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5 Ideas To Make Sure You Never Overwater Your Plants Again
Soil’s Wetness
To check your plant's soil, insert a wooden dowel or your finger, and if it comes out clean or feels moist but not soaked, it is being sufficiently watered. A more accurate way of measuring your plant’s water quantity is by using a moisture meter.
Drain Excess Water
If you find excess moisture after testing, you’ll want to immediately drain the water, which is easy with pots with draining holes. However, for hanging baskets and heavy pots, place a turkey baster in the soil or a sponge underneath your plant at the bottom of the pot.
Seasonal Changes
Plants consume more water in the summer months, so checking your plant’s moisture level is essential before watering. Ensure your plants have the proper nutrients they need, and during winter, use a humidifier, cluster your plants together, and use warm water.
Water Plants Properly
You’ll want to find a suitable place for your plants depending on their sun requirement and the nutrient needs of other plants. When potting, they should have enough room to breathe; so gently poke holes in the soil to help air and water circulation, or change to an irrigation system or sprinkler.
Self-Watering Systems
Automated watering systems like water globes constantly disperse water for 2 to 3 weeks. For a DIY system, thoroughly clean a plastic bottle, use a nail to poke 5 to 6 medium-sized holes in the cap, cut off the bottom, insert it cap-side-down halfway into a hole in your soil, and fill it with water.