Every plant is different, as is every plant environment. The same plant will need more water if it’s set in a sunny spot than it will in a shadier one, while older and larger plants will be thirstier than smaller, newer ones.
Stick to these basic plant watering rules and pay attention to how your plant reacts, because every plant is different and it is often a case of trial, error and observation before you understand how much water your plant-baby requires to flourish.
The Amount Of Water Depends On The Size of Your Plant
Larger plants need more water, while smaller plants need less. Large pots containing small plants can hold a lot of moisture, so adjust water accordingly. Small pots or hanging plants may need to be watered twice a day, while large pots can be watered once a day.
Know The Best Time To Water Your Plant
The ideal time to water your plant is either in the morning or in the evening and not when the sun is scorching hot.
Know How Much Is Enough
Add water until it drains out of the drainage holes at the bottom of your pot or planter. If your pot does not have a drainage hole, ensure that it has some sort of safeguard against root rot, whether that’s rocks or another moisture catcher at the bottom. Roots should not be allowed to sit in water as this is the quickest way to kill a plant.
Avoid oversaturating by adding just enough water that it drains out of the bottom; too much can hurt the plant. If you come back again to water later and the top of the soil is moist, you probably don’t need to water again just yet.
Water The Soil
Water should be poured onto the soil, not the plant leaves and flowers. Pouring water directly on to the plant can result in fungal diseases and even scorched spots on the leaves.
Some Wilting Is Normal
Some plants and flowers, especially plants in outdoor pots, may look wilted at the hottest times of day. Don’t panic and drown them in water. Plants wilt as self-protection to keep the roots from losing too much moisture. Wait to see if the plants perk up again once things cool off at the end of the day; if they don’t, simply give them a little more water.
Prevent Root Rot
Don’t let your pots sit in or get drenched with water too often as this could result in your plant developing root rot. If you’re using saucers under planters, be sure to empty them after you water and after it rains to keep the roots and soil moist, but not drenched.