How to water your houseplants
(and how to know if you’re overwatering)
Watering houseplants seems like it should be easy enough, but so many of us struggle with it!
Let’s start with the TYPE of h2O to use: most tap water should be fine unless your water is softened (there’s salt in there that can cause build ups and cause problems later on)
Water should always be at room temp before you shower your plants!
PRO TIP: Collect rain water to use on your houseplants for an extra shot of nutrients!
*Not all plants need the same amount of water. Take clues from nature: lots of houseplants come from tropical regions where it rains frequently. These species usually have big leaves that use up a lot of water to look good.
Plants like these will need more water than those of the cacti or succulent family who come from desert areas. These guys prefer their soil to dry out in between watering.
If you see any wilting leaves, it's time to water. But you don't want to let your plants get to this point because they won't look as good & it makes them less able to fend off diseases.
Instead, try making a habit of checking on your houseplants at least once a week to see if they need a drink! set a reminder in your phone or search for a plant app to store your plants, find extra info on care, and setup a watering schedule.
PRO TIP: Watering in the morning is more preferable than the evening, giving any wet splashes on leaves time to evaporate.
*Sitting moisture increases the likeliness of diseases to catch.
And now for the dreaded problem of OVERWATERING your house plants
No new growth or yellow leaves can be a sign of overwatering! Check your soil to see if it’s dry before giving your plant a drink.
•Lots of moisture encourages fungi and bacteria to grow in the soil, which can cause bad odors, especially when roots are rotting.
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