If your indoor plants are looking dull and droopy, chances are you’re not watering them the right way. Watering plants incorrectly can be the one thing that’s keeping them from thriving. Read the tips below, and you’ll understand just when they need to be watered and the best way to do it.
1. Pick the right pot and never let them sit in still water
The first step in making sure that you are able to water correctly is to check if the pot that your plant comes in has drainage holes at the base for the excess water to drain out, preventing waterlogged soil.
If you have a saucer underneath the pot, make sure to also drain out the water (throw, wipe, sponge, or use a turkey baster to suck out the water) and not let the plant sit in still water. Plants don’t like their feet wet, pretty much like us. If you leave the roots sitting in waterlogged soil for too long, they’ll eventually rot. Also, it’s not only bad for the plants but it may also be a breeding ground for insects!
2. Consider different water requirements
Different plants have different moisture requirements. Know how much and how often the particular species that you have planted needs a drink. Succulents and cacti, for example, aren’t heavy drinkers – they don’t need frequent watering, or they’ll rot. Tropical plants, such as the palms, on the other hand, need frequent watering to maintain consistently moist soil. For most plants, however, allow the top two inches of soil to dry out between watering. Learn about the specific preferences of your plants before you water them.
3. Aim at the soil, not the leaves
The leaves don’t like getting soaked each time you water the plant. Wet leaves leave the plant prone to diseases, pest attacks, and other problems. Point the water stream from your watering medium at the soil surrounding the plant.
4. Ensure deep and even watering
Water evenly throughout the soil to ensure that your plant has an overall lush and even growth.
Just as important is to water deeply. Keep watering until the excess drains out from the drainage holes to encourage a healthy root system.
Follow these tips each time your plants need a drink. Always observe how your plants react and eventually you’ll get the hang of when your plant needs you. Happy watering!