what is the best time?? - Knowledgebase Question

elmont, Ne
Question by nathanyariel
August 7, 2008
hi i'm starting my first garden and i want to know when is the best time to put water on my plants,bulbs,etc.??? someone told me that the best time is in the morning and another people told me in the afternoon after the sun gone.what is the true???thanks

Answer from NGA
August 7, 2008


I think the best time to water is in the morning. First, it helps prepare the plants for all the growing and flowering they're going to do that day, and second, it gives the leaves a chance to dry out before nightfall. If you water in the afternoon when the temperature is hot and the sun is bearing down on the plants, the water droplets left on the leaves can magnify the sun's rays and cause little burn spots in the leaves. Finally, watering late afternoon or early evening can allow moisture to remain on the plants overnight, which can encourage diseases. So, if you have a choice, water in the morning.

Best wishes with your first garden!

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