Are you a plant killer? Just can’t seem to keep the darn things alive no matter what you do? The way you’re watering might just be the problem!
Most issues with houseplants stem (ahem) from either overwatering or underwatering. And for some people, this prevents them from having plants in their homes, which we think is a huge shame considering how much they bring to our lives. Here are our top tips for watering your plants like a pro:
A general rule of thumb is to water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Gently stick your finger (up to the first knuckle) into the soil and feel it. For plants with thicker leaves, like succulents, water when most of the soil is dry. Try to think of where your plant originates from. For example, succulents and cacti are native to desert areas where they receive water infrequently. This doesn’t mean that they can survive without any water though!
Most plants want more water in the spring and summer time when temperatures increase so it’s best not to water on a fixed schedule as this could mean your plant is receiving too much at times. Another way to tell if your plant needs a drink is to carefully lift it. Gauge its weight right after you’ve watered it and then you have a base weight to compare it to as it dries out.
The best time to water is in the morning, as this gives your plants time to dry out during the day.
Like a cold shower? Nope? Neither do your plants! Use lukewarm or room temperature water instead of cold, as this can shock the roots, and your leafy friends will thank you.
Leaves don’t like to be wet, and some can develop fungus if they’re allowed to stay this way for an extended period of time. Try watering from the bottom of the plant by using a saucer, as this allows the roots to drink what they need whilst avoiding drenching the leaves.
Most plants want an actual drink though, not tiny sips, so make sure you are getting water to the roots. For plants like orchids, we remove them from their decorative pot and run them under the tap for a thorough drink. Be careful not to let your plants sit in water for too long though as most won’t appreciate this!
As with anything living, there are some variables you should take into consideration:
- Potting medium (e.g. soil, pebbles, moss, bark, etc.) can add to dryness or moisture
- Light exposure
- Hanging versus sitting (hanging plants dry out more quickly)
Time to give plant ownership another go? We have lots of beautiful, and easy-to-care-for houseplants in store ready for you to take home. Order online here for pickup or delivery within the GTA or stop by the store to see what’s in stock.