How Often Should I Water My Houseplants?

July 13, 2023

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It's no secret that having houseplants is entirely awesome. Not only do they brighten up any space, but did you know that they also improve the air quality in your home? That's right, plants help to filter toxins and pollutants from the air, leaving you with fresher, cleaner air to breathe. Plus, studies have shown that being surrounded by greenery can actually reduce stress levels and improve your overall mood. 

But let's talk about something a little more practical: watering. It may seem simple, but it's crucial for maintaining happy, healthy plants. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other diseases while underwatering can leave your plants parched and sad. It's important to find the right balance for each individual plant, as specific plants have different watering needs. 

Factors to Consider When Watering Plants


Welcome to the wonderful world of plant parenting! Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting, it's important to understand how different factors can affect your plant's watering schedule.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Light: The amount of light your plant receives can impact water needs. Plants that are in full sun may require more frequent watering than those that are in shade. Keep an eye on your plant's soil and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Humidity: Plants that are native to humid environments may require more moisture than those that come from drier climates. If you live in an arid area, consider investing in a humidifier or placing a tray of water near your plants to increase the moisture in the air.

Temperature: Just like us, plants can get thirsty when it's hot outside. On hot days, consider watering your plants in the morning or evening when temperatures are more relaxed. This can help prevent water from evaporating too quickly.

So, how do you find the right balance when it comes to watering your plants? The key is to pay attention to your plant's individual needs. Check the soil regularly and adjust your watering schedule as needed. Remember that overwatering can be just as harmful as underwatering, so it's always better to err on the side of caution.

Some types of plants may require different watering schedules than others. For example, succulents, like air plants and snake plants, are known for their ability to store water in their leaves and stems, so they typically don't need as much water as most plants. Ferns, on the other hand, require more moisture and may benefit from regular misting.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to enjoy the process of caring for and watering houseplants. Remember that plants can be resilient; a little trial and error is part of the learning process.

Signs That Your Plant Needs Water

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First things first, how do you know if your plant needs water? The most common sign is drooping leaves. If your plant's leaves start to look wilted and sad, it's time to give it a drink. Another way to check is by sticking your finger into the soil. If it feels dry an inch or two down, it's time to water. And if you need to remember, you can also set a reminder on your phone to check on your plants.

Checking your plant's soil moisture level is important because overwatering can be as harmful as underwatering. You can use a moisture meter to check the soil's moisture level or stick your finger an inch into the soil. If the soil is dry at that depth, it's time to water. But if it's moist, hold off on watering for a few more days.

Overwatering is a common cause of plant death, so it's important to avoid it. The easiest way to do this is by using well-draining fresh soil, like potting soil, that allows water to flow through easily. You should also ensure your plant's pot has drainage holes so excess water can escape. And don't forget to empty the drip tray after watering to avoid waterlogged roots.

Top Watering vs. Bottom Watering

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Now that we've covered the basics let's talk about watering techniques. There are two main methods: top watering and bottom watering. Top watering involves pouring room-temperature water directly onto the soil. In contrast, bottom watering involves filling a dish with water and allowing the plant to soak it up through the drainage holes.

So which technique should you use? It depends on your plant's needs. Bottom watering is best for plants with delicate leaves or a tendency to develop fungal diseases, such as African violets or peace lilies. Top watering is better for plants with more robust leaves, such as succulents or cacti.

To top water, your plant, simply pour room-temperature water onto the soil until it starts to flow through the drainage holes. Wait a few minutes, then pour out any excess water. For bottom watering, fill a dish with room-temperature water and place your plant's pot in it. Make sure the water level doesn't reach the top of the soil, and let it soak for 15-30 minutes.

Some plants require additional watering techniques, such as misting. Tropical plants like ferns and orchids thrive in humid environments, so misting their leaves with room-temperature water can help keep them healthy. Just be careful not to mist them too much, as this can lead to mold growth.

Remember, each plant is unique, so it's important to learn about the specific watering needs of your indoor plants. With a bit of practice and attention, you'll become a pro at keeping your houseplants happy and thriving.

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