need slightly less water than grass .
In order to avoid problems, you must first make sure that the soil or substrate really needs water, but how? Very easy:
Small plant (flowers, shrubs, cacti, etc.): if we want to know that a small plant that is planted in the garden has to be watered, what we will do is dig a little (no more than 10-15cm depending on its size the plant) not far from the trunk or main stem. If it is wet, at that depth we would see that the earth has a darker color.
Large plant (tree, palm, bamboo, etc.): in these cases the ideal would be to go deeper, about 20cm.
Substrate : there are different ways to know if the substrate is wet or dry:
Weigh the pot once it is watered and again after a few days: when it is wet it weighs slightly more than when it is dry, so this difference in weight can serve as a guide.
Introduce a digital humidity meter: when it is introduced it will instantly tell us what degree of humidity there is. To make it more useful, it is advisable to introduce it in other areas of the pot (closer to the trunk or stem of the plant, further away ...).
Dig a bit on the surface: you don't have to go too deep, especially if it's a plant that has been in the pot for a long time. It will suffice with about 5-15cm depending on the size of the pot (the deeper it is, the more it can be deepened).
Soak the soil or substrate well
Irrigation is not just pouring water. If we want the entire root system to be hydrated, it is necessary that, when we water, the entire soil or the entire substrate is well soaked . For this reason, it is not advisable to pour only one glass of water every X days, because that glass can only be useful if a small pot is watered.
If we have plants that are in pots , regardless of the season of the year we are in, we have to water until the water comes out through the drainage holes and, above all, until we notice that its weight has increased. In the case that they are garden plants , it will depend on the type of soil that it is and the size of the plant itself, but to make sure it is always more advisable to add something more than what we would really put in.
In order to save water , it is highly advisable to install a drip irrigation system , which will slowly moisten both the soil and the substrate, allowing the roots to absorb it.
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Size and Weight
Most watering cans hold between 1 and 2 gallons. Those on the smaller end are ideal for houseplants, and larger capacity watering cans are best for establishing newly planted shrubs, flowers, and seedlings.
Most watering cans hold between 1-2.5 gallons of water and are made from plastic, ceramic, or metal. Watering cans have been used since the 17th century (or earlier) and since then have seen countless design improvements.
Uses. This farm tool is used for the light irrigation of crops in the dry season to prevent them from wilting and dying. It is also used to apply liquid fertilizer, wetting of cement blocks with water during construction of farm structures, and application of water to seedlings in the nursery.
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Water thoroughly, using a fine-rose watering can or sprinkler.
- Upgrade the watering can on a day when the weather forecast for the next day is for rain.
- Upgrade it on Spring 27, Fall 27 or Winter 27. ...
- Upgrade it on any day in the Winter (except Winter 28) if you're not growing one of the few crops, all Winter forage, that can grow then.
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The two most basic kinds of watering cans are either metal or plastic. Plastic tends to be a bit less expensive and is generally not that durable but these watering cans are lightweight and easy to tote. Metal cans last longer, provided they are galvanized and resist rust.
A watering can with a long spout is useful for watering high or tricky to reach spots such as hanging baskets and a watering can rose over the spout helps distribute a gentle spray of water that's less likely to damage plants or disturb compost and is useful for watering seedlings and young plants.
A giant watering can constructed of galvanised steel was constructed for Utica Zoo, New York, USA. It weighs 907.1 kg (2000 lb) and measures 4.7 m (15.5 ft) high with a diameter of 3.65 m (12 ft). It arrived at the zoo by truck on 5 December 2000.
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Fill the plastic bottle with water, and then quickly turn it over and plunge it into the first few inches of soil in the pot. Make sure the bottle is not too close to your plant and that the bottle is deep enough that the soil covers the holes. The water will slowly leak out of of the bottle as the soil dries out.
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