Keeping houseplants looking pristine and healthy is much easier said than done. The extra work is worth the effort, though. Houseplants can not only make an inside or outside area look great, but they can also remove pollutants in the air and reduce your stress levels. But there are also a lot of factors that can affect how healthy your houseplant is, including the potting soil and moisture level, amount of light, temperature, humidity, etc. Not to worry though, the majority of the issues can be solved just by adjusting how you water your houseplants. Here are some tips for doing it right.
The most important thing you can do when watering your plants is to properly determine if it even needs water in the first place. Quite simply, you should water your plants when the soil feels dry to the touch. Stick your finger in the soil up to your first knuckle. If you have a plant that loves water, add some when the surface of the soil is dry. If you have a plant that prefers dryer conditions, add water when that soil roughly an inch down comes up dry. Don’t always rely on wilting leaves to determine the need to water. While wilting is certainly a sign that a plant needs water, it can also indicate a plant that had been watered too much.
Your plant will need more watering in the spring and summer months, and will likely go dormant in the winter and won’t require as much water. As such, don’t get too stuck to a schedule when it comes to watering. You’ll need to water more during some parts of the year and less during other months.at Try to water your plants in the morning so that any fallen leaves in the soil have time to dry out. Otherwise, those soggy leaves could invite fungus growth if left overnight.
It’s also important to use room temperature water when watering your plants. Cold water straight out of the faucet can shock plants’ roots. When adding water, don’t be afraid to give your plants a serious drink. Add enough that water comes out of the drain hole at the bottom, ensuring the roots get plenty of moisture.
Finally, aerate your soil every now and again by poking holes in the dirt. This will ensure that water has someplace to go and will evenly distribute the moisture throughout the root system.