7 Tips For Watering Indoor and Outdoor Plants
Do you have a green thumb, brown thumb or some shade in between when it comes to keeping your plants alive? I hear all of you brown thumbers out there! You aren’t alone.
We recently attended a local workshop on planting a garden at a nursery nearby and I realized that I’m not alone in feeling somewhat inadequate and sometimes guilty about killing so many plants. I heard one guy say that he can’t even keep a cactus alive. Is that you?
Regardless of where you are in your gardening skills, the biggest thing I took away from the workshop is that even the master gardeners look at each planting season as experimental. One year you may get bowls and bowls of blueberries and the next season, not even one berry.
Watering your plants is obvious but when is the best time to water and how do you know your’e watering enough?We have 7 tips for watering indoor and outdoor plants that we think will be helpful to you.
1) Water early in the morning if possible. Watering your outdoor vegetables and flowers when the soil is cooler will help the water penetrate down to the roots. Plants that are watered in the heat of the day may not be able to retain sufficient moisture.
2) Use a watering wand or hose to water hanging plants, flower pots and in ground plants to allow for direct water at soil level. Not all of your plants will be accessible to the garden hose or wand so occasional you will need to use a watering can like the one pictured here or above. Watering at the base of the plant directs only the amount of water needed so you will also be conserving water. The watering wand can definitely help save your back
3) Water outdoor container plants at least once a day because the soil in containers dry out more quickly than soil in a garden or flower bed. Now, if it is a very hot summer day you may need to water again if the soil seems to have dried out from your early morning watering. Also, keep in mind the smaller the container, the more you may need to water.
4) Use a watering can for indoor plants. Try to find one with a long spout that directs water directly to the root. Those leafy plants will benefit from that and you will have less of a mess.
5) Use pots with drainage holes for house plants. Water needs to be able to drain out through the bottom of the pot to prevent the roots from rotting. As most pots come with water collection trays that can hold excess water, remember to dump the standing water that may accumulate. This standing water can attribute to rotting roots as well.
6) Use a soil moisture gauge. If you really want to succeed in keeping your plants healthy and thriving, a soil moisture gauge will help determine if the roots of the plants are dry, moist or too wet. A soil moisture gauge is relatively inexpensive and will save you in the long run.
7) Use good water not water that has been softened. Having a water softener in your home that is connected to all your faucets can have a negative affect on the soil. Too much sodium in the tap water over time may affect the mineral makeup. Just to be safe, use an outdoor water spigot or a rainwater harvesting system like ours to water all your house plants.