How Much to Water Plants & How to Save a Dying Plant

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By: Meredith Witthar | Kristina Guerrero | Victor Padilla Posted: 10:29 AM, May 17, 2019 Updated: 10:33 AM, May 17, 2019

Whether you’re a serial plant-killer or a green thumb genius, there are tricks to keeping your garden growing. So with the help of Agriscaping co-founder Justin Rohner, we’re learning about how much to water plants and how to save a dying plant.


1. How Much to Water Plants


Let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into how much to water plants. Everyone knows the grass is greener where you water it, but are you overwatering? “If you’re overwatering, […] the leaves will actually shrivel and stay green and then they start turning black,” says Justin. “That means I’m likely overwatering and rotting my roots.”


Justin has another common sign of too much water. “The leaves, though still rigid, will turn yellow, and that’s usually an indicator that there’s so much water that it’s suffocating the roots from allowing them to draw up the nitrogen, and causing that yellowness on the roots,” he adds. Good to know!


2. Are You Underwatering?


When determining how much to water plants, you’ll also have to ask if you’re underwatering. “If I’m underwatering, what I’m gonna see is just a little bit of wilt from the leaves of the plant, and that means I need to water it again,” advises Justin. And if you’re second guessing yourself, test the soil! “If you can reach down and just dig your finger in and it’s still moist at an inch down, you don’t want to water it,” adds Justin. But if it’s dry, then your plant is trying to tell you it’s thirsty, so it will continue to grow.


3. How to Save a Dying Plant


Finally, let’s discuss how to save a dying plant. Luckily, Justin has an easy trick for you to generate regrowth! “Another thing to be checking in your garden is your flowers,” he says.“If you want them to continue to bloom for you, what you need to do is you need to pinch them off.” When your blooms are starting to wilt, it’s time to pick them off right at the stem. “By pinching them off, it invigorates additional flowers to grow,” adds our expert. “If they continue to just wilt on the plant, no additional flower will be growing on that plant. So for marigolds, pansies, petunias – all those varieties do better when I can pinch off my flower ends.” You can even use this technique on herbs like basil and rosemary!


Are you excited to start gardening yet?! Now you know a little more about how much to water plants and how to save a dying plant.


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