Plant Care Tip #2: The Wonders of Watering

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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Many beloved houseplants perish from overwatering, especially during colder months. It takes time to get to know your plant's drinking habits, but a few basic rules of green thumb:

  • Let the plant's soil dry completely between each watering. To check if it's time, stick a finger 2 inches deep into the soil, if completely dry, time to water. If still moist, hold off and check again a few days later.

  • Water around the base of the roots, about 1 cup for small plants and 2-3 cups for large plants

  • Weekly watering is typical, but depending on the temperature and humidity of your space, your plant may need watering more or less often

  • Check your plant's soil more frequently when using heaters as the air can dry out quicker.

  • Occasionally lift your plant out of its decorative pot to check that no water is gathering. Remove excess water with a towel or turkey baster (pro tip!)

If you consider yourself to be a "struggling plant owner" your biggest issue may be your watering habits. Believe it or not, sometimes less is more. Plants have an easier time bouncing back from under watering than they do from over watering. Keep this in mind as you establish a care routine for your gorgeous greens. 

On that note, our plant doctors are available 24/7 for any questions about keeping your plants happy and healthy! Email us anytime plantdoctor@leonandgeorge.com