When it comes to keeping plants alive and thriving, the biggest problem is overwatering. Here are our tips to help you determine your plant’s watering needs.
Know your plant
All plants have different needs when it comes to watering. Lighting, temperature and humidity levels will all need to be considered together. Working this out can sometimes be daunting, but understanding your plant’s natural environment is the key to help your plant thrive at its best. For example, cactus and succulents are native to dry, arid environments and therefore can tolerate watering a lot less frequently. On the other hand, tropical natives like the Boston Fern love consistent moisture and high humidity.
A drainage hole at the bottom of the pot is important. It allows excess water to drain through freely, as plants are susceptible to suffocation and root rot in consistently soggy soil.
The soil feels soggy – do not water
The soil feels moist – do not water unless your plant loves consistent moisture
The soil feels dry – time to water
Most houseplants prefer the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering. If it is dry to the touch then it’s in need of a good soak with tepid water. Water in the morning if possible, so the moisture has time to evaporate before the temperature cools down at night. This helps to avoid fungal infections and attract pesty bugs.
Water your plants right
When you do water your plant, don’t let it sit in a saucer of water as they’re prone to root rot. Soak the soil thoroughly and wait for the water to drain through, then empty any excess water sitting in the saucer.
As most plants grow more in spring and summer, they need to be watered more often.
All plants from Natures Colours come with an easy to read Plant Care Guide to help you through your journey.