We all know how important watering is to keep your houseplants alive and happy. But did you know there are a few simple things you can do with your watering that will take your plant care to the next level?
I have often found it interesting that most people who don’t have any houseplants think they will kill them by forgetting to water them. The reality is usually the opposite. While the jury might still be out on the number one killer of houseplants, I would bet my entire collection that it’s overwatering.
There are no hard and fast rules of when to water your plants, as it really depends on what your home environment is like. I have certain plants I water monthly in winter and weekly in summer, while others need water every ten days in summer and two to three weeks in winter. It can vary enormously. This is why it’s best to learn to read your plant’s behaviors to know when to water. While knowing when to water your plants can be a bit of a guessing game, there are a few methods that can help you make the right decision.
Here are eight insider tips to change up your watering routine that can have a real impact on the health and happiness of your plants - enjoy!
1. Use a watering can with a long thin neck or squeeze bottle to keep you from getting excessive water on the leaves, which can cause fungus or even burn the leaves in the sun. Aim straight for the soil.
2. When you water give it a long deep drink to the point that water runs out of the drainage holes. Pop in your bathtub or outside and let the water drain away before bringing it inside - don’t let your plant soggy sit in a tray of water
3. On warm rainy days, especially in the summertime, don’t be afraid to bring your houseplants outside and soak up the rainwater. This is as close as they can to their natural environments, just don’t forget to bring them back inside
4. Be consistent when you water; some plants, like fiddle-leaf figs, prefer watering at the same time on the same day
5. I’ve found it’s best to water in the mornings. That way, your plant has a better chance of starting to dry and not being cold and soggy at night, which can lead to root rot
6. Also, avoid using super cold water, room temperature water is much better and won’t shock the roots
7. Some plants dislike chlorinated water, and true enthusiasts often collect rainwater in buckets to save for watering days
8. Consider investing in a water meter. These are simple long stakes that you stick down into the soil, so the measuring bit sits down by the bottom root, and usually, it changes color to indicate once the soil has dried out and it’s time to water again. I’ve found it’s worth investing in them for fussier houseplants and rare houseplants.