We all like to keep plants indoors for many reasons. They add colour, create a nice atmosphere, and bring nature into our homes. But sometimes the indoor conditions end up being too much for your beloved indoor garden.
People make mistakes that harm the health of their potted plants more often than you might think.
I have discovered the following 5 water mistakes that most people make when trying to keep their houseplants alive. You may not know it, but you're actually making some pretty big blunders that can lead to serious stress for your plants - and possibly even kill them. This blog will teach you what to avoid and how to save a few plants!
While it may seem obvious, when it comes to houseplant health, the plant tag is one of the most important resources at your disposal. The better you understand your plant, the more successful you will be at caring for a specific species.
Plant tags usually give details of the plant species, and tend to also include useful information about light and humidity needs. For example, if your plant needs high or low levels of moisture and light, you need to consider where in your home is best to place it in terms of your conditions.
For instance, if your plant requires high humidity (such as calathea), a humid bathroom might be a great fit, while if it requires low humidity (such as succulents) then an area with less moisture will be preferable.
Watering at night can be bad news for your plants. If the leaves don't have time to dry before sundown, mildew is likely to occur. Mildew thrives in damp conditions, and it's a problem you definitely want to avoid. It's a fungus that spreads quickly to other plants in the room and outside of your home as well. Not only does it produce an unsightly film on the leaves, but it can also be difficult to kill once established.
If you water your houseplants overnight, always make sure that the plants are in a room with sufficient air circulation or next to an open window so the leaves will dry quickly between waterings.
One of the most common mistakes people make when watering indoor plants is that they assume that all plants have the same needs.
The truth is, just like humans and animals, every plant has its own particular set of needs. While a person might feel comfortable with light clothing in the summer, for example, a polar bear might be uncomfortable with anything but thick fur to protect itself from heat.
Similarly, while some plants need to be watered less in one season than another (more on this later), others need to be watered more during certain seasons because they are going through a growth spurt or because they're getting bigger or taller.
The first step to figuring out how much water your indoor plants need is by first understanding what type of plant it is and what its natural environment would look like if it was growing in nature.
You should not use both the top and bottom methods at once because they are contradictory. The soil needs time to absorb water when you bottom-water, which would be disrupted if you were also watering from the top.
Additionally, some plants don't need to be watered in the soil at all; instead, they absorb moisture through their leaves or stems. Top-watering should only be used for these plants.
If your plant requires bottom-watering but you've been using the top method, its roots may not grow deep enough into the soil and become dependent on surface moisture instead (which will dry out faster).
Top-watered plants that are moved to an environment where only bottom-watering is possible may have dehydrated roots that can no longer absorb water properly.
Another point to consider is that top watering your plants, especially indoor plants, can lead to fungus gnat infestations which can kill your plants.
Fungus gnats are those pests that look like fruit flies but smaller. These pesky little bugs feast on the roots of potted plants, usually the ones that like to stay moist.
How much you water your plant can be affected by seasonality. Depending on the time of year, the seasons and weather changes may be causing your plants to drink more or less water than before.
If you notice that your plants are drinking more or less water, adjust how often you are checking their soil moisture levels and how much water you give them each week.
For example, if it is a hot summer day or an unseasonably warm fall day and the sun is shining through the windows, your plants will likely need more water than usual because they will be sweating excessively due to excessive heat exposure.
Also, if there are strong winds outside and there is a breeze coming through your window that is blowing on your plants all day then they will likely also need more water because of wind exposure.
If it is cold outside or cloudy for days on end (especially in spring time), then it makes sense for your plant to be drinking significantly less than usual since there is not as much sunlight hitting its leaves directly resulting in less heat absorption as well as less air movement hence no sweating happening so no excessive water loss occurring either!
Keep this in mind when watering their soil - check it before watering again just like normal but only add slightly more mineral-rich tap liquid fertilizer into their container if necessary with some extra rainwater collected from outside after checking under each leaf blade again first too see what type of droplets are forming underneath them before making any adjustments at all though!
Plants are usually easy to take care of, (just being alive proves that they can survive) but if you're like me and tend to forget every week, sometimes they end up slowly starting to die.
Whether your plant is slowly wilting, or has become a dried up husk of its former self, there's hope. If you recognize the signs of a dying plant, and correct them quickly, with just a little luck you can have your beautiful queeze in no time.