Landscape Javier E. Del Río Mol; Manager of Jardinería Natural sl and Viveros Estepona.


The plants always need water.
However, not all have the same needs and these vary depending on the season and time. An irrigation suffocates the roots and any excess water shortages can also be harmful. It watering is therefore a matter of dosage and know how to do at the right time!

A good amount of water?

The amount of water that must be provided to a plant depends on several factors: their natural needs , the amount of rainwater that has been given to the texture of the soil , if sandy or clay , it is difficult to give exact measurements : a plant can manage without irrigation, while another must be given at least 100 to 200 liters of water per year.
It is important to report on the needs of the plants you plan to install or have already planted . Give priority to resisting drought if your soil is sandy or where the region receives less rain than elsewhere . In humid areas like the bottom of a valley, or near rivers, not try to cultivate plants that have low water needs .

Lack of irrigation

If the leaves of a plant are soft , irrigation is urgent. With experience, we realize the lack of irrigation : the leaves lose their luster, they are more dull than usual. Plants wither very often need more frequent and regular irrigations: increase amount to each irrigation in clay soil or increase their frequency.

In trees

In trees and shrubs, the need for water is harder, because the branches do not bend. A premature yellowing of leaves, an abnormally limited growth, even a bloom out of season, are signs of a lack of water.
Some plants manifested in a very strange way the lack of water. For example tomatoes for water roll their leaves.

Too much water is a risk?

Watering properly is not over water. Many plants suffer in soil soaked generous watering. This is the case of roses, which will develop root diseases and then die. Hedges and evergreens such as eleagnos (Eleagnus) who will take on a yellow tint. If excess last long, they will lose their leaves and die. We must reduce the risks, touch the ground before watering again, even if it is damp to the touch, wait a little longer.

Silver foliage plants may turn yellow when they receive too much water. Often become less hairy, with less gray appearance. The stems are slender, as starry. Their tissues suffer from aphids and numerous biting insects that prey on your weakness.


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