watering and feeding - Knowledgebase Question

Hiawassee, GA
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Question by mimi2115
May 5, 2007
Is it myth or real that you cannot feed or water your plants in the sun? Will the leaves get burnt? Which is better watering in the morning or evening? Does it make a difference on what food you use, Mircle grow, Mirid Acids on varius plants.

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2007
There is some truth to what you've heard. If you water during the heat of the day, and if water droplets remain on the leaves for some time, they could magnify the sun's rays and cause a burn. There are two schools of thought on watering; some gardeners water in the early morning, to prepare their plants for the heat of the day; others water in the evening, to help rehydrate them after a long day in the sun. Either way will work, as long as you try to keep water off the foliage, especially in the evening. If water remains on the leaves at night it could make your plants susceptible to fungal diseases. As for fertilizers, Miracle Gro and Miracid are both acid based, which is good if your area has alkaline soil or if you're growing plants that appreciate acidified soil (azaleas, for instance). Hope this answers all your questions!

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