Watering During the Day
For a moment, let’s talk about watering plants during the day. Even though your plants grow indoors, they probably receive some sunlight.
Even if that doesn’t work, you can get some light from a light source, even if it’s artificial. After all, plants can’t live without light for very long.
Well, you just water your indoor plants during the day with your watering can. When the water is exposed to sunlight or artificial light, it can be absorbed more deeply into the soil. This allows the water to reach the roots and keep the plant healthy.
When a plant is exposed to a light source, it will also absorb water from the atmosphere. Now, this might sound like a bad thing, but it isn’t.
If you get too much water on a plant whether it’s an indoor or outdoor plant, the soil becomes waterlogged, meaning it doesn’t have enough oxygen and can essentially strangle your plant.
It would be difficult to breathe if you suddenly didn’t have enough oxygen. Your plants can also experience a similar problem. Too much water allows roots to rot, which could kill your plant.
Light is crucial for indoor plants, and artificial or natural light works just fine, but dim light levels might not be sufficient for absorption. Check which amount of artificial light your indoor plant receives.
Watering During the Night?
Now that you know the significance of light when you’re watering an indoor plant, you can see why many gardeners recommend not doing any watering at night. Unless we are referring to an outdoor plant, the light of the moon will not be sufficient to absorb water.
Sprinkler systems keep the plant receiving water all night long, even though it can’t absorb it all. Consequently, it can lose its life a lot quicker.
If you’re trying to grow indoor plants, then your setup is something a little different. The moonlight probably won’t even reach your home nor your apartment, so you can’t even use it as a source of light.
The worst part is that you’ll likely turn off all the lights in your home when you go to bed, leaving your indoor plants in the dark all night. You might be able to get water absorption from the light of dawn if the device is installed next to a window, but you would need more sunlight for this to be the case.
Here are a few possible problems that your indoor plants can develop if you only water them at night. Let’s discuss these in more depth now.
While more likely to happen to outdoor plants than indoor plants, we should consider the consequences of watering your plant in the cold. During the summer, you may keep your home at a freezing temperature or, in the winter, you might turn off your heater before you go to bed. Your houseplant is watered, and you head to your bedroom to snuggle under the covers.
That leaves the question of how cold you can get your indoor plant. You might be able to frost it artificially based on how cold the temperature is.
The excessive condensation of water in the air can cause frost. Some plants can die as a result if they do not evaporate enough. Having artificial frost in the area can adversely affect others, especially if the problem persists.
Having already touched on the damage that waterlogging can do to your plants, let’s take a closer look at it now. Plants require sunlight to survive.
Light is vital to their survival. Without light, a plant’s roots cannot absorb water and water droplets cannot evaporate, which makes them susceptible to harm.
This can result in your indoor plants becoming waterlogged. If you wake up after a week or two, you could find your plant has root rot. You may also notice the crown and stem of your plants look a bit worse for wear.
In addition, the soil you choose could cause damage to your indoor plant. The soil needs to be loose, not tight and compacted. Such soils can’t function well, causing water to get trapped in puddles before the plant can absorb it.
The final thing we want to mention is that watering your plants in the morning and again at night is not necessary. That’s likely a lot of water, and you can end up waterlogging the plant again.
Development of Pathogens
Plants have what are called stomata, which are tiny holes that allow water vapor to pass through. The whole process is known as transpiration. Light, particularly sunlight, is necessary to accomplish this.
The darkness reduces transpiration, which leads to a higher concentration of moisture on the outer surface of the plant, which makes it an attractive target for pathogens. Your indoor plant’s flowers and leaves can be damaged by these pesky insects, which can also cause a root rot.
You can allow your plant to breathe by opening a window at night, but it depends on how strong the wind is. Light winds are needed for it to happen.
Bacteria and Fungus Growth
Freshly watered plants can also be affected by bacteria and fungi on wet surfaces. If your plant is infected, it could lose its life. This is particularly true if it has already suffered damage.
Develop a Watering Schedule
Your indoor plants have survived some nighttime watering sessions in the past, but knowing what you do now, it’s not something you want to repeat again. The best way to achieve this is to find a reliable watering schedule that works for your lifestyle.
Choosing a scheduled watering time that you can stick with all seven days of the week is important. For example, if you do not get up early in the morning on weekends, then do not water at 7 a.m.
You may choose to water your plant after you get home from work at 5:30 p.m. during the summer when it’s still light out. The situation will change when autumn arrives and the winter sets in. As temperatures begin to drop, watering times will have to be raised.
Take note of when you water your plants. You can use an app or even a pen and paper if you’re a little more traditional. If you water your plant at the same time each day, make sure you track the date and time so you don’t accidentally water it twice.
You will eventually not have to remember when you water your plant so it will become a part of your daily routine.
Water at Night During Summer?
The summer sun can be particularly unforgiving, therefore, you may fear that it could quickly zap all the water out of your plants and leave them utterly barren.
It could be a good idea to water your plants at night so that the soil can absorb the water more easily. Is that the right idea?
It’s a good idea, but maybe you’re not making the right decision because vegetation indoors needs light for water absorption.
In the summer, if you wait until the night to water your plants, you’re putting them at risk of the problems we covered in this article.
Since your plant is indoors, it won’t be exposed to the full brunt of the sun during the summer months, so its chances of dying are much lower when it gets hot.
Even so, you can always water your plants before the sun sets if you want to be on the safe side.
What time of day do plants best absorb water?
We agree that the earlier in the day you water, the better. Most gardening experts recommend watering your plants in the morning.
Due to the weather, the temperature outside hasn’t yet reached its full potential. Your plant gets sunlight but without heat or cold.
In an indoor environment, the temperature component is not as important, but you should still water your plant in the morning. Though it’s okay to water your plant in the afternoon, people prefer watering their plants in the morning.