How to Water Houseplants
One of the most common mistakes of houseplants owners is incorrect watering. This is the reason, why the indoor plants often get sick and die. When purchasing them at the store, make sure to check the conditions of plants handling.
Tips for Watering Houseplants
If you often are out of home, work a lot or regularly go on business trips, and nobody can water the plants, then it is better to opt for the most unpretentious plants.
Important rules for watering
- Any plant needs good drainage, so that the roots were not constantly in the water.
- During warmer months, water plants at night; and in the cold, water them in the morning.
- Do not use tap water, as lime in its composition can bring harm to the plant. Well-settled and filtered water is more suitable.
- Before watering, check the soil to make sure that the plant really needs water at the moment.
- Plants, whose leaves do not like water, are better to be watered in the pan. Examples of such plants are: African violets, Gloxinia, cyclamen.
- If the leaves, in contrast, are tolerant to the water, do not forget to spray the plants. It keeps them clean and humidifies the air.
- Do not spray the plants if they are exposed to direct sunlight. Drops in this case focus the sun’s rays like a magnifying glass, causing burns.
- If when watering, the water immediately poured from the pot, almost without soaking into the soil, then it means that the soil is mummified. You should immerse the potted plant in a container of water to the soil level.
- Loosen the soil’s crust, if the water does not pass through the top layer of soil. Then immerse the pot in a bowl of water to the soil level.
- Remember that the plant’s need for watering increases with temperature and light intensity.
- Plants in ceramic pots should be watered more frequently than those in plastic pots.
- Shortage and excess of water is often reflected in the appearance of the plant.
- Low water: the leaves are drooping and withered; they do not grow; the edges of the lower leaves are brown and dry; flowers quickly wither and fall off.
- Water excess: leaves have signs of rot; they fall; lower leaves are yellowed with brown apexes; flowers can have mildew; roots are waterlogged.