How often should I water my plants? – We are back! With another article in our quest to demystify caring for your houseplants.
Inevitably, when we post about plants, we get a lot of feedback, usually the crux of which is usually “how often should I water my?”
So instead of beating around the bush (pun intended!), We thought it was high time to get down to it and share with you an illustrated guide on how much water you need to water your plants. most common interior.
Question: How often should I water my plants?
In the past, I had a schedule to water my plants, but over time I learned that depending on the plant, the season, its growing season, and many other factors, plants have often need different amounts of water.
So, instead of sticking to a hard and fast-paced routine, it helps to develop your knowledge of the species and their needs, and also to become good at testing the soil.
How to know if your plant needs to be watered
The best way to tell if your plant needs watering is to use your fingers. Stick your finger into the earth a few inches deep and see how dry the soil is. If the soil is lighter in color and does not stick to your finger, you can tell it is dry.
Because different plants like different drought conditions, the illustration below and specific plant information will give you an overview of the most common plants and their needs.
A guide to watering common houseplants
Water aloe vera plants thoroughly, but rarely. To discourage rot, allow the soil to dry out between waterings and never let it sit in water. Water every 21 days or so and even more sparingly in the winter. To test for drought before watering, just push your finger into the soil up to the second joint. If it is dry, water the plant. If it is still wet, wait a few days.
Keep the bamboo palm moist, but never overwatered. Soggy soil causes root rot, so check often to make sure the plant is draining properly. Pour water from the drain pan after watering and do not let it sit in the water. Water only when the soil is dry and allow the soil to dry out between waterings in winter.
Water the fern when the soil becomes dry. Don’t let the soil dry out. This can mean watering twice a week or every day in hot weather. The frequency will change depending on the temperature and humidity in your home. Add enough water so that it drains through the drainage holes in the bottom of the container.
To determine if your Chinese evergreen plant needs water, simply insert your fingertip into the soil. Moist earth will cling to your skin and is generally darker than dry earth. Water this plant when it is dry, which tends to be every 7-9 days during the warmer months and every 2-3 weeks when winter arrives.
Echeverias love full sun, bright shade, and well-drained soil. Water them when the soil is dry; they can often go 14 days without water once established. When you water the echeveria, water the soil and not the rosette. Pour in the water until it drains from the bottom.
English ivy needs regular watering until the plant is established, which usually takes one growing season. Keep the foliage as dry as possible when watering. Once established, only provide water for extended periods of dry weather. Do not overwater, as English ivy is prone to fungal diseases in soggy, waterlogged soils.
Always water early in the day so that your orchids will dry out at night. In general, water once a week during the winter and twice a week when the weather warms.
Peace lilies like high humidity. Misting their leaves or placing their pot on a moistened gravel tray can help increase humidity. However, they are sensitive to chemicals commonly found in tap water, such as fluoride, which can cause brown leaf tips. So use filtered water at room temperature, if possible. Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater.
Pothos do best when their soil is allowed to dry out between waterings. Keep the soil moist, but be careful not to overwater. If the leaves are yellow, you may be overwatering it. Overwatering can cause root rot. If the leaves are wilting or turning brown, you should water the plant more often. Remove all yellow and brown foliage and turn your plant over to promote even and complete growth.
Water your snake plants about every 14 days, depending on the temperature, light, and humidity in your home. Always make sure the soil is almost completely dry before watering abundantly again. Be careful not to overdo it because your plant will rot.
Spider plants in particular are sensitive to fluoride in tap water, so it is important to use distilled or purified water. Water moderately or once a week for the first year, which should be enough to keep the soil consistently moist, but not too wet. After the first year, you can water the plant sporadically. Immediately drain excess water from the drainage trays if your spider plant is potted.
This plant prefers to be kept dry. In most cases, a full watering every 7 to 14 days is usually fine. Problems can arise if the plant is watered too frequently and the soil is constantly moist.
Hope this article has given you some insight into when to water your plants. Watering well is actually a combination of two factors: getting to know the plant species and their moisture and drought preferences, and practicing checking your plant’s soil. When in doubt, choose plants that require the least water and are more difficult to kill.
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