Indoor Plant Watering Techniques Indoor Plant Watering Techniques
A lot of people find plant watering a rather difficult job since they do not know exactly how and when the plants need to be watered. However, it is very important not to over-water the plants but unfortunately this is a common mistake of many household owners. If a plant is normally outside but you are keeping it indoors, you do not have to water it as much as you have to water it outside since it will not be exposed to a lot of sunlight. Thus, here are some techniques of how to water indoor plants properly and efficiently.
When to Water
You can easily know the time to water an indoor plant by simply putting a finger about 4 to 6 inches down into the plant's soil. It is important to push you finger down into the pot since the dirt could be very moist at the surface but at the same time be very dry at the bottom where the roots are. Moreover, many garden shops have a special tool which is almost like a pen with a hook at the end of it and a LED at the top. When this apparatus is placed in the soil, it will measure the moisture level and eventually will start to blink if the dirt is dry.
Prepare the Water
Allow the water to reach room temperature by leaving it to stand for a few hours. This is very important since cold water can shock the plants, especially in the summer hot days. Remember to always use clean and sterilized water and so try to make use of the air conditioner water as it is very healthy for plants. This will also help to reduce water waste and the cost of your energy bill.
Watering From Above
It is important to know that different house plants require different water techniques. Indoor plants with thick leaves and stems must be watered directly from above by pouring water into the pot. For this method it is recommended to use a watering can rather than a hose pipe so that you will minimize the water pressure on the soil’s surface. Wait for a few minutes and then water again until it drains down to the bottom of the pot.
Watering From Below
Soft plants such as Begonias and Cape Primrose need to be watered from below. Pour the water in the pot dish so that these succulent plants will start to suck up the water by means of their long roots. There is no need to pour a lot of water in the dish and it is better to pour the water slowly to give time for the plant to absorb it.
As their name implies, these plants grown in an urn-like shape and to water them you only need to pour some water in their crown. Then wait for a couple of minutes and if the water is quickly absorbed, water the plant again with half the previous amount of water.
These are some basic watering techniques for indoor plants. However, always try to find some information about your plants since some of them need specific care, and avoid watering the plants in direct sunlight since they can easily get burned.