Watering FAQs

Watering plants can be confusing, but there are a few tips to follow.

Use purified/ filtered water. This can be bottled water, distilled water, spring water, or aquarium water. You can use tap water too but it has to be processed beforehand, scroll down to the “How to use tap water?” section.

The next tip is to use room temperature water, this gives a good drink to plants. Too hot of water can stress the plants roots and make them die back. Too cold of water makes the plants grow slower or not grow at all.

Water plants by either placing the pot/container in a bowl so it can “drink” through  the bottom drainage holes. Another method is to put water directly on the soil. Do not splash water on the leaves because this can increase risk of bacterial or fungal growth.

How to water different plants?

Different plants require different watering schedules. This is because in their natural habitat they receive either a lot of water or very little water. As a rule, most tropical plants need more water and humidity. Desert plants are the opposite and need less water and less humidity. 

Making a watering schedule is very helpful for maintaining a healthy plant. Try to set a schedule to water every 3 days, every week, every two weeks, or every month based on your plant. 

With this still comes inspection. Inspect your plant's soil because sometimes it may need more water, especially during the summer. Your plant may also need less water during the winter. If the soil is too dry or too wet when its time to water, adjust the watering schedule.

How to use tap water?

Tap water has added chemicals in general. These added chemicals create an imbalance with the plants nutrients and can make your plant unwell.

There are tricks in using tap water. Don’t use it right away, rather, fill a container with tap water, uncapped, and let the water sit for at least a day (24hrs). This process allows chlorine and fluoride to evaporate, making the water safer for the plants. You can also boil the water to separate the calcium and magnesium.

Other methods can also be done like using a filter, such as a carbon filter system or container, to purify the water. The best water for plants is bottled water, distilled water, and even fish tank water!