I love plants! They make me feel calm, they’re great for purifying the air in your house, and they can even help with allergies. But I’ve got to be honest: plants are sometimes a little finicky. My mom grew up with an indoor garden that could take care of itself by growing on its own without needing any attention from her. I have never had such luck; my plants always seem to need watering or pruning or something else that requires some sort of maintenance. But don’t worry—if you want to know how often you should water your plants (or if you’re afraid that your plant isn’t getting enough water), then we’ve got answers for you!
There is no one-size-fits-all answer for how often you should water your plants. It depends on the type of plant, the size of the pot, and the environment you’re keeping it in.
The short answer: there is no one-size-fits-all answer for how often you should water your plants. It depends on the type of plant, the size of the pot, and the environment you’re keeping it in.
But this isn’t helpful at all, is it? If you have no idea what kind of plant you have or if it’s a tropical or succulent (or if there are even different types of succulents), then how can you possibly know when to water?
The first step is identifying what kind of plant—or “species”—you have. This will tell you what kind of care it needs and how much water to give it regularly. The second step is learning how much light each species needs so that your houseplants thrive under indoor conditions instead of just surviving like they do outdoors where rain usually falls once every few days as a “natural” watering method.
The first thing to consider is the type of plant you want to keep alive.
The first thing to consider is the type of plant you want to keep alive. Your plants will need different amounts of water, depending on their size and environment. If you want to keep your ferns alive, they’ll need less water than if you were trying to keep a cactus alive. In addition, the size of your pot will impact how much water it needs as well—a large pot will take longer for the soil inside it to dry out than a small one would.
Figuring out how much water your pot can hold can help you figure out what schedule works best for your plant.
Let’s start with the size of your pot. The more space a plant has to fill, the more water it can hold—and vice versa. If you have a big container and don’t want to spend time watering often, go for a succulent or cactus that needs less moisture. Conversely, if you have small plants in large containers (like bonsai), watch out: they likely need more frequent watering.
Next up is soil type: some soils are better at holding onto moisture than others, which means that your plant will need less water based on how much space it can fill with its roots. The same goes for how deep your pot sits above ground level—the deeper the pot is buried in soil, the harder it will be for water to reach its roots and keep them healthy! Finally comes climate conditions: warmer weather tends to dry out soil faster than cooler weather does; if this applies where you live now or plan on living when growing outdoors during summertime months (which may vary depending on where in North America/Canada/etc.), consider ways such as mulching or strategically placing pots so that they receive shade from trees as needed throughout hot spells throughout springtime months leading up until fall equinoxes happening around 21 September each year.
It’s important to consider the environment you’re keeping your plants in.
It’s important to consider the environment you’re keeping your plants in. Plants need more water during the summer, when it’s hot and dry, than they do in winter. They also need more water if they are growing quickly than if they are growing slowly.
How often you should water your plant also depends on where it is in its growth cycle.
You should also keep in mind that how often you need to water your plants depends on where they are in their growth cycle. Plants in the flowering stage need more frequent watering, while those in the growing or resting stages don’t require as much.
It’s important to recognize when a plant isn’t getting enough water, because that can be just as detrimental as overwatering.
There are two main signs of overwatering:
- The leaves start to wilt and droop down towards the soil
- The roots start to rot and decay, which will manifest in a sickly brown coloration at their base
Overwatering is much easier to spot than underwatering because it’s really obvious when you’ve been giving too much water to your plants! But what about when things go wrong? What are the signs that you may be undertreating your plants? Well… if you see any of these symptoms, it could mean that your plant needs more water:
- Leaf wilting or yellowing (not necessarily in unison with each other)
- Browning or blackened leaf tips
Plants show when they need watering.
Then, you should water your plants. If a plant’s leaves are wilted or drooping and the soil feels dry, it is time to give them a drink. Usually this means watering the plant every 1-3 days depending on how much sunlight and water it receives.
Watering your plants is not just about making sure that they have enough water for survival: proper watering helps keep them healthy and beautiful by keeping their roots moist. A well-hydrated plant will have healthier leaves, more vibrant coloration and fewer pests!
There are a few different ways to tell when your plant needs water. The first and most obvious is just looking at it. If the leaves start turning yellow or brown and drooping, then you know something is wrong and it’s time for a watering session! You can also test the soil by taking out a small amount with your fingers and pressing them together. If there isn’t enough moisture between them after releasing their grip from each other, then it’s time for another round of watering. If you take care and monitor your plants you’ll be able to make sure they are never thirsty.