Knowing when and how to water indoor plants is one of the most impactful and easiest ways to ensure your plants thrive in your home. Watch the video and read the tips below to learn how to water indoor plants the right way.
The pot matters.
Most plants you buy from other retailers come in black plastic grower’s pots. These pots are meant to be temporary containers for your plants, not a permanent solution. Plants kept in grower’s pots long-term are almost always root-bound, which inhibits their growth, makes it hard to water them properly, and makes them more susceptible to disease. To keep your plants healthy, they need to be in clay pots to help the soil ‘breathe’. They also need pots with drainage holes to promote proper drainage and, should be on a saucer to allow you to water thoroughly without damaging your floor or table.
Different plants have different water needs.
Just like people, different plants like different moisture conditions. Succulents, for example, like to be kept on the dry side and are highly susceptible to rot if over-watered. Tropical plants like Ferns and Calatheas, need to be kept consistently moist, and other plants like to dry out somewhat between waterings. Understanding your plant’s unique watering needs and preferences is the first step to knowing how to water your indoor plant correctly.
Water the soil, not the leaves.
It’s important to avoid splashing the leaves when you water your plant. Make sure the spout of your watering can is below the leaves and aimed only at the soil. This easy method helps prevent bacterial infections, insect infestations, and other health issues.
Water thoroughly and evenly.
Plant’s root systems mirror their foliage. If you only water one side the roots (and leaves) will grow towards the available water. To keep your plant full and lush, water evenly all the way around the pot. And water thoroughly until water drips out the bottom of the pot into the saucer.
Dump out any excess water.
Just like people don’t like their feet sitting in wet shoes or socks, plants also don’t like their roots to be kept wet. When a plant’s roots sit in saturated soil for too long, they will eventually rot. After watering thoroughly, wait a few minutes to allow the water to drain into the saucer, then discard any excess water to avoid soggy soil and ‘wet feet’.
Changing the way you water your plants brings you one step closer to being a great plant-parent and developing your green thumb!