Houseplant Watering 101: Avoid Too Much Of A Good Thing
How often to water your houseplants is such a loaded question. There are so many variables which determine this. Check out this post & video to see what you need to take into consideration. All houseplants aren't watered the same!
I get asked the question “how often should I be watering my houseplants?” all the time and there are so many variables that go into the answer. You know, it’s sort of like trying to answer the question “how often should I wash my hair?”. I was an interior plantscaper (which is an interior plant specialist) for years and have lots to share with you on this subject.
Actually, there is no secret or one thing I can tell you. Plants are living, and like us, have different needs at different times. I’ve maintained 1000’s of houseplants and they all have different needs. It can be confusing but I hope these points will clear up the “watering my houseplants” issue for you. And when I say “avoid too much of a good thing”, I’m referring to water!
This is what you need to consider when figuring out the frequency of watering your houseplants:
Here are the points listed in the video which all add
in to determining how often to water:
Type of houseplant
How warm your house is
It’s a good thing but stagnant air slows down drying out.
Amount of sun
More sun, more drying.
Time of year
Moss or stones on top of the soil slow drying.
Size of the pot
Smaller pots, like 2 or 4″, will dry out much faster.
Type of pot
Clay dries out faster than plastic.
Soils with more perlite &/or lava rock will drain & dry out faster.
Type of plant
If you’re totally frustrated with watering your houseplants, here are some options to help you: a watering meter, an app on your phone (yes, there are apps to remind you), the good old calendar and self-watering containers.
Big Red Flag!
Don’t be a “hit and run” waterer. Splashing a plant every 2 days is not how it likes to be watered. Most people overwater their houseplants and kill them with kindness.
I’ve always believed that it’s better to err on the side of too little water than too much water. Do you struggle to keep houseplants alive?
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