When it comes to your houseplants. how are they doing?
Basic knowledge about how to water plants can help inform you how to water them. A plant doing well depends on the person doing the watering knowing how to water them just the right way.
There is a proper way to water a plant that will help it stay healthy and living. It’s not so much that there is one set of rules, but that you are paying a certain amount of attention. After all, you are the one who is deciding to water the plants. You are the one that is going to be taking all the variables involved. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
If you want to learn how to water your plants and keep them not only surviving but thriving, scroll down and we’ll get into all of it and give you our top tips for how to water plants properly.
How can you water your plants for the best results?
It depends on the soil dryness, when you last watered it, the weather, the type of plant, how much sun it gets, and the humidity. But you can get a good idea by checking the soil. By lifting the pot before watering, you can see the status of the plant.
You can not only get a good visual sense of the dryness or dampness of the soil inside, but the weight of the container will also indicate soil status. If it’s too light, it may be craving water. If it’s a bit too heavy, you need to give it a day or more to dry out a little.
After some time you can get accustomed to what this process is like. You’ve got to be patient too; watering a plant too quickly may cause it to absorb too much at once. You may want to gently mist it or break down the watering to the point where the soil absorbs it gradually and the water stays inside, getting to the root zone. This is true for many plants, whether houseplants, outdoor vegetables, or small seedlings or trees.
While you can’t lift up plants that aren’t in containers, most indoor houseplants are in containers and easily adhere to this guide. You can always stick a shovel in and see how moist the soil is if you need to and get a good gauge of whether you need to water or not.
- Try to water in the soil, not on the plant. Guide your watering medium in and make sure you get the soil, not the leaves, as they’re the ones that need the water.
- Avoid water on the leaves as well because it can encourage fungal growth or disease.
- Water when needed and don’t water when it’s not needed.
- Too much water is just as bad as too little for plants. Find a good balance.
- Watering early gives plants time to wake up, absorb some water, and dry off even if they do get water on them.
- Use mulch. It keeps moisture in the soil and you will need to water plants less.
- Water slowly and gently. Haste makes waste!
- Use your own judgment. You are your best judge of whether your plant needs to be watered.