Your plants don’t grow on a schedule, so they don’t need watered on a schedule. Each plants needs vary depending on type, size, potting mix and location.
Plants in larger pots dry out more slowly than plants in smaller pots. Plants in bright light dry out more quickly than plants in low light.
Don’t forget as the seasons change, you’ll most likely have to feng shui a few of your botanical beauties to adjust their light exposure (or make room for more plants!).
Desert-natives like cacti and succulents like to stay pretty dry and can withstand periods of drought. When you water your desert plants, feel free to give them a good soak, then leave to dry out completely before watering again. Humidity-loving, tropical plants like Ferns and Calatheas often need a good watering once or twice a week.
Thirsty plant signs to look out for:
- Leaves will shrivel or the edges will curl.
- Leaves will lose vibrancy and turn light yellow.
- You’ll eventually get used to the feel of the plant – when the pot feels light, it’s probably time for a water.
- Lack of growth in the growing season.
- Soil feels dry and compact.
Best way to tell (for most plants): Pop your finger in the soil, if the top 2 inches (usually up to your first knuckle) is dry, it’s time to hydrate. If it still feels a little moist, it’s best to give it another couple of days.
Watering from the bottom is one of the best tips we can share, especially for overwatering plant parents (no judgement here). Check the bottom of your plastic grow pot to see if there’s any visible roots – this method doesn’t work too well if there’s no roots aren’t long enough yet. If there’s roots, you’re good to go.
Place your plant in a shallow bowl of room temperature water for 15/20 mins, letting the plant’s root system drink up all the water it needs through the drainage holes. Make sure to let the plant drip out any excess water before placing back in decorative pot. Leaving plants sitting in puddles of water can lead to root rot.
It’s still good to water plants from the top too, try switching it up every now and then. It’s a good way to fully hydrate the entire root system, as long as your letting the top 2 inches of soil dry before watering again. Having super moist top soil can attract fungus gnats – the bane of any plant parents’ life.
Houseplants can often be a bit fussy with regular auld tap water. Try leaving water out overnight – this lets any chlorine dissipate and you’ve got some room temperature water ready to go for the next day. Your plants will feel happy and hydrated!
We hope you’ve found some of our tips & tricks helpful and we wish you all the plant growth!