Watering indoor plants can be a little confusing since each and every plant may need a different amount of water! In this guide, we’ll teach how to water indoor plants the right way, how often, and which plants may need more water than others!
Improper watering is the number one killer for indoor plants, but these general watering rules will get you and your plants on the right path!
Tips for Watering Indoor Plants
Keep in mind that some plants need constantly moist soil, while others may need dry soil before they can be watered again! Thankfully though, MOST houseplants fall somewhere in between those two extremes: not too much water, but also just enough water!
There are two ways of watering indoor plants: from the top or from the bottom.
Method 1: Watering From The Top
This method involved pouring water directly on top of the soil and letting the soil absorb that water. Once you’ve watered your plant from the top, allow the soil to soak up all the water before you decide to give it even more water. You’ll know if your plant has too much water if the plant tray has collect water. If the trey contains water, be sure to empty it out so the plant doesn’t sit in it.
With this method, you’re less likely to over-water your plants, but it can also be a little bit tricky to know if your plant received ENOUGH water because you can only see the top soil.
Method 2: Watering From The Bottom
If you have potted plants that have drainage holes, you can water from the bottom. Just fill the plant trey with water so that the plants can soak up the water from the bottom. This method is best for plants that don’t like water on their leaves or flowers, such as African violets.
Although this method is great for getting the root balls wet, it can also be tricky because it’s very easy to over-water your plant. Make sure to check the soil before watering and never let your plant sit in a tray of water for too long.
Most people use tap water on their plants, but since it contains chemicals and other additives, it can actually harm your plants. If you’re looking to get the greenest, healthier houseplants, use rainwater. Simply place a large container outdoors to collect rainwater. Now use that rainwater to water your houseplants!
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