Each houseplant has its own watering preferences. Some indoor plants need almost daily watering, while others can easily do without water for 2-3 weeks. It is important to know that in summer and winter, the need for watering in the same plant changes because plants have a period of rest and a period of growth.
In addition, the need for watering depends directly on factors such as humidity and air temperature in the room, lighting, and earth mixture. Irregular or too abundant watering can provoke yellowing of leaves, green leaf fall, falling of buds in plants that are about to bloom. There are approximate intervals in watering indoor plants.
How often do you need to water the flowers so that they can provide active growth of the root system and foliage mass?
Plants will suffer if the roots get too little water. On the other hand, excessive watering is the main cause of the death of indoor plants.
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to the question of how often to water flowers, but there are a number of guidelines. Never guess, just find the watering requirements for your plant. Unfortunately, the correct interval between watering is not so easy to determine it can range from one day to several months.
The required watering frequency depends on the plant, pot size, type of compost, season, indoor conditions, etc.
- indoor plants should be watered 2-3 times a week (indoor plants should be watered depending on the type of plant: cactuses are watered less often, they are enough 1-2 times a week);
- outdoor plants should be watered 4-5 times a week (outdoor plants need a higher level of moisture because they are affected by the environment (wind, sunlight)).
The watering procedure once a week may be satisfactory for a limited range of ornamental plants, but even in this case you will have to extend this period in the winter.
The best way is to find out how the plant lets you know when it needs watering.
Necessary equipment for determining:
- Forefinger. The index finger is the most useful aid for determining the need for watering flower pots.
- Soil moisture indicator. The soil moisture indicator is particularly useful for determining the need for irrigation in large containers. Alternatively, you can make a dipstick sensor.
Watering from a watering can is carried out in the morning, but do not water if bright sunlight falls directly on the pot. The pot should be installed in a pallet or in a watertight pot. Pour the water slowly, using a long-spouted watering can. Place the end of the spout under the leaves and close to the edge let the water seep down. Check it out in about 10 minutes. Pour again if the water has not passed through. Drain all remaining water from the tray or pot after about 30 minutes.