If you forgot to water your plant for a few days or if you’re keeping your planters where it’s very hot and sunny, then your outdoor annual is probably just thirsty! When the temperature is especially high with bright sunlight during the summer months, your outdoor plants will need more water than usual.
And even if your plants look limp and sad, they can usually bounce right back. To help your plants look their best, we recommend a thorough watering to help rehydrate your plant.
How to water outdoor annuals
If you have a garden hose, use the hose to soak your plant thoroughly. Be sure to water your planters generously until water comes out of the drainage hole.
You can also use a watering can to water generously until water comes out of the drainage hole. Repeat until the soil looks fully hydrated. Your blooms and foliage should bounce back within a few hours after watering.
Plant watering tips
As the spring and summer progress, it will help to monitor your outdoor annuals daily to see how they’re doing in the lighting and environmental conditions at your home. Check to see if your plants need water, and we suggest watering when the top 25% of the soil is dry.
While the soil drying out on occasion shouldn’t hurt your plant long term, if you let it go unwatered too often, your plant may show signs of stress like brown, dry leaves and dried, crispy flowers. For best results, keep your plants’ soil consistently moist.