How Much Should I Water?



The most common question asked by beginner gardeners is, "how much do I water?" This can be determined by a few ways: the type of plant, age of the plant, and how much sun the plant is getting. I almost never follow the suggested care from the greenhouse because plants go through a transition phase when we move them from a greenhouse to our home. So if you're having trouble with your plants, consider these tips:


Type

It's always important to do research on your plant if you've never cared for it before. When I get a new one, I'll Google care tips and refer to other gardeners because everyone does it differently. Don't just follow the suggested care on the identification tag because every plant is different. For example, most succulents like water once or twice a week but Echeverias thrive on neglect and don't require as much water. So, it's always useful to see what other people are doing.


Age

Depending on the plant, this can be a little difficult to determine. However, if you are an avid propagation expert, the younger your cutting, the more water it needs. For example, when I propagate succulents I spray water on them every morning until they're about half an inch big. But if you have adult succulents, you only need to water them about once or twice a week (depending on the type).


Sunlight

General rule of thumb: the more sun your plant gets, the more water it'll need. When I first got my String of Pearls (his name is Carlos), I really struggled to care for him. When I bought him, the cashier told me to only water him once every two weeks...what a lie! Doing so killed off half the plant. But then I realized that where I bought him didn't have that much sunlight so that's why he didn't need very much water. But now he's sitting in direct sunlight, soaking up the heat and bright light. I changed his watering schedule to 6-10 sprays a day, 2 complete soaks a week, and constant rotation so one side isn't receiving too much sun. Now he is thriving and growing new little stems :)


Tips

• If you notice your plant's leaves start to turn yellow or translucent, cut back on the watering.• Instead of only pouring/spraying water on the top of the soil, pour water in the clay plate and place the pot on top. This will help the roots at the bottom of the pot get more water. Always research your plant before following the suggested care tips on the identification tags!• Rotate your plant every two days so it gets equal portions of light.
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