Why plants need water
Water is an essential component of the photosynthesis process (how plants make food). Water combined with CO2 and energy from light is converted into glucose. But it is critical to get the amount right. With too little water, your plant won’t be able to make enough energy, and with too much, it could drown.
How to get it right
If you follow this guide you will become a pro at watering your plants in no time! In addition all of our product pages tell you how much water your specific plant likes.
The Finger Dip Test:
The best way to check if your plant needs water is to use the finger dip test as above. Push your finger into the soil up to your second knuckle. If the soil is moist it will stick to your finger and your plant is okay on the water front. If the soil is dry your finger will come out clean and it is time to water!
There are different methods to water your plant:
What type of water to give your plants
If possible it is best to give your plants rainwater, filtered water or distilled / demineralised water.
Water from our taps contains chemicals such as pesticides, chlorine and fluoride - which can be harmful to plants.
Additionally, hard water can damage roots and can also cause a white crust that you can see on leaves, soil and pots.
- Don’t religiously stick to a schedule - the majority of indoor plants prefer the top few inches of soil to be dry in between watering. So, if you don’t mind getting a little bit of dirt on your finger, just put your finger into the soil and check how moist it is. If it is dry, then it is probably time to water, and if it is still damp, you can check again in the next few days. Over time, as you get to know your plant, the schedule may become a little more predictable, but it will depend on the season and many other factors, so we always advise you to check first.
- Less is more - always err on the cautious side if you are not quite sure how much to water your plant. Overwatering your plant can be much riskier, as it can lead to things like root rot, effectively plants can drown from too much water.
- Moist not wet - after you have watered the soil, once the water has dissipated, the soil should feel damp, and not soggy. If the soil is soaking wet, there is a risk that you have overwatered.
- Make sure that you drain your plant after watering. All our plants are sold in plastic nursery pots with drainage holes so that any excess water can drain away. We recommend leaving your plant out of any decorative pot for about an hour after watering. This will ensure that any excess water has drained and will reduce the risk of overwatering or drowning your plant.
- Less in winter - plants need less water in winter as they grow less and conserve energy. As a general rule, reduce watering in the winter, and be very alert about overwatering.
- Fussy plants... some plants can be a bit fussy with the water they are given. In general, try to make sure you give plants lukewarm and not cold water. Also, if possible, try and give them filtered water or rainwater (particularly in places with hard water)