Care for your Garden - Water Properly

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1986-06
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McCall, Wade W.
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University of Hawaii
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Water is essential for plant growth. It supplies the hydrogen and oxygen needed for carbohydrate formation in the plant. It also moves mineral nutrients from the soil into the plant and then to the part of the plant where they are needed. Water is necessary for the transpiration process, which cools the plant. In addition, water maintains the turgidity of the plant and prevents drought stress. Garden plants grow vigorously only when their roots are supplied with adequate moisture. Although roots should be kept moist, the soil around them should not be too wet, because too much water excludes oxygen that is vital for the proper growth and function of the roots.
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home gardening, irrigation, water requirement
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McCall WW. 1986. Care for your garden – water properly. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. 2 p. (General Home Garden Series; GHGS-036).
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