5 Things To Know About Watering Your Plants

The  Silver Evergreen  (left) and  Cast Iron  (right)

The Silver Evergreen (left) and Cast Iron (right)

Watering an indoor potted plant seems obvious, right?

You just take the water and pour it in – what more is there to know!? Well for the most part, that is it. But if you want to ensure the perfect environment for your leafy friend, here are a few tips:

1. Avoid overwatering

This is the big one. Plants that have more water in the soil than they can consume will develop root rot. This happens when roots can’t get the air they need because they’re surrounded by water for an extended period of time, and start to decay. Avoid this by using lighter soils (really when we say soil, we mean potting mix), as well as pots with drainage holes, and simply watering your plant in moderation.

2. Feel the soil before watering

The best way to know if a plant needs water is to check if the soil is dry. Gently stick your finger in the top part of the soil and check the humidity. If it’s still wet, it means it probably has enough water for now. If there’s some decorative moss over your soil, make sure to feel below it. Do note that generally plants in smaller pots will need to be watered more often simply because there’s not as much potting mix to keep the moisture in.

3. Water the soil evenly

Make sure to water all around the plant, not just in one area. The plant will develop more evenly and will be less stressed if it’s getting water through all its roots.

4. Use room temperature water

Don’t use water that is too hot or too cold. Plants like to be comfortable too!

5. Water less during the winter

Plants use less energy during the winter because it’s not their growing season. There’s less light and part of their natural lifecycle results in them being slightly dormant that time of the year. As the days become shorter, even in the fall, adjust your watering routine to make sure your plant is not getting too much.

Good luck, and remember that for most indoor plants it’s best to err on the side of under watering — it’s much easier to fix a thirsty plant than one that’s been drowning!


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