Poor watering management is probably the leading cause of death for indoor plants worldwide. And no, it’s not just by negligence, it’s mainly because of over-care, which is to say, too much water. Be surprised!

This post addresses two of the key questions that may lie at the basis of this “statistic”: The When and the How to water a plant without ruining it.

When to water

Once a week, once a month? To water by routine? No! Evaluate the need for routine watering? Yes!

It is common to walk in the house with the watering can on a certain day of the week, and pour some water on each plant. It is an excellent principle, but it is not ideal. Ideally, you should go through the house with a disposition to dirty your index finger.

Most plants prefer to be watered when the soil on the surface of the pot is dry, but remains humid in depth, approximately from the lower half of the pot. Only by evaluating the state of the soil of each pot (yes, scratching) can you know if it is time to water.

When you water by routine you do not take into consideration:

  • The temperature and relative humidity of the air to which the plant has been subject since the last watering and which can vary considerably;
  • The characteristics of each plant and its size;
  • The time of year. Plants are most in need of water during more active growth phases (usually between spring and autumn) and less need during the winter resting phase.

These factors are directly reflected in the amount of water that the roots remove from the soil of the pot and, correspondingly, to the degree of dryness at each moment. And, by the way, do you know if you’re the only person who walks around the house with the watering can? How many people have access to it? Are you sure you it was not used the night before? For all these reasons and a few more, it is best to dirty your forefinger before watering again. This is the only way to ensure that the plant needs to be watered or if it is already thirsty and you have to shorten the interval between rounds.

How to water

Saturday morning. Watering can in hand. Little drop here, little drop there … it’s affection, I know, but it’s just kisses on the cheek. Of course we like them, plants too, but we run the risk of the water never reaching the lower layers of the land where it really misses. Plants do not die due to this, but they do not develop their full potential and never look (so) good in photography!

To love the plants it is …

… to water each plant abundantly at a time, letting the water reach the entire soil in depth;

… to lift the plant in its plastic vase and stop watering when the water starts to come out through the holes in the bottom of the plastic vase;

… to remove any excess water that is in contact with the bottom of the plastic vase.

This method guarantees the water necessary to the full development of the plant, while maintaining the soil airy and preventing the soaking that can cause serious problems. The main cause of death … because of excessive love …

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