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May 18, 2020 12:50 AM CST
|Hi everyone, I'm a beginner when it comes to looking after plants however I have had a few low maintenance houseplants which I have managed to keep alive over the past few years.
Recently I moved to a north facing apartment from an east facing apartment. I think I made a mistake by repotting my plants during the first week here as I should have probably let them adjust to their new environment first, right?
Anyway, I also don't think I have given them enough water in the potting mix, the soil is very dry however I'm super afraid of over watering them! I have snake plants, corn plants, jade plant (hasn't grown in years) and a chilli plant (leaves are now wilting).
How much water can I give them on top of the soil now that they are repotted?
May 18, 2020 1:15 AM CST
| even though they have been shocked by the move and the repotting, they still need water. Water all of them, until the water runs out of the bottom of the pot and the soil is saturated. Be sure to dump any water in the saucers afterward. The corn plant and pepper plant will need more frequent watering, the jade, much less. You may need supplemental lighting, particularly for the pepper plant, which usually needs full sun for ast least 6 hours. The snake plant can be kept on the dry side, also. I only water mine about once a month.
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May 18, 2020 12:01 PM CST
|Plants do best when they are watered and repotted only as-needed, not by a generalized formula or schedule. Try to treat each plant individually, even though that may not be as convenient. Different plants have different needs.
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May 18, 2020 12:29 PM CST
|Watering intervals is indeed good for the plants you have. However, making them excessively bone dry is not good as well. They are not cacti. They do have drought tolerant properties but it does not mean they do not need better watering as seasons change.
Your location is Dubai, UAE, so your growing area is much drier already. Try to improve your watering. In winter it is understandable to have longer intervals but once it is Spring and going into the summer months, even while indoors, your plants will need better watering regimen. I would also think by now your indoor AC is running, so it is making things drier indoors.
It also depends what media you used when you planted them. Succulents need grittier media to allow faster dry out time. Tropical plants need a bit more moisture retention at root zone.
North facing windows is generally a weak light source. If you have no other option and it is not a privacy issue for you, keep those windows unobstructed, so as much light can enter. I looked at your weather forecast, it is in the triple digit mark outside, so for sure lots of dry, hot air and very sunny. It is a blessing your plants are all indoors, otherwise they will all be dry roasted.
Newly repotted succulents like your jade plant, just needs a few days to adjust. If it has existing roots, then after a few days you can water freely, but make sure water drains out. Same with the Sans and corn plant, allow excess water to always drain out. In poor light conditions they do not like to sit in water too long needelessly.
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