The eco-friendly watering regime for your balcony

    Here’s the dilemma: it’s 32°C in the shade, the sun is beating down on your balcony, and you suddenly realise that you haven’t watered the plants in three days – sounds familiar? We will tell you why it’s not a good idea – neither for the flowers nor the environment – to reach straight for your watering can, and how you canwater your plants in the most efficient way.
    Not just a saviour for the environment: with our tips, you will also save lots of water when caring for your plants and save yourself some money! Photo: Stocksy

    The right time of day

    Water droplets can act like tiny magnifying glasses. This means that leaves and flowers are at real risk of burning beyond repair if you water them during the midday sun. What’s more, at this time of day, the majority of the water will evaporate straightaway, meaning that you have to do your balcony watering rounds more often. The ideal time is during or at sunrise. The ground has had time to cool down overnight and is therefore ready to absorb larger amounts of water. Nowadays, not every morning routine allows enough time to fit in balcony maintenance, so alternatively you can also do this during the evening – but only after sunset.

    You can spot whether your flowery friends actually need water by looking out for limp-looking leaves. Yellow leaves, on the other hand, are usually a sign that you were a little too generous with this life-giving water supply. There is a really simple way of checking whether your plant needs water if you are unsure. Place your finger into the soil: if the top 2-3 centimetres have dried out, then it is time to shower your plants with water again.

    The right technique

    It’s not just about the right time, but also aboutthe right technique. The more you know about which plants have which needs, the less time and water is required to grow healthy, strong plants. You don’t have to be a botanical expert – in fact, all you need are a few basic rules that you stick to:

    1. Seedlings and young plants should be watered little and often. This supports root growth and prevents delicate shoots from drowning. Once you move younger plants into the bigger balcony boxes, you won’t have to reach for the watering can as often.

    2. You can be more relaxed with large plants that have been in their plant pot or window box for a while, watering themless often but more intensively. In the hot summer months, they can also have a generous soak to ensure that even the lower layers of soil become saturated with water. By doing this, they will also develop stronger roots, which are more resistant to prolonged periods of drought.

    3. Window boxes which have a water reservoir are especially good for your plants, not only because they will look after of your precious treasures over a long weekend, but also because with these systems, you are watering the plants from below and are able to hydrate the plant right at the roots. The risk of fungal infection due to damp leaves is therefore minimised.

    Pro tips

    If you regularly loosen the soil, you will optimise the water distribution even further. Compost soil is a real all-rounder: it not only supplies the plant with valuable nutrients, it also protects the soil from drying out. Last but not least, you can really benefit your plants if you installa small rain barrel on your balcony, instead of relying on too much tap water. Leftover cooking water, like that which you use for your morning boiled eggs, is also great for watering for your plants. Your flowers will thank you for this special care with their healthy and strong growth – and you’ll also save money and help the environment. It’s a real win-win situation!

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