Bringing the outdoors in is one of those Feng Shui-approved home decoration techniques that everyone can benefit from. Placing greenery around your space is not only a natural decoration, but it’s also great for your overall atmosphere. Live plants improve the quality of your air, since they’re breathing in your carbon dioxide and producing fresh, clean air for you to enjoy. We could go on and on about the benefits of having houseplants, but we don’t want to keep you all day. You’ve got some plants to tend to!
All you have to do is put some of your favourite plants in containers, place them around your home, and make sure they don’t die! Sounds easy enough right? Even for those who have a self-prescribed black thumb, caring for houseplants isn’t impossible. In fact, we’re going to give you some of the best tips for watering houseplants to make sure you don’t turn into a serial plant killer. (It’s O.K., we’ve all been there.)
5 Tips for Watering Houseplants
The first step to ensuring your plants stay well-hydrated, but not too-hydrated, is to assess your living area and figure out which plants are right for the space. For example, some houseplants need direct sunlight, whereas others thrive in lightly shaded areas such as entryways. Make sure you check the labels on the plants you buy to see if you have the right spot in your home to place it. If you place a shade-loving plant near a sunny window, you can bet it will get too thirsty and the leaves will singe.
Tip 1: Set a Schedule
A common mistake people make is that they simply forget to water their plants, then try to make up for it as soon as they realize the situation. What this does is starves the plant, then drowns it. To make sure you don’t fall victim to this simple issue, make it easy on yourself: Set an alert on your phone to remind you to water your plants once or twice a week. If you choose to set it for the same days, it will turn into a routine, and maybe you won’t even need an alarm eventually!
Tip 2: Craft a Watering System
If you’re just ridiculously forgetful and can’t seem to stick to a plant watering schedule, maybe turn to third parties for help. You can easily recycle a plastic bottle to create your own drip irrigation system. This way, you’re not only being thrifty and practicing sustainability, but you’re also taking care of your greenery. It’s a win all around.
Tip 3: Use an Electronic Watering System
This tip is for the advanced DIYers that also enjoy a little bit of science. For a more technological (but still doable) approach to irrigation, you can make an electronic watering system that essentially turns your plant into a self-watering plant. Basically, the system uses sensors to detect when the soil is dry. All you are required to do once it’s set up is to remember to refill the system every now and then. Think you can handle that?
Tip 4: Keep an Eye on Overwatering
Another very common mistake people commit is overwatering their plants. They get too nervous about not caring enough for the plant that they end up overcaring and drowning it. Every now and then, use this checklist to see if you’ve been overwatering your plant.
Tip 5: Get No-Fuss Plants
Last but not least, if all of these other tips still don’t work for you, you can always resort to the hard-to-kill plants. Now, don’t mistake these plants for invincible, because we all know someone who still ended up killing a cactus. But the point here is that easy-to-care-for plants such as air plants and succulents need a lot less water to survive, thus it’s harder to kill them. As an added plus, succulents and air plants are extremely trendy in home decor right now, so you really can’t go wrong with these varieties.
What’s your tried-and-true method for keeping houseplants alive? While you nail down your watering technique, join Rozanne’s Inner Circle for more must-see tips on making plants a part of your lifestyle.