Most plant parents overwater, do you?
After hearing from the community it seems that generally plant parents are most concerned about underwatering. However, would you be surprised to hear that most plant owners actually water their plants too much? Take a look below to discover the PLNTS doctors’ watering tips to master plant hydration.
Understanding your plants
The easiest way to find out whether your plant is in need of extra hydration requires no additional purchases. Lift your plant to get a rough idea of its weight. If your plant is feeling a little light, it needs a drink, too heavy and you may be overwatering. It’s important to remember that it is better for plants to be slightly dry than slightly wet.
If you want to understand whether or not your plant is too moist, stick a toothpick 2cm into the soil. If the soil sticks to the toothpick the soil is moist. Whereas, a plant that has a gap between the soil and the pot may need extra moisture.
When to water
During winter months, a plant typically only needs watering a few times a month. You should always refer to the instructions that came with your plant because every plant variety has different requirements. Some types of houseplant require a lot more water, whereas easy care plants can survive a longer period without needing moisture.
How best to water your plant
The top tip for watering your plants is to water from below. Many plant owners water from above, while not likely to damage your plants it can lead to dark spots on the leaves and is a far less efficient way of feeding your houseplants. There are two main ways of doing this:
The saucer method – Put a little bit of water into a saucer or small plate and place your plant on top for several hours. This method is favoured by the pros and is a great way to regulate humidity.
Soak your plants – Fill your sink or bathtub with a couple centimeters of water. Gently place your plants inside and let them soak for a couple of hours. You can use this method to water multiple plants at once so it’s a real time saving measure.
Purchasing a spray bottle (like these ones here) and lightly misting your plants once or twice a day is generally beneficial to houseplant health. Remember that we’re trying to duplicate the natural environment for these plants, and that requires humidity and misting.
Cacti and succulents
Cacti and succulents and succulents have very different requirements from other varieties of houseplants. The soil should always be dry and watering should only occur once per month at the very most.
More extra special tips
– For those who are forgetful, a self watering plant pot can be the answer to your plant prayers. It takes the guesswork out of plant ownership and is a great shortcut to good plant health.
– Use clay pebbles as a quick and easy way to help your plants retain moisture. A layer of pebbles placed above the soil prevents as much water evaporating out of the pot.
Though this guide should help you become a watering expert there are going to be times where giving your plants the best possible life may feel like a struggle. Don’t forget you can always get in touch with PLNTS.com, we love to hear from you.