5 common watering mistakes and how to avoid them
Like all living things, indoor plants need water to survive. But if you’ve ever owned a plant or two, you know that this whole watering business is one of the trickiest parts of being a plant parent. We’re here to shed some light on some of the biggest watering mistakes people make and help you avoid them so your plants can truly thrive.
1- Watering too much (overwatering)
A lot of people get confused and think overwatering refers to the amount of water used per watering. But overeating actually means watering too frequently!
How will you know if you’re watering too frequently? Look for these signs before you water:
- Are the leaves perky (if so they don’t need watering) or droopy (they probably need water)?
- Insert your finger into the soil. Is it dry? Or is the soil sticking to your finger all moist? Check Online to see how dry your plant needs to be before its next watering (one inch of the soil, two inches, or fully dry) and use the finger test to assess.
- Yellow leaves? That’s often a sign of overwatering. Brown crispy leaves? Under-watering, or using the wrong water, but that’s for a different post:)
2- Not watering enough (under-watering)
Like we mentioned earlier, under watering can be detrimental to your plant. Dry soil and dead leaves are all signs your plant needs some of that H2O magic. Every plant has different needs, so make sure you pay attention to each plant. Some plants like more frequent waterings than others, and unfortunately there's no one size fits all when it comes to watering your plants (although we wish there was). Dr. google can be very helpful here.
Bonus: If your plant dries out really fast, and when you water it all of the water just rushes through it, and the soil is pulling away from the pot - you need to aerate the soil. That’s a nice word for using a wooden skewer to poke holes in the soil and let some air in. That way the water will be able to stay in the soil for longer.
3- Not having a drainage hole
A lot of planters and plant pots were not created with your plant’s needs in mind. When you plant your plant in a planter that doesn’t have a drainage hole, you’re setting it up for failure. A drainage hole makes sure that when you water your plant, the excess water does not stay in the planter (which creates root rot, which equals very sad plants). When we designed our planters, we made sure that won’t happen to your plants, so all our planters have drainage holes. you can check them out here>>
4- Not using the right amount of water
So if overwatering doesn’t mean how much water you use, how much water should you be using? I’m glad you asked!
Enough to fully wet the soil until the water comes out of the drainage hole. This helps flush out salts or minerals, keeping your plant happy and thriving. That’s why many people, us included, like watering their plants in the sink or in a bathtub - it allows them to soak the soil with water, without creating a huge mess. So next time you’re worried about watering with too much water- don’t be. Just make sure there’s a drainage hole so the water doesn’t get stuck in the pot.
5- Excess water left in the planters saucer
Your planter has a drainage hole, and you’ve got a cute saucer under it for when you water it. But when you water your plant, you might be leaving that water in the saucer for too long, essentially leaving your plant in water for too long. We’ve already established how that’s bad for your plant. With our planters we found a way to have our plant and water it too. We designed our planters with a matching saucer that’s shape separates the excess water completely, so the roots will never just sit in water. That saucer doesn’t just keep the excess separate from the roots, it also saves that water for future waterings. Using a special cord placed between the planter and the saucer, your plant will be able to drink directly from the water in the saucer. Our self watering mechanism will keep your plant happy and thriving (yay).
What are your greatest plant watering challenges? Let us know in the comments below!
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