When watering outdoor plants the time of day you choose to water can impact the plants’ health. The best time to water outdoor in-ground plants is in the morning. By watering your plants in the morning, the plants get water when the temperatures are cooler preventing evaporation. They also have all day to soak in the water.
If you're unable to water in the morning, the next best time to water outdoor in-ground plants is the evening when it's cooler. However the water doesn’t always get absorbed as well which can lead to rot, fungal growth and insects. Watering in the hot afternoon is the least effective time because the water evaporates instead of being absorbed by the soil and roots.
If you have indoor container plants, it’s best to water them in the morning so any extra water has time to evaporate. Indoor plants require less water, and the recommendation is to check the soil once a week instead of going by the rule of an inch of water a week. Simply stick your finger in the soil an inch deep and if it’s dry, it’s time to water.
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