Watering question

jifjifjif(9b-Florida)February 12, 2013

Sorry for the newb question here, but i want to start of this season (my first) properly.....

I have read numerous times about watering pepper plants and how allowing the top of the soil to become dry before watering, but i have two questions in particular....

1) Does this also apply when first sowing seed or does initial germination require moister soil?

2) When the soil is dry on top of any size container and it is time to water, are we to add enough water to completely wet all of the soil in the container our do we limit watering to the plant base only adding maybe 4-8 ounces?

I don't want to over or under water.

Thanks much, crew.

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tsheets(5)

Here's a tip to get the feel for things: Use a wooden skewer or chop stick or similar to test the moisture level of the container medium. Just poke the skewer all the way down to the bottom, leave it for a minute or so and pull it out. If the skewer is wet, you don't need to water yet. If it's dry, it's time to water.

The top layer can get really dry and the bottom still be sopping wet. This is bad.

I usually water completely, but, I also try to use a small enough container for the plant / roots to fill it out. In other words, I wouldn't put a new seedling in a 3-5 gallon container, or probably even a 1 gallon really. I go from sprout to 4" containers, then depending on the plant, either 1 Gal or 5 Gal. (or the garden).

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 3:48PM
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jifjifjif(9b-Florida)

Thanks for the info. Off to find a chopstick.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 5:45PM
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jifjifjif(9b-Florida)

Found a wooden skewer. It came out dry. Watered from the bottom cup.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 6:54PM
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jifjifjif(9b-Florida)

Sprinkled a touch of water on top also.

This post was edited by jifjifjif on Tue, Feb 12, 13 at 20:34

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 8:30PM
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esox07

the chopstick or wooden k-bob skewer is a great way to tell if you need to water as tsheets said. I used to use them a lot. After a while, you will learn just by picking up the container if it is nearly dry or not. But if unsure, the wooden skewer method works great. You can get pack of about 50 of them about a foot or so long at Walmart for a buck. They are in the craft section and the housewares section.
Bruce

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 8:36PM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

From one newbie to another...

With larger plants, you can actually wait until the leaves start to droop before deep watering. It is actually supposed to improve the roots by stressing in such a manner.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 2:43AM
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jifjifjif(9b-Florida)

Ok. Thanks for the help, guys.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 6:46AM
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