When is the best time to water outdoor plants?

by Pat

I just planted some impatiens, geraniums, hosta , in pots on my deck. Should the plants be watered in the morning or evening? Let them dry out before watering? Keep moist??? Thanks, Pat

  4 answers
  • Early morning is always best. Each plant has different needs. Did you toss the plant tags that came with the plants?

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 01, 2019

    Most outdoor plants prefer to be watered early in the day...before the sun gets hot. It is best to avoid leaving big droplets on the foliage itself because the water droplets can act as a magnifying glass when the sun shines through it..and can leave dark spots on the leaves....but put water down on the ground around the base of the plant. A gentle spritz on the leaves will perk them up without leaving droplets. Another shot towards evening is fine also...but try not to get the foliage wet in the evening...as it stays wet during the night and can lead to mold and mildew issues.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jun 01, 2019

    It is best to water in the morning. Your deck sounds beautiful! You have some of my favorites on my deck too! Hope this helps, Pat!

  • Oliva Oliva on Jun 01, 2019

    Watering in evening is more likely to attract unwanted bugs/snails, etc.

    Water early morning, and try to water at base of plants.