How to work out when and how much to water our indoor plants

Indoor plants are a great way to add life and colour to any space, but they require proper care and attention to thrive. One of the most crucial aspects of plant care is watering. However, determining when and how much water your indoor plants can be challenging, especially if you’re a beginner.

Overwatering or underwatering can cause various problems, such as root rot or dehydration, respectively, and can ultimately kill your plants. Therefore, it’s essential to learn the basics of watering your indoor plants.

Here are some tips to help you work out when and how much to water your indoor plants:

Observe your plant’s soil

The best way to determine when to water your indoor plants is by checking the soil moisture level. Stick your finger an inch or two into the soil, and if it feels dry, it’s time to water your plant. If the soil feels moist, then hold off on watering for a few more days. Over time, you’ll get to know your plant’s watering needs and frequency.

Water your plants deeply

When watering your indoor plants, ensure you give them enough water, but not too much. To ensure deep watering, pour water slowly into the pot until it begins to drain out of the bottom. This ensures that the roots are well-hydrated and that any excess water drains away, preventing root rot.

Consider the plant type

Different indoor plants have different watering needs. For example, succulents and cacti require less water than other houseplants. Plants that thrive in moist environments, such as ferns, require more water. Research the specific needs of your plant to determine how much and how often you should water it.

Adjust the watering frequency based on the season

In general, indoor plants need less water during the winter months when they are growing more slowly, and the air is drier. Conversely, they require more water during the warmer months when they are actively growing and transpiring. You may need to adjust the frequency of your watering based on the season and the humidity levels in your home.

Don’t let your plants sit in standing water

Leaving your plants sitting in standing water can cause root rot and other problems. After watering your indoor plants, make sure to drain any excess water that has been collected in the saucer underneath the pot.

Watering your indoor plants requires patience, attention, and observation. By following the above tips, you can work out when and how much to water your plants and keep them healthy.

How to water plants using sprays and water cans

Watering plants with sprays and water cans is a common and effective way to provide plants with the moisture they need.

The first step is to fill the water can or spray bottle with room-temperature water. For plants in pots or containers, using a watering can with a narrow spout will help direct water to the root and not the leaves.

Tips for your water can

When choosing a watering can to water your plants, it’d best to use a metal one than a plastic one, metal is a more eco-friendly choice and they last longer than the plastic alternatives.

Immediately after using liquid fertilisers, give them a thorough rinse. Because they are acidic and/or salty, fertilisers, both organic and non-organic, can induce rust.

Indoor Plants at Tops

We look after lots of different types of plants throughout Tops Day Nurseries like the spider plant. We make sure to research how to look after them so we can keep them thriving for as long as possible. We love the environmental benefits indoor plants provide like reducing the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere and the natural colour it adds to our rooms.

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