Watering Nemesia

Nemesia (Nemesia spp.) is a group of flowering annuals that needs routine watering to thrive. Keep the soil consistently moist to help the plant form a robust root system. This flowering beauty likes damp conditions, but too much water can cause root rot. Water Nemesia when the top few inches of the soil are dry.


How To Tell If Nemesia Needs Watered

Telltale signs that a Nemesia plant needs water include drooping stems and wilting leaves. Nemesia has long, narrow leaves that grow in pairs. The foliage may turn brown or curl when the plant is too dry. The foliage may turn yellow at the tips when the plant is overwatered.



How Often To Water Nemesia

Consistently water Nemesia after planting for the first couple of weeks. New plants like to be kept a bit damper than older plants. Keeping the soil moist helps new plants acclimate and put on new growth.

Established plants can handle drier conditions, but this is a thirsty plant that appreciates regular moisture. Water Nemesia when the top couple of inches of soil dry out. Keep in mind that too much water can damage the root system. Make sure the soil drains well, and do not water Nemesia if the soil is still wet.

Potted Nemesia requires more frequent watering than garden plants. Plan to water containers when the top inch of soil feels dry. Depending on the weather and climate, potted Nemesia may need water daily during hot summer days.

Best Time To Water Nemesia

Mornings are a good time to water most plants, and Nemesia is no exception. Watering plants in the morning when the temperatures are cooler allows the roots to soak up the moisture before the afternoon heat kicks in. Warm weather causes the soil to dry out more quickly, so giving the plants a drink before peak heat helps prevent dehydration during hot afternoons.

How to Water Nemesia

Step 1 - Look at the plant for signs of water stress.

Wilting or drooping foliage indicates the plant is too dry, while leaves with yellow tips indicate the plant is too wet.

Step 2 - Feel the soil near the base of the plant.

It is time to water Nemesia when the top couple of inches of soil are dry.

Step 3 - Saturate the soil around the base of the plant.

Using a hose or watering can, water the ground around the plant until all of the soil is wet.

Nemesia Watering Tips

  • Inspect the plant for signs of not enough or too much water
  • Feel the soil to gauge the level of dryness
  • Water the ground around the plant if the top couple of inches of soil are dry
  • Apply water slowly, so the roots have time to absorb the moisture