In this series of blogs I'll be passing on my experience on the different things to consider in order to keep your indoor plants looking luscious. The thing that seems to stress people the most is knowing how and when to water their plants, so I thought I would tackle that in my first blog post!
Watering Your Indoor Plants
There are so many variables when it comes to water needs of indoor plants, such as how much sun or warmth they get; what potting medium they are in , what type of plant and time of the year. Plants need less water during the winter months because they slow down their growth during winter.
I see ‘death by overwatering’ quite a lot! If a plant is sad looking don’t just add more water, you could be making it worse!
Feel the soil by poking your finger into it is one way however sometimes the roots can be soggy and the top layer is dry, but if this is the only tool you have it can be helpful. The way I find best is to use a moisture meter which you poke deeper into the soil and tells you if it is dry, moist or wet. These are inexpensive to buy and available at LeafLove or some hardware/nursery stores.
For most indoor plants if it reads moist or wet you don’t need to water it yet. Succulents and cacti prefer not to be wet so dry is OK. Definitely don’t water again if it says moist or wet, only when it gets down to the bottom of the dry reading as cacti will rot if the roots get soggy.