Plant watering 101- how to water indoor plants
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Plant watering seems pretty intuitive, but in reality…. Getting watering right can be REALLY HARD! And if you’re anything like us, seeing your plants all sad and droopy and not understanding what went wrong can make you feel a little sad and droopy on the inside too…:(
Don't worry, we got you!
We’ve gathered some winning plant watering tips, insights, and tricks that will help you understand your plants better and nail plant watering once and for all. Goodbye, sad plants, hello beautiful shiny happy ones!
Ready to follow our easy peasy indoor plant watering guide and become a Plant watering pro?
- How often should plants be watered?
Plants are a little bit like children - they each have different needs. Desert natives like cacti and succulents need less water than a plant that originates from a place with a rainier climate. The same plant might also need a different amount of water during different times of year. For example, plants are generally thirstier during the summer. For these reasons, rigid plant watering schedules aren’t effective, and there isn’t really a one size fits all. The “water your plants every two weeks” recommendation you might come across isn’t ideal.
If that’s the case, how often water plants indoors?
To know how often you should be watering your plants, you need to check up on them every once in a while, and see if they’re thirsty or not. If you feel like you need a reminder to check up on your plants, setting a weekly one on your phone or google calendar can help you keep track. You can also use a plant watering app. So when should your plants be watered? Place your finger in the soil, if it's dry you can water, if it's damp wait longer.
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!
So if overwatering doesn’t mean how much water you use, how much water should you be using? We’re 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.
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.
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Take plant watering to the next level with a self watering planter
What if your plant could magically water itself? We’re in the business of making your plant dreams come true, so we created a planter with a special self watering mechanism.
WIth our self watering planter, you water your plants, the extra water goes down the drainage hole, and into a saucer placed under the drainage hole. When your plant’s soil is dry and thirsty again, the plant “drinks” the water from a cotton cord placed between the saucer and the pot. This way, our self watering mechanism will help you with your plant’s watering needs, even if you’re out of town for the weekend or just got a little overwhelmed with life and forgot to water it.
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So to recap:
- Water your plants when the soil is dry, check with your finger.
- Water them fully until water comes out the drainage hole
- All planters should have a drainage hole
- Still not sure about watering? Use a self watering planters
What are your biggest watering hardships? Let us know in the comments below!