Watering Bacopa

It is important to keep the soil moist to ensure that your bacopa plants thrive and grow. An underwatered bacopa can result in poor flowering or no flowers at all, along with wilting. However, overwatering can also cause wilting and discoloration, especially in indoor bacopa. The root system of indoor potted bacopa is also prone to root rot, so it’s important to only water when the top layer of soil is dry.


How To Tell If Bacopa Needs Watered

The best way to determine whether your bacopa needs watering is to check the top 1/2 inch of soil for dryness. If this top layer is dried out, water the plant. If not, there is no need to water your plant. Another sign that your bacopa plant needs to be watered is wilting leaves. In general, bacopas that are planted in containers will need to be watered more frequently than those planted in the landscape, which can pull up moisture from the ground.


How Often To Water Bacopa

Underwatering your bacopa can result in yellow leaves and wilting, and the plant will stop producing flowers. Established bacopa plants should be watered when the top 1/2 inch of soil is dry or if its leaves are wilting. For outdoor bacopa planted in the ground, plan on watering a few times a week. In the fall, as your bacopa becomes more established, you may be able to water just once a week.

Bacopa that are grown in outdoor containers will need more frequent watering because they don’t have natural water in the ground to absorb. For indoor bacopa, watering may be less frequent because the plant will likely receive less direct sunlight. 

It is important you do not overwater your bacopa plant, and overwatering is more common in indoor plants. If you notice signs of wilting on an indoor plant, this could be a sign that you have overwatered it. Keep track of the soil moisture before continuing to water your bacopa. For outdoor bacopa, be careful not to overwater if you plant in a season with a lot of rain. Overwatering can quickly lead to root rot and is difficult to remedy.


Best Time To Water Bacopa

Bacopa will need more watering in the hot months of summer. Depending on your location and the amount of sun your plant receives, you may have to water every day. At minimum, be prepared to water your bacopa several times a week. In the fall, as weather cools and your plant becomes more established, you may only need to water once a week. Outdoor potted varieties will need more watering, while indoor potted bacopa will generally need less watering.

Bacopa Watering Tips

  • Wilting may occur from too little or too much water. Make sure that the top 1/2 inch of soil is dry before watering. 
  • If your bacopa is wilting or discolored and you do not think you have overwatered it, check the fertilizer level in the soil.
  • If your bacopa is potted, make sure the pot has proper drainage, as this plant is susceptible to root rot. The container should have at least one hole in the bottom to help with drainage.


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Author Chris Link - Published 12-16-2022