Watering Plants may seems like simple task , but only gardeners know how tricky this can be sometimes . There are multiple factors which needs to be considered while watering your plants
Plants Can be categorised into three categories based on their needs of watering .
- Plants which needs soil to be moist . Not soggy soil. Mostly tropical forest plants belongs to this Category . Like Calathea
- Plants which needs soil to be partially dry( top 2 inches) between watering . Most of the plants belongs to this category .
- Plants which needs soil to be completely dry between watering . Plants which grows in dry areas belongs to this category , like succulents
Water holding capacity is different for different soil mixtures .
- CoCoPeat holds moisture for longer period of time .
- Sand Based mixture don’t hold water . It is very well draining mixture .
- Soil based mixture hold average amount of water
Depending on the soil mixture you are using for your plants your watering frequency will change .
The watering holding capacity of pot increases with pot size . If the pot is larger it will take more time to get dry . Depending on pot size frequency of watering should be decided .
In summers you may need to water more frequently as compared to winters . E.x. If you are watering your plant daily in summers you may need to reduce that frequency to may be weekly depending on the weather changes .
Amount of watering
You will need to adjust the amount of water you are giving to plant depending on factors like weather , pot size . If your plant is standing in water for long duration it may lead to root rot . In winters you should give less water to plant as compared to summers , because it takes time for soil to dry up .