If you have read my other articles, you might remember how watering is the key to healthy houseplants? The plant moisture meter chart is going into this in more detail, so anyone interested in learning to grow beautiful houseplants will love to know this information. We can learn together how to decorate our apartments or homes by reading my blog posts, so with that said let us start learning watering tips.
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You are not interested in all the technical details of how these work I am sure, so instead of taking up your time, I will only provide you the information that will be important for you to know. What you do want to know is 99% of the time our houseplants die from overwatering, and the other 1% is we have not provided them the proper lighting.
How To Use Your Moisture Meter
- I recommend you purchase a simple meter like the one pictured above, and mine does not require batteries as some do.
- Insert the probe about three-quarters down into your container, and this will provide you the moisture at the roots of your houseplant.
- The red zone is for dry plants such as succulents, you will find staying around three works well. Cactus is another one that prefers dry soil, and if you stay around three you are just under the moisture zone. Bonsai trees also should be in this zone as well, I hope this is giving you some useful information?
- Most of your houseplants will do their best in the green zone, so this is where the majority of my tropical plants are doing their best. Knowing your plant’s moisture requirements is an important step.
- You will find very few prefer the blue zone, you will find this is extremely moist soil. The only ones that come to my mind for this soil moisture are your ferns, this is one that will do its best in the blue area.
- You can also use this handy inexpensive gadget for your outdoor plants, and you can have beautiful scenery indoors and outdoors by checking the soil regularly.
- After checking each plant wipe the probe off before checking the next one, so this is all that is to use this amazing watering garden tool.
Depending on what type of plants you are growing, you will find some needing watering more often than others. Most of us usually water all of them at the same time, and that is how we overwater and lose some of them. I check mine approximately twice per week, and this works perfectly for what I am growing.
Houseplant Watering Tips
There is more than one method to water your plants, so I am going to provide you some tips that you might consider? Over the years merchandise has been created especially for this, and here are your watering tips.
- Self-Watering Spikes you just insert them into your container soil, and they will change colors when you need to water.
- Decorative Watering Stakes is another handy product, they also change color when it is time to water.
- Self-Watering Planters are becoming very popular, so you have three types of watering products to choose from in this paragraph.
- Top watering is the most common method the majority of gardeners use
- Bottom watering is the method I use myself for most of my smaller containers, once the plant absorbs what it needs remove it from the water. The excess water will drain from the container, I have very good success using this method.
- Misting the leaves is another option to provide them instant moisture, I make it a point to mist my tropical plants once per week. Some you want to avoid misting, so you should research this before using this method.
Knowledge is your key to proper watering, and once you get into the right routine you will be rewarded with their beauty. Just like an infant, you have to take care of your babies for them to grow up healthy. For anyone who has Orchids or is interested in information on them, you can read my article Indoor Orchid Plant Care.
Homemade Water Spike Project
For those of you who love to do DIY projects, you can make your own water spike, and I have found these to work extremely well. If you are brave enough to give this a try, here is what you do?
- Clean a soda bottle out with bleach and water
- Small soda bottles work well for container plants
- Drill small holes or use a spike nail in the center of the cap, if using a drill 1/8 or 1/16th is your best drill bit size.
- Fill your bottle and leave sit for 24 hours for the chemicals to evaporate with your cap off
- Screw on your bottle cap
You are now ready to insert the bottle cap down into your container soil, I always do this when my topsoil is moist to avoid any chances of damaging my houseplants. Dry hard soil will be more difficult to insert the bottle, and this is just my way to prevent any possible problems.
Plastic Bag Watering System
I have another nifty DIY project you can do in a matter of minutes, you can think of this as an IV for your houseplants. You will love this idea I am sure, so be sure to share my article with your friends and family. Feel free to use the sharing buttons for your social media, and I do appreciate you doing this favor for me.
- Fill a Ziplock bag with water, I would use the Ziplock brand for the best results.
- Now you will seal the bag
- Thread a needle with a piece of string
- Hang your bag over your plant
- Insert the needle into the bottom of the bag
- Place the string in your soil, and as your soil dries the string will act as a wick distributing water to your plant
This is a very simple, effective method for those on a fixed budget, and also for the DIY person who just enjoys doing it themself. I have found a light and moisture chart to share with you, and this has a list of the most common indoor plants.
Light And Moisture Chart
Since light and moisture are so important to your success, I found you a chart that has provided you both of these. so if you are ready to learn about your plant’s light and moisture requirements, you will want to check out this chart?
- Indoor Plant List
- Maturity Size
- Best Light Level
- Feeding your Houseplant
- Watering Requirments
You will need your houseplants’ scientific name for this chart, but you can simply do a search on your favorite search engine to find this information? I would bookmark this article on your browser for easy access, you will find that referring back to this chart will be something you do very often.
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