If your garden lacks life and the plants seem to be wilting, your plants are probably dehydrated and need a little extra care. It is fairly easy to spot dryness in plants and there are some obvious and some not-so-obvious reasons for dehydration in plants. However, with proper knowledge and care, a dehydrated plant can be cured.

Causes of Dehydration

Inadequate watering is usually the main reason for dehydrated plant. Sometimes plant become dehydrated due to careless gardeners who do not water plant enough. At other times, plant may require plenty of rains and despite a gardener’s best efforts, if it is a drought-prone region, plant may eventually experience dryness.

While lack of adequate water is usually the primary cause for dry plants, unsuitable weather conditions are equally harmful. Plant often dehydrate due to dry weather conditions. Often during hot, dry summers, the moisture from the soil and plants completely evaporates. Extremely cold temperatures can dehydrate plants as well. Just the way a hot summer makes plants thirsty, cold winter breezes can strip a plant of its moisture and leave it dehydrated.garden rose

Lack of adequate moisture in the soil could be the reason behind your dry plants. This may be due to irregular watering but this may also be due to poor quality soil. Plants require the right type of soil with enough moisture content otherwise they are at risk of becoming dehydrated. Dryness in plants can also be a result of inadequate nutrients in the soil so it is important that you check this. Your plants can become easily dehydrated due to salt stress so you must ensure the soil has just the right amount of salt in it.

Symptoms of Dryness

The first signs of dryness appear on the top of a plant and begin on the outside. As the plant progressively dehydrates, the symptoms will move downwards towards the roots and inwards, closer to the stems. Spotting a dehydrated garden is fairly easy with plant usually showing the following symptoms:

  • Leaf edges become limp and brownish at edges
  • Plant start to wilt
  • Stunted growth
  • Shriveled flowers
  • Fruits and flowers drop
  • Plant turn yellowish, especially lawns
  • Plant begin to die in extreme cases

Treatment of Dehydrated Plants

Regularly watering plant is the most obvious cure for a dry plant. Learn a little about the plant in your garden because some might require buckets of daily water while others may only need to be watered every once in a while. Proper watering usually does the trick during the hotter months and daily watering in the evenings can reduce evaporation.

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Adding mulch to flower beds and shrubs early in the season is also a good way to prepare for dry seasons, both hot and cold. The water-retentive gel is also popularly used in container plants or hanging baskets.

In freezing temperatures, plants must be watered very carefully to avoid dehydration

As a gardening enthusiast, it is important to check your soil to ensure it is right for your plant. Some soils are very moisture retentive while others do not soak up water very well so you will need to tailor your watering according to the soil type. You must also ensure your plants receive adequate nutrients from the soil, especially salt or they will become easily dehydrated. Your local nursery should be able to suggest ways to improve your soil but adding some organic matter to the soil usually helps.

If you like to grow delicate plants, you might want to consider a greenhouse for better protection. Greenhouses are good for temperature control and provide tender plants the protection they need without leaving them at the risk of dehydrating outside.

Arched greenhouse

The arched greenhouse is well suited for growing seedlings, cultivating heat-loving plants, growing flowers, and getting an early off-season crop. Arched greenhouses can have small and very large dimensions. This provides a wide range of applications. Thanks to the design, tall plants can be grown not only in the center, but also near the walls of the greenhouse. This is ensured by the fact that the arch goes almost vertically up from the very base, only becoming arched towards the middle. Given the shape of the greenhouse, you don’t have to worry about snowfall in winter, or strong winds. The arched design makes it easy to carry weather conditions. If you need to change the position of the greenhouse, it can be easily disassembled and assembled in a new place.

A solar system is a device for converting solar radiation into other types of energy for later use. In greenhouses, solar systems are used primarily for heating, although the resulting energy can be directed to any needs.

Last but not the least, while there may be no cure for a drought, there are plants that will not suffer from dehydration in such a region. If you live in a similar area, the best way to keep the dryness out of plants may be to opt for xerophytic plants in your garden.