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When should plants stop being watered in the fall? The answer is not as simple as it may seem, as it depends on the weather conditions. Windy weather tends to dry plants out, and therefore requires more consistent watering. Watering the plants allows the roots to be strong and anchor the plant, and it also prevents the leaves from drying up and falling off too early, which could prevent growth of essential plant buds. Mulching can also help prevent water loss from the soil near the roots.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many outdoor plants need continued watering well into fall in order to help support continued root development.
  • The reason leaves fall off of plants is that the plant is preparing for the dormant season by sending fluids down to the roots of the plant.
  • Fall is a great time to do your transplanting and splitting of plants. Just make sure to maintain adequate watering throughout the fall.

“Summer is the season for growing and fall is when everything starts to die, so when autumn rolls around it’s time to stop watering, right?  Well no, not really”

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