Watering Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pauly7
July 21, 1999
Is it okay to water vegetables ( lettuce, squash, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes) at night? I've heard that mildew can be easily spread through the vegetables if they are watered at night.

Answer from NGA
July 21, 1999
The rumor you've heard is true. It's never a good idea to water in the late evening because the leaves will remain wet for prolonged periods of time, making them more susceptible to disease. If you have a choice, the optimal time to water is very early in the morning. This will give the plants a long, cool drink of water to prepare them for the hot summer sunshine, and still allow the leaves to dry before nightfall.

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