Make a habit of checking on your houseplants at least once a week to see if they need a drink. The best way to tell if your plants need water is to stick your finger about an inch into the soil mix ($10, Lowe’s), and if it feels dry, break out the watering can.
One may also ask, how do I know if my plant is thirsty?
So how do you know when a plant needs to be watered? Rhiannon Cramm of Mickey Hargitay Plants in L.A. recommends using your finger to check for signs of thirst. Simply stick your finger in the soil and if the first inch is dry, water. If it looks dry on top but is actually wet below the surface, don’t.
Besides, how do you tell if you’re over or under watering plants?
Overwatering causes plants to drown from lack of oxygen, or suffer from root rot and fungus because they can’t dry out properly.
- Stunted, slow growth.
- Brown, dry or curling leaf edges.
- Flowering plants fail to produce blossoms.
- Brittle, crisp stems.