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The Green Guide: When to water houseplants

Houseplants are not only beautiful additions to our interior, but they also provide numerous health benefits and improve air quality. To ensure that our green companions thrive and flourish, it is essential to water them correctly. It may seem like a simple task, but it requires some knowledge and attention. In this blog post we elaborate on the importance of the right time to water houseplants, and share some useful tips to ensure that your green oasis stays in top condition.

  • Understand the needs of your houseplants

Every houseplant has unique needs when it comes to watering. Some plants, such as succulents and cacti, thrive in dry conditions and do not need much water. On the other hand, plants like ferns and monsteras require regular and moderate watering. It is vital to understand what type of plant you have in your home and research their specific needs. Read plant labels, search online for information, or consult an expert at a local nursery to learn more about your plants' individual care needs.

  1. Check the ground

The best way to determine if your houseplant needs water is to check the soil. Stick your finger about two inches deep into the soil near the roots. If the soil feels dry, the plant needs water. If the soil feels moist, you can postpone watering for a while. Overwatering is often one of the most common mistakes people make when caring for houseplants, so it's important to avoid it.

  1. Pay attention to the environmental conditions

Various factors can influence the water needs of your houseplants. In summer, plants usually need more water due to higher temperatures and growing seasonal needs. In winter, watering can be reduced, as most plants are in a dormant period and require less moisture. In addition, factors such as humidity and the location of your plants (for example, near a window, where they may dry out more quickly) can affect their water needs.

  1. Use proper watering technique

When watering houseplants, the watering technique is just as important as the right time. Always pour water carefully at the roots of the plant rather than over the leaves. Leaves that remain moist for too long can become susceptible to disease. Also use a watering can with a long, narrow spout to accurately dose the water and prevent spills.

  1. Take the pot and drainage into account

The pot you placed the houseplant in also plays a role in watering. Pots with drainage holes are essential as they drain excess water and prevent the roots from sitting in too much water. If your pot does not have drainage holes, consider using a new pot or reducing your watering so as not to suffocate the plant.

Conclusion

Watering houseplants isn't an exact science, but with the right care and attention you can help your plants thrive. Understand the unique needs of your plants, check the soil regularly and adjust your watering based on environmental conditions. By using the right watering technique and taking the pot and drainage into account, you can create a healthy and lush green environment that you can enjoy for years to come.

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