Autumn & Winter Plant Watering Top Tips

Avoiding Over Watering

As daylight hours decrease and temperatures drop, plants take up less water as plant growth slows down. Overwatering during the colder months can result in plants sitting in soggy cold soil, causing winter rot and eventually the plants demise. Read our top tips and make sure your plants are perfectly watered this winter:

Get Your Watering Right

Roots sitting in wet soil can’t access the valuable oxygen needed to help plants absorb water & nutrients. This can weaken plants, making them susceptible to fungal attacks and suffocation.

Soil Moisture Meter Winter Watering

• Use a handy Soil Moisture Meter and test the moisture levels in your compost. Simply place the probe in the soil to check whether or not your house plants or plants in your garden or greenhouse need watering or you can save the water to make a lovely brew!

• Avoid splashing stems and leaves when watering plants. Botrytis loves to settle on damp foliage so water the soil along the plants. Stop the spread of infection by removing any yellow or dead leaves.

• Water smaller plants anywhere near their crowns. Larger landscape perennials should be watered between the trunk and the dripline for the best effect.

• Stake a Rainfall Measure into the ground and help you determine when to water your plants.

Keep On Top Of Weeding

Nobody like a weed, especially your prized plants! Cooling temperatures and autumn rains will be speeding up growth of pesky weeds which will be fighting with your plants for valuable moisture.

Stop weeds in their tracks and pull up any flowering weeds as you see them by hand or with a handy Weeding Fork. They’ll still be small enough to deal with quickly and you’ll be thankful in spring when they can become a real menace.

Avoid Frozen Damp Soil

Freezing compost is a big danger in winter and can kill your plants. When compost freezes, plants roots are unable to take up water & nutrients needed, undoing all your hard work earlier in the season.

Plant Pot Frost Protection Cover

• Give plants in pots extra insulation from frosts with some bubble wrap or a Plant Pot Frost Protection Cover. This will prevent your plants roots from freezing and your pots from cracking over winter. If using a plant pot cover, your plants will be thankful for the clever drainage holes in the base, designed to prevent water-logging.

• Elevate plant pots from the ground to prevent them sitting in cold, frozen water.

• If your pots are sitting in saucers remove the saucers in winter and raise these pots from the ground too.

• Keep an eye on rainfall levels. If heavy rains are predicted, move plant pots under cover to avoid compost becoming soggy. If moving heavy pots, save your back and use a nifty Plant Pot Carrying Belt.

Need Further Help?

If you have any questions about how you can make the most of your water or just a general gardening query, please feel free to get in touch with our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email at We’re always happy to help!