The amount of water your plant needs will depend on its variety and size. In general we always recommend assessing your plant's soil before watering.
When you water your plants we recommend giving them a thorough watering and then letting them drain for a few hours before putting back into a decorative pot.
Our top advice for working out how often to water your plants is to follow the finger-dip test. Simple put your index finger into the soil up until your second knuckle. Remove your finger, and if your finger is dry and no soil is sticking to it, then you should water your plant. If soil sticks to your finger this shows that the soil is already moist enough.
Overall the best approach is to wait for the top of the soil to dry out in between waterings, although some plants prefer to have the soil always moist (but not wet) and some desert plants prefer dry soil. We have specific instructions for each plant on its product page.
There are three main methods to water your plants:
1) From above using a watering can - aim to water evenly around the soil and water until the water drains through the soil (and water comes out of the bottom)
2) From below, this is a particularly good method when you want to avoid the risk of damaging plant leaves by soaking them (relevant for succulents and cacti)
3) Dip and drain, dip your plant in it's plastic nursery pot into water and then leave it to drain
Generally most plants will be okay if left for a week or 10 days especially if they are looked after properly before you leave. Make sure you give them a thorough watering and keep them away from places with fluctuating temperatures and away from direct sunlight.
If you are going away for longer we recommend asking a friend or neighbour to help with some plant sitting. You can also make your own slow release watering device by making a whole in a bottle lid with a pin and leave this upside down in the plant pot.
Water - the most common plant care issue is people overwatering their plants. Make sure that you check the soil moisture before watering, and always avoid wet soil.
Light - if you plant looks burnt and is yellowing or has brown crispy leaves then it might be getting to much light and be getting burnt. If your plant isn't getting enough light it may look limp and weak, move it closer to the window or into a brighter room.
Temperature - if your plant gets too cold it may go dormant or could even loose leaves. If it is too hot this may reduce humidity and your plant may look dry and parched.
Humidity - if the humidity is too low your plant may have brown and crispy leaf edges. Most plants will not have enough humidity in the average home so we recommend misting regularly.
Common pests include spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, scale insects.
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