It can be easy to forget about your plants when you walk by them in your home every day, but it’s important that you pay they the attention that they need and make sure they are properly watered. While some of us tend to neglect our plants and leave them under-watered, others do just the opposite and over-water their plants –both cases typically resulting in the death of the plant. Simply follow these six steps to ensure you are watering your plants properly and allowing your plants to live a long life:
6 Steps to Properly Water Indoor Plants
- Pot plants correctly. It’s very important to pay attention to the plant container type and size, and the potting soil you use for your plant. Rather than using garden soil, opt for a lightweight potting medium for your indoor plants. To ensure you’re using the right potting medium for your plants, just do a little research. Be sure all pots have drainage holes and use a pot that isn’t too big. When transplanting your plant, the new pot should not be more than 2 inches wider or deeper than the previous pot.
- Re-pot root bound plants. A plant becomes root bound when it outgrows its container. If this happens, you will notice that when you pull the plant out of the pot, there is only roots and no soil. If this happens, it’s time for a larger pot! In some cases, there may still be soil but the roots of the plant are too bunched together, causing the plant to suffer.
- Water plants when they need it. Every plant has a different need for water – the amount of water needed depends on the time of year, type of plant, and the stage of growth of the plant. Do some research to find out the water requirements for your plant – some may need to be constantly damp while others might need to be completely dry before being watered again.
- Observe the plant and its medium. You know something isn’t right when your plant is drooping or appears wilted. You may even notice the warning signs of yellowing, browning or dropped leaves. Any of these symptoms can be the result of over- or under-watering. Be sure to check the soil and the saucer under the pot for excess water; it more often than not means that your plant is being watered too often.
- Stick your finger 2” into the potting medium. This is a great way to determine your plants watering needs. By putting your finger into the potting medium, you can tell if the soil is dry, moist or soggy. If the soil is soggy and you notice that the leaves are brown or wilting, then the plant has been over-watered and the roots are probably beginning to rot. If the soil is dry but has the previous symptoms, then the plant needs more water. For plants that appear healthy but have dry soil, consult a care guide to determine if your plant needs to have constantly moist soil. If it does, then go ahead and water your plant. However, if you’re supposed to let your plant dry between watering, water in 2 days or if you notice the plant beginning to wilt.
- Water until water drains out of the pot. Once water begins to drain from the bottom of the pot, empty the water that collected in the saucer. If a pot is too dry, water might run out of the sides of the pot where the soil has left a space. To fix this, soak the pot for an hour in a tub of water. Plants that are root bound won’t be able to take in enough water to keep the plant from wilting. For root bound plants, separate and trim the roots and then re-pot into a larger container.
In many cases, over-watering your houseplants can not only lead to root rot, but mold and mildew as well. If your plants have become victim to this, you can bring them back to health by treating them with Pure 3-Way. Pure 3-Way is a fungicide that incorporates natural ingredients, including lemongrass oil, to fight mold and mildew and allow your plants to flourish once again. Once treated, ensure your plants remain healthy and keep insects and disease away by applying Green Thumb to them regularly.