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Understanding watering requirements is a critical part of caring for your indoor house plants. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can have negative results, and this is very true when it comes to watering your greenery. Most ‘plant parents’ make the mistake of overwatering their indoor plants. The ideal growing environment looks different for each plant species, so there is not a one-size-fits-all prescription for general house plant care. Even plant owners with a green thumb can find it difficult to know the frequency and volume of water their plants need. Thankfully, you can improve and maintain the health of your house plants with a few easy-to-follow watering tips.
Water is essential for supporting all life on planet Earth, and plants are no exception. Knowing why plants need water will help you understand how and when to water your indoor foliage. Plants are made up of about 80% to 95% water, so hydration is critical for each plant’s ability to perform photosynthesis and transport nutrients from the soil to the plant stems.
Transpiration is the process that moves water from the soil into the roots and through the plant. This process is vital for a plant’s growth and continued health. Photosynthesis converts sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into energy, and oxygen is released in the process. Humans need oxygen to breathe, so it is very important plants receive the correct amount of hydration to stay healthy and sustain life.
Most house plants need to be watered every one to three weeks. Exact watering requirements are based on each plant’s species, size, and pot. Time of year, humidity, sunlight exposure, and growth rate are other factors that contribute to a plant’s need for water. Because of these variables, it is important to monitor your house plants and water them on an as-needed basis instead of a routine watering schedule. If you water on a schedule, you run the risk of actually overwatering your house plants.
There are a few factors can help you determine when it is time to water your indoor house plants:
Knowing when to water each of your house plants will ensure each one thrives in your home. There are so many wonderful plant species on the market, and whether you have a single potted plant on your kitchen table or home filled with lush greenery, it is important to know when and how to water each indoor plant.
Overwatering your house plants prevents oxygen from getting to the roots, which causes what’s known as “root rot,” while under watering your house plants can lead them to be dry and wilted. You will want to avoid both of these scenarios.
Here is a watering guide for some of the most common types of indoor house plants:
Different plants have different water intake needs, but there are standard ways to correctly water your indoor house plants for maximum benefit. Use a watering canister to slowly add small increments of water to the potting soil at the base of the plant. Spread the water evenly over the soil surface (do not just water in one place). Water according to how the plant’s soil feels, not according to a fixed schedule or what you think is an appropriate amount of time.
Bottom watering is another method you can use to keep your plants healthy and hydrated. If you want to try this low-maintenance alternative, fill your sink or a basin with a couple inches of water. If you have your plant in a decorative planter, remove this and allow the plant to sit in the water basin for five to 10 minutes. Larger plants may take more time to adequately absorb the right amount of water. Once the topsoil feels damp, remove the plant from the water and place it in the original planter.
There are some common misconceptions about house plant care that can seriously derail the health of your greenery. Avoid the pitfalls of overwatering your house plants with these tips to keep your plants healthy and thriving.
House plants are more resilient that you may realize. Most indoor plants can last two to three weeks without water (although weather and plant type will determine the specific needs of your plants). While you do not want to regularly deprive your plants of the water they need, if you have an upcoming trip, your house plants should be fine for this period of time. Self-watering pots, watering gloves, and watering spikes may offer short-term solutions to your watering woes.
If you do not have the gift of a green thumb, there’s no need to worry. Even seasoned plant parents make the mistake of overwatering their house plants. With a bit of attention to detail and proper care, your plants can bounce back and flourish in no time. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to indoor plant care. Each house plant has its own specific care requirements. Water your plants based on the feel of the soil, not a fixed schedule. The frequency on which each plant needs water will be determined by plant and pot size, time of year, humidity, and potting mix material.
Plant parenting does not have to be a difficult process, and Plantquility is committed to making it easy to care for your house plants. Every time you order one of our high-quality indoor plants, you will receive detailed care instructions to support you and ensure your plant can live a healthy life in its new home.
Don’t let common plant care mistakes keep you from enjoying the full benefits of your beautiful indoor house plants. With a few easy-to-follow tips, you can experience the beauty and tranquility of your indoor house plants for many seasons to come through Plantquility.