Indoor plants are very aesthetic and bring a breath of oxygen in our homes. But to have beautiful and healthy plants, you have to take good care of them and especially water them correctly and at the right time. Whether you have a green thumb or you are a beginner, these tips will be very useful!
When to water your plants?
- Don’t wait until the leaves of your plants are hanging miserably to water them! To know the right time, here are some tips that will help you know if they are thirsty before they suffer.
- Tap the tip of your fingernail. If it sounds hollow, it’s a sign that the soil is parched.
- Push a finger into the soil. If you can’t, the plant is not getting enough water.
- Stick a knitting needle into the soil. It should come out wet. If the needle comes out dry, it’s time to water.
- Get a watering indicator test to stick into the soil of the pot. There are various models, from the plastic flower that changes color, to the porcelain frog whose eyes blink, to the electronic singing bird… These gadgets are especially intended for those who tend to forget to water their plants.
Our tips for properly watering your plants
To have beautiful plants, you have to water them correctly! Here are some rules to follow.
- First of all, it is important to water your plants at the beginning of the day. Watering them at night will create a humid environment around the plant that favors the development of fungal diseases.
- Use soft, warm water.
- Do not overwater, so as not to drown the plant (also avoid drowning the roots).
- Allow short periods of dryness.
- Don’t throw away a plant that has withered because of lack of watering, a rescue is always possible! Put it to bathe in the sink overnight.
- Space out the watering of a repotted plant.
- Never let water stagnate in the saucers placed under the pots. This causes the roots to rot.
- In containers with water reserves, let the roots air out for a few days between refills.
- Once a week, spray the leaves with non-lime water at room temperature.
- Plants with downy or hairy leaves, such as St. Paulias, should not be drenched or even watered on the foliage. Water retained by the hairs will cause the leaves to rot.
What to do when you go on vacation?
To avoid finding your plants parched when you return from vacation, use one of our effective techniques:
- Group your plants together in the bathtub or sink filled with water.
- Add a water retainer to the soil mixture. This amazing product will soak up a hundred times its volume and water the plants as they need it.
- The next time you repot, replace the normal potting soil with Terroflor which already contains a water retainer.
- Place used tea bags at the bottom of the pots and water them so that they soak up water and act as water retainers.
- Connect your pots to a high water supply via small hoses. (Remember to adjust the flow rate of the water supply to avoid flooding).
- Place beer bottles filled with water upside down in the soil.