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There is no easy answer to “how much water should I give to my plant?”  Water well, but not often

  • The time to water varies for every plant 

  • “Dry to the touch” rule for watering care of houseplants - Dipping your finger in the top layer of soil - it's the surefire way to know if your plant needs to be watered.
    If the soil feel damp? Don't water. If the soil feel dry? Water it.


  • Generally, you can go by the “dry to the touch” rule for watering care of houseplants. Only a few houseplants, particularly succulents and cacti, only need to be watered when the soil is completely dry

  • Water thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out a bit before watering again (soil should be moist but not soggy – aerate)

  • more light = more water used (strike a balance)

  • Seasonal differences will effect water frequency. Most plants need less water during winter

  • If there is a decorative topping in the container, scrape a little away to reach in for watering


 Most important factor for happy plants

  • Ensure there is sufficient light to photosynthesize effectively

  • More light = more water usage; less light = less water usage

  • Windowsills in direct sunlight will be too hot for most house plants

  • Generally, variegated- and colored- leaved plants, cacti & succulents, flowering plants must have good light levels


  • Clean the leaves. Dirty leaves block sunlight, glorious sunlight

  • Regularly rotated so that all sides of the plant get exposure to the brightest part of a room


Choose plants wisely

  • Different plants grow well under various growing conditions – Choose plants that suit the environment to match with the plant’s requirements


Generally -

  • plants need to breathe good, fresh air. "Good" air is at the right temperature and humidity for a given plant


  • When it is hotter, evaporation of water and other chemical reactions move faster.  So higher temperature = more water usage (more water needed)


  • Humidity affects the rate of evaporation and transpiration.  More humidity = less evaporation (less water needed)

Be Vigilant

Keep an eye on plants

  • Learn to recognize potential problems early on 

  • Try to read the language of plants - read the signs without talking in words but in smell, color and shape

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