How to know when a plant needs watering

A common challenge most plant care beginners face is finding balance between over-watering and under-watering. It can be tricky to get it right at first, but once you’ve figured out the basics, the rest will follow.

A basic and easy way to tell if your plant needs watering is by sticking your finger 5 cm into the soil and feeling whether it’s dry or wet. If you feel dry soil, the plant needs water. If you detect moisture at that level, skip the watering. Keep in mind, however (and this is important), that every plant has its own specific watering requirements. Use this tip only on days when not entirely sure if your plant is ready for watering.

Another thing to keep in mind is that after fertilization, watering should be done carefully. The plant can become overwhelmed if it gets too much moisture. Sometimes less is more and your plant will probably agree to avoid rot!