Flower care

A green thumb when taking care of your flowers? Yes, please!

Those wishing to relax in an oasis of green and enjoy their herbs and flowers for long periods of time will have to take care of their flowers and plants. Whether with a classic watering can or with the aid of special watering systems: plants need water – some more, some less. 

Water march: watering can and watering system for your plants

Balcony, terrace or garden in the spring, summer, fall or winter: those wanting to sit back and relax in their green oasis have to take care of their plants. Whether classic plant care with the watering can or special watering systems – regular watering is extremely important.

Using the watering can

Tip: How do you water plants?
When using the watering can, hobby gardeners have to observe a few rules. The best time for watering plants is in the early morning hours. At this time of day, temperatures are lower and the water can make it down to the roots without most of it evaporating, as is the case in the hot midday sun. Especially when spraying plants with sprayers such as the FUCHSIA sprayer, water droplets can act like magnifying glasses in the hot sun and burn the plant. Therefore also those who don't spray but just water their plants should make sure that they only water the soil. This is very easy to do with long-neck watering cans such as OASE

Tip: How much water do plants need?
A rule of thumb is: plants with large leaves like plenty of water, plants with smaller leaves not so much. A further indicator is the moisture of the soil. Plants need watering once the soil is dry. It is always better to water too little than too much, as drowned plants usually cannot be saved.  

Tip: How do you clean watering cans?
Many hobby gardeners know what it is like to be confronted with unsightly deposits in the watering can. And you may ask yourself: Is this mould or just algae, fertiliser or lime deposits? Algae and deposits can be easily removed by scrubbing and rinsing out the watering can with hot water. Mould however is more difficult to get rid of and is not just harmful to plants but also to people. Particularly conspicuous deposits in watering cans indoors should be taken care of and removed so that the mould does not spread to the rest of the home. Mouldy watering cans made of plastic should be disposed of straight away.  If the watering can is galvanized or made of copper, the mould should be dried, brushed out and then treated with an alcohol-based cleaning agent. The following should be observed if you want to prevent mould: As mould spores and also algae thrive particularly well on light and warmth, watering cans should always be emptied out and never left in direct sunlight. Regular cleaning of the watering can prevents mould. 

Watering systems for the garden

As small errors in watering can cause great damage, special watering systems for the garden help prevent this. The systems not only help while you're away on holiday, they ensure that your plants have the right amount of water all season long.

There are various systems available for the lawn, vegetable garden and flower garden designed to make the hobby gardener's life much easier when it comes to efficient watering.  Use rain or sprinkler systems to make sure that your lawn is fresh and green even on hot summer days. These systems are usually triggered by timers and can water the lawn in the favourable morning and evening hours.

Those who prefer to water their plants inconspicuously can use integrated pop-up sprinklers. These sprinklers only pop up when it is time to water the lawn, otherwise they remain concealed. Small irrigators or drip hoses are particularly suitable as watering systems for vegetable gardens. The hoses are installed in rows, at hedges or bushes and connected to a water connection. The water slowly drips out of the hoses and continuously waters the vegetable garden.

For plants in window boxes or planters there are special drainage solutions available such as the EASY DRAIN drainage bag by EMSA. These bags are available in round and square  shapes and are used as water stores from which plants can take the water they need. The fleece bags are filled with clay granulate, which prevent waterlogging and ensure ideal growth.  They are simply placed in the planter or window box, which are then filled with soil. The bags create an ideal climate for the roots and also provide protection for outdoor planters in the winter.