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I am having to water the garden morning to mid afternoon in full sun due to the new shifts at work will this cause any problems with the plants knowing that it’s not recommended



No, it's fine really. Imagine how many plants in nature would get knackered after a short summer shower of rain if it was true. It's more a problem for some plants under glass.

We water all day outside at work and this is a relatively common comment from a few customers. I put them right discretely of course!

27 Jun, 2010


But why do you need to water in any case? We never water the actual garden itself, only pots and the undercover stuff.

27 Jun, 2010


I agree with you Owdboggy. I never water mine either, just newly planted things. I'm assuming Steveg1966's plants are shallow rooted bedding?

I must add though that as we have had no rain in SE Northumberland for ages, some plants in my mums garden are showing a little stress (five year old Cornus kousa).

27 Jun, 2010


Sorry I do mean tubs

27 Jun, 2010


Actually I've observed that the tender new growth of some plants (in the garden, if not in nature exactly) do get knackered by strong summer sun after a shower, Magnolias seem particularly susceptible. Generally speaking though, if a plant needs watering then that's far more important to it's health and welfare then the possibility of causing scorch to the foliage.

If you're watering containers/tubs then just keep the hose/can etc. low down and try to avoid splashing water on the foliage, and you'll have no problems whatsoever.

27 Jun, 2010


Interesting, I have noticed before that my local nursery seem to be hosing things at any time at all during the day.

27 Jun, 2010


The way I look at it is that I get extremely dry and thirsty if I go without a drink for long and I feel the same about my garden...

27 Jun, 2010


With no rain for last 2 weeks ,my garden [both tubs and actual garden] need watered every night . If I didn,t water then plants would not flourish !!

27 Jun, 2010


Agree with Ilex - water when you are able to, Steve - it is better either early morning or in the evening, but needs must - just don't get water on the foliage, water the compost and not the plants.
And Bryony, garden centres water constantly because they don't have a choice - they have thousands and thousands of pots to keep watered and their staff don't work in the evenings.

28 Jun, 2010

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