Should you water your plants before the sun comes up?

United States
May 19, 2008 9:54am CST
Is it true that you're supposed to water plants in the morning so that they absorb most of the water and the water does not evaporate with the afternoon sun. Guess it's all about timing. Can't remember where I heard that gardening folk wisdom, but it sounds right. I'd think that the poor little plants would freeze if you watered them early on cold winter mornings. So, maybe that's the exception. When are you supposed to water outdoor plants? Do you think it's better to let nature water the plants?
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19 May 08
I normally water my plants first thing in the morning, before the sun is full and hot. My late Father always said that it was best to water early, so the heat and sun doesn't evaporate the moisture. If you are watering plants in the winter then I normally water later in the day, so the plants have a chance to have a drink
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• United States
19 May 08
I thought that was right. Thanks for the confirmation.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
31 May 08
I water mine after the sun goes down in the evening. That way they absorb it all night, before the heat of the day.
• United States
21 Jun 08
Thank you! I will try that.
@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
26 Jun 08
During the summer if it is dry I always wait until late in the afternoon and let my son water our plants. He loves to do that but I just have to watch him because he gets distracted easily and might stand there for 30 minutes watering one or two plants LOL!!
@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
i guess you should water plants before the sun rises to its full.
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
I used to water the plants in the late afternoon, that's when the temperature starts to cool down. But my neighbor told me to water the plants, 2x a day. During the early morning, when the sun is still comfortably warm and during the afternoon, when the sun's heat starts to fade. But my mother-in-law said that it's not advisable to water the plants late in the afternoon. She explained that the water will help speed up the formation of molds. Something like that. Well, I did see some molds in some plants. So, what I do now is to water the plants, early in the morning. And hopes that it rains in the afternoon. Let Mother Nature help me save up on the water bill.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
21 May 08
Well, it's ok to water in the morning and the evening. Evening perferably because then the plants have time to absorb the water. During the summer it's a must if you have a garden to water during those times.
• United States
21 May 08
I remember reading somewhere that you should water plants after the sun goes down so the plants have all night to soak up the water. Then again I could be wrong, I could have read it from someone that had no idea what they were talking about.
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
19 May 08
I always heard that if you were going to water your garden that you should do it either in the morning or in the evening so that the sun wouldn't burn the plants and grass. The idea being that if you water while the sun is shining that the beads of water would reflect the light like a magnifying glass. If you have plants that can stand a frost then they probably don't need watering in the winter. There are a few reasons for this. One is that they are more or less hibernating and won't need as much and the second is that when it thaws there will be more than enough moisture for them.