Do not let annuals dry out to a wilt between waterings, as too severe of wilt may lead to increased susceptibility and may limit nutrient uptake. Do not over water or allow the plants to continually have wet roots. This can lead to disease.
Water your planting flats and beds prior to planting. This avoids the “plant float” associated with the first watering in heavily amended beds, and helps plants to establish faster.
Set irrigation to water beds in early morning. Plant leaves will dry during the day and lower disease incidence. Water less when plants fill in beds to save water and minimize disease.
Too much water is usually more of a problem than too little. The best tool for water management? Your thumb! Soil should be moist for bedding plants at 3 inches deep.