Practical Tips For Watering Indoor Plants
- By Yuccabe Italia
- • Dec 18, 2018
One of the most important aspects one should take extra care of while growing indoor plants is their watering routine. On that basis, you will get the results of their growth and fruit-bearing capabilities. Optimized watering is actually a very important criterion for them. Just pick up any biology book and see how important it is for humans to consume water, that too in a specific amount; not too much and not too less. Same is the case for any plant you are growing indoors.
Here are some of the potential tips on how you will maintain an optimized watering routine for your indoor plants:
- Check the topsoil - If it is dry, start watering - Inspect by using your finger onto the potting material. For a new plant, notice the time which it requires to completely dry the soil in between watering sessions.
- Maintain a regular watering schedule - Once you clear the first step, it will be easier for you to get accustomed to the regular watering schedule. It may be possible that they don’t require the same frequency or amount of watering. Note down the differences. While most indoor plants are said to survive if you don’t water them for a few days, it is better for one to maintain (for positive effects) in order to avoid browning of leaves.
- Utilize watering cans with a long spout - This watering tool is said to be the best for watering indoor plants because, through it, you can cover all the sides of the plants and pots leaving behind the issue of water It is also good to have when you need to water hanging wall planters that are a bit hard to reach.
- Be careful with the flowers and leaves - There’s a lot of confusion between the people on the topic - whether to water the flowers or leaves. Some of the people say no and some say it’s ok for the plants that are from the rainforest. However, we all realize that it safer to keep the leaves dry and concentrate the watering activities on the soil and the root system. The reason behind this is that - wet leaves are more prone to leaf mold, fungal growth, and diseases.
- Water your plants in plenty until it falls out of the drainage holes - Just like humans, indoor plants love to drink plenty of water. Remember to use optimized temperate water, pouring sufficiently but steadily. Due to this, the potting mix has time to settle and suck in the moisture and doesn’t overflow or come out of the drainage system.
- Practice watering them in the morning - It will be more sensible because it (i.e. sunlight) will assist them to make the soil dry. Plus the combination of both water and sunlight at the same time makes them produce their food properly. Hence, it’s good for their health too. If watering is done at night, it may get accumulated leading to damaging the roots of the plants leading to root rot.
If you find that even after implementing the best water strategies your plants are not blooming as expected, you should contact an experienced horticulturist who can guide you through the issue. If you have other points to add you can do so by commenting below.