July 17, 2021 2 min read
Probably the most difficult and most asked question we get is ‘whenexactlyshould I water my plant’? The truth is, the only one who can give you that information is the plant itself. Through this article we hope to give you some tips and tools you can use to identify when your plant might be ready for a drink, or needing to dry out a little
When people talk about ‘over’ or ‘under’ watering plants, what they’re actually talking about is thefrequencyof watering or how often they do it. It has nothing to do with the amount of water you give your plant at the moment. In fact, always make sure that you’re covering all of the surface soil and pouring until excess water starts to drain out of the bottom.
Which brings us to our next point-
While there are ways to cheat and use pots that don’t have drainage holes, we do not recommend planting directly into them. We always prefer our planters to have drainage built in, especially for new plant parents
*a note on soil & aeration*
Here at Ed’s we always use filtered water for our plants! Some people take another step and use exclusively distilled or rain water to further reduce risks, but we haven’t seen any issues with filtered thus far. The reason for this is that materials like salt, chlorine and hard metals contained in a lot of normal tap water will harm your plant over time. Some plants, like Calathea and Nepenthes are more sensitive to tap water than others, but we find it’s always best to err on the side of caution
Again, keeping and caring for plants is a learning experience. It’s important to observe your plants consistently in order to figure out their needs and it’s normal to lose a few leaves (or plants) here and there. We’re always here to help wherever we can, but we believe in your ability to grow!