A plant needs water – everyone knows that. But everyone knows a sad story anyway. So that you don't experience a horror story, have this article on the subject of indoor plants watered and tell us about it. We show how much water a plant needs and what to do if it's too much or too little.
Watering how much?
In order to water properly, it must first be clear what the right amount of water is for the respective plant. Stupidly, the amount cannot be generalized. Proper watering is all about noticing WHEN your plant needs water. There are two options here, the granny trick and the technical variant.
The Granny Trick
With this method, you use your finger to check if your plant needs water. This is the case when the top 2 cm of soil is dry. As long as this layer is still damp to the touch, you don't need to water. This will prevent the soil from getting too wet or drying out.
For the lazy - or the technical method
If you want it even easier, you can use a small sensor. For example, a soil moisture meter can be placed in the pot with the plant. Then it can be easily read whether the moisture of the plant is "in the red" or "in the green" area.
Water indoor plants in winter
In the winter months, December to February, indoor plants also go into hibernation. The sun shines significantly less, which is why the plant reduces its metabolism and therefore needs less water. It should still be watered regularly - but much less in terms of quantity.
If something went wrong during casting
Even long-time plant owners forget to water their houseplants - or overwater them. Here's what you can do about it.
If too little watered
Your plant will show you how it's doing. If too little has been poured, the plant will initially drop its leaves. If the leaves start to turn brown or wither completely, action should be taken to save the plant.
At this stage, the soil is probably so dry that it cannot absorb the water immediately. That's why you have to start pouring slowly. At first, water lightly to reaccustom the soil to the moisture. If you then water again, you will notice that the soil can absorb the moisture much better. However, you should not overdo it with watering, because your plant often survives drought better than a swampy landscape.
If too much has been poured
Watering houseplants too much is at least as bad for the plant as watering too little. The roots of the plant need oxygen. This is missing when the soil is too moist. When the leaves start to turn yellow and fall off, many plant lovers think their plants are drying up and water even more... It takes a bit of experience to read a plant.
In the worst case, too much water leads to root rot. If it has come to this, then the chance of a rescue is rather small. The only chance now is to repot your plant immediately. You can find out how repotting works here.
What are your experiences with watering indoor plants? Do you have any other tips? Then write to us!
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