The Dangers Of Planting Too Close
If you plant flowers too close together, the plants get stressed and are prone to diseases, Kole says. If air can’t properly circulate and the plants can’t dry out between waterings, fungus sets in. Roots can rot. And once plants are weakened from stress, insects move in.
Secondly, do plants grow better closer together?
Spacing your plants appropriately reduces the risk of disease in two ways: contagion and improved immune system. It is easy for disease to spread from one plant to another if the plants are growing on top of one another, so plants growing too closely together are not as healthy as plants with enough space.
Likewise, can you plant plants next to each other?
The process is known as companion planting. It is believed that growing certain plants in close proximity to others may help deter pests, promote growth and even improve flavor—or on the opposite end of the spectrum, certain plants, when planted close to one another, may actually stunt each other’s growth.
Does overcrowding affect plant growth?
Overcrowding can compromise the space that plants need for root growth. It can also decrease the amount of nutrients that any of the crowded plants can absorb from the soil, causing developmental problems in all of the plants.
Weak flowering and fruiting occur because of a lack of sunlight, moisture, air circulation and nutrients in a crowded garden bed. Plants expend energy reaching for sunlight instead of using it to produce flower buds. If a crowded plant does flower, the blooms may be small or sparse.
Adjusting plant spacing over a larger area is another way to save money. If your plants are normally spaced with 600mm centres and you change that to 750mm centres, you’ll need one third less plants and of course, it’ll save you one third of your costs. It’s interesting to consider the spacing of trees.
Spacing is determined by the species of the plant and by soil fertility. Overcrowded plants grow poorly. … Consequently, plants must either be planted with an eye to proper spacing, or seedlings must be thinned to the proper spacing after emergence.
Why Proper Spacing Is So Important. The trick to plant spacing is to give each plant enough light, water, nutrients, and air flow to promote optimal growth, strength to ward off disease, and to mature to its ideal size.