Watering houseplants can be a tricky thing to master. Some people like to water houseplants on a schedule, but this never seems to work out too well. Thankfully, we found some great tips that have transformed the health of our houseplants. Read this article to learn exactly how often you should water your houseplants.
How often should you water houseplants?
Most houseplants need to be watered every 1-3 weeks. You should monitor your houseplants and water them only when they need it, rather than on a fixed schedule. Frequency of watering will depend on the size and type of plant, size and type of pot, temperature, humidity and rate of growth.
Read on to find what you need to always get it right when watering your houseplants. There are some really easy ways to tell when your houseplants need to be watered, and once you know this, you can hardly go wrong!
How To Know When To Water Houseplants?
- Type of plant – Some plants love wet conditions and others like it dry. Some can tolerate drying out well before a good soaking, where others need a steadily moist environment. Check your plant’s water requirements as this will help greatly when assessing whether to water or not.
- Test soil dryness – Use your index finger and poke it into the potting mix around your plant. You will be able to feel whether the top few inches of soil is damp. For many plants, the depth at which the soil is dry to is a good indicator of when to water the plant.
- Feel the soil through the drainage holes – Use your fingertips to feel the bottom of the soil through the drainage holes in the bottom of the plant pot. You will be able to assess the dryness of the soil to help determine whether watering is required. Only water the plant if the soil is dry.
- Watch for signs of wilting – Wilting or drooping leaves can often indicate that your plants are suffering from lack of water. Be careful to use this in combination with assessing the soil, as there are other things that can cause wilting, including overwatering or disease. It’s really important to treat the right cause of wilting in your plants, rather than making the problem worse.
- Use a moisture meter – If you have a tricky plant, or if you just want to be a bit more exact about the process, you could use a moisture meter to assess whether your plants need water. These are inexpensive and reliable and can make a big difference if you are having problems.