house plants - Knowledgebase Question

mesa, Ar
Question by sbaylog
August 20, 2009
seems like I water too much and have trouble keeping my plants from dropping leaves

Answer from NGA
August 20, 2009


Over watering is common with houseplants and it's really difficult without experience to know exactly when to water and how much to water until you become familiar with your plants. I can tell when mine need watering by picking up the container. If it's heavy, the soil is moist; if it's lightweight the soil is on the dry side and needs water. Of course you need to pick the plants up at least once a week to be able to tell. Another way is to stick your finger down into the soil. If it's dry one inch down, it's time to water; if it is still moist, you won't need to water for a few more days. It you still can't come to terms with your plants you may want to simply water everything well and then set a water bottle into the soil, sinking it down to the shoulders. When the soil begins to dry out the water will be released from the bottle. When the bottle is empty simply refill and replace. Hope this helps!

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