When is the best time of day to fertilize my flower and veggie garden? Some say morning, others say evening. ?

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  • bunny
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    OFFICIAL WORD FROM A MASTER GARDENER! Some say morning, others say evening? So now you got me, & as a State certified Master Gardener I can not tell a lie.

    Evening, late afternoon..... wrong. Never send your plants to bed wet. Or even damp. Why?

    BOTRYTIS FUNGUS.

    RUST

    CYST NEMATODE.

    DOWNY MILDEW.

    MOSAIC VIROS.

    BLOSSOM FALL

    PINK ROOT

    FUSARIUM WILT

    SCAB

    COMMON SMUT

    SPOTTED WILT VIRUS.

    FUSARIUM WILT.

    PHYTOPHTHORA ROOT ROT.

    BROWN ROT.

    OAK ROOT FUNGUS.

    GUMMOSIS.EUTYPA DIEBACK.

    GRAY MOLD ROT.

    Just to name a few. When plants and soil are wet or damp when darkness sets in that's when the nasties come out to play. No parent would put their child to bed in wet clothes and no gardener should but their garden away wet either.

    If you have automatic irrigation it's fine to start the program cycle just before dawn. The plants will quickly dry with the morning sun.

    Fertilizing is the same thing. Plants process food with the help of sunlight. The root system is more active and can move the goodies around where they are needed. As the temperature increases so does the developmental rate of the plant.

    Morning or night? Here's an easy way to remember which is best. Would you like to sit out in your garden all night dressed in wet jammies?

    Source(s): The Garden Dok. BS. MG. Master of Science (x2) Univ of Calif coop Extension, County of San Diego.
  • 1 decade ago

    whatever time you decide to fertilize you need to remember to water well. Most home gardeners over-fertilize, which can cause your plants moisture stress, remember that most chemical fertilizers are salts. Just give them plenty of moisture when you fertilize and you should be ok, I would suggest the evening since I live in a desert area and water is scarce so you don't just want it to evaporate away in the sun.

  • Mary K
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Morning is better to water and fertilize.

    The idea is If you do it at night, especially with cooler nighttime temps, plants are more susceptible to diseases. don't ever water too late in the morning, bec you can also make your plants get sunburned/steamed from the water and heat combination

  • kuchar
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    it quite is advisable to start with some elementary vegetables like carrots or beans or peas -- tomatoes may be problematical for novices, so possibly wait till you have some extra gardening journey decrease than your belt -- alongside with some herbs for cooking, like parsley (flat-leaf has a extra helpful style) and chives. My mom constantly swore that planting a row of marigolds alongside the exterior of the backyard helped keep bugs away. i'm uncertain if it worked all that properly, yet one does not argue with one's mom's backyard. *g* once you have tried that for a 300 and sixty 5 days, you will desire a extra helpful thought of what works on your soil and point of sunlight and what does not.

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  • bigrob
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I like to water in the late afternoon to dusk time frame. And as you should always water it in when you fertilize I vote for evening.

    Which ever time you go with be sure and follow with a good watering.

  • 1 decade ago

    Morning is the best time. Not only are your gardens and lawns LESS susceptible to diseases they are less susceptible to mold too, if they have a chance to dry slightly

    Source(s): lawn care provider
  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    It depends

  • 3 years ago

    I don't really know how to answer this

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