What's the Best Time of Day to Water your Garden?

What's the Best Time of Day to Water your Garden?

Jeanine Brennan
Jun 4, 2010

We need to poll the Apartment Therapy gardeners out there. Since I have a new pad with a deck (and no yard), I'm now a container gardener without a lot of expertise. In our old home I had trained our garden bed perennials to be sorta drought tolerant (in other words we didn't do a lot of watering) and they managed fine. But containers are a different animal for me, and now I'm just curious — is it better to water your garden in the morning or in the evening? Does it matter?

In the past, I've heard two schools of thought to this:

• Water in the early morning so that your plants can better survive the mid-day heat.
• Water at night so that the water will make it down to the roots without evaporating (make sure to water from the bottom to prevent fungus or mildew)

Since I'm a social gardener, being outside in the evening after work gives me a chance to talk to neighbors I never see, and I even get to relax with a cocktail in the non-watering hand. So while I prefer the evening, I sort of have the idea that expert gardeners will tell me differently. AT gardeners please weigh in — do you know whether watering at one time of day is better than the other? Does it matter?

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