Watering Your houseplants

When I first began caring for houseplants, I found myself consuming a lot of care advice that I later learned didn't apply to Arizona's climate. If you live somewhere besides the desert, the frequency in which you water will vary greatly from me. The most important thing to consider is your location and biome. I was taking advice from people living in much more moist environments, and was severely underwatering my plants. 
If you find that many of your plants are suffering from being overwatered, you may not be giving your plants enough light. If you increase the amount of light, your plants will dry out much faster. If you are watering a plant that is essentially in a dark corner, you are likely to inadvertently give it more water than it needs. 

On our labels, in the bottom right corner, you will find a raindrop with a number inside of it. The number indicates where we believe the plant should be kept above on a soil moisture meter. For example, if a Calathea has a "7" in the teardrop, you would want to water it if the soil moisture probe reads a 7 or below. If it reads 8, you would wait to water and check again another time. This is helpful for people who struggle to figure out if the soil is moist or not. When I first started I used my moisture meter daily, but now I haven't used one in months. You will eventually learn if the soil is dry by just looking and feeling the soil.
Moisture meters can be purchased on Amazon for next to nothing!

Watering FAQs

  • How much water should I use when watering my plant?
You should water most plants thoroughly. You want to see water coming out of the pot's drainage holes. By thoroughly saturating the soil, you encourage the roots to grow downwards and evenly.
  • Can I just water my plants with tap water?
That's all we use for 99% of our plants and we have no issues. This can be a controversial topic, and this is just what works for us. We only use RO water for our carnivorous plants.
  • Bottom Watering? What is it?
You may have heard of bottom watering your plants. Some even call it "butt-chugging"! This is when you set the plant in a dish of water and allow the water to absorb from the bottom-up.
This is especially handy if you've allowed the soil of a plant to dry out too much, and it becomes hydrophobic and water seems to run right through it. Bottom watering makes sure that the soil is saturated.

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