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Watering Plants – All Myth Busted

Watering Plants – All Myth Busted
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Watering Plants – All Myth Busted

Being new houseplant owners is confusing, we agree. With so much information available online you may get confused as to what is the right way to care and nurture your plant. It is challenging to separate fact from fiction when it comes to topics that you are not well aware about. Plants do need a minimum amount of care to fulfill their requirements to grow and stay healthy. However, the amount of attention needed by plant varies from one plant to another. It is not always the same for each plant, and you can only figure out the needs of your plant as you begin working with it.

Some of the common requirements of plants, as we all know, are light, water, fertilizers and nutrients that promote growth and healthy well-being of the plant. Proving you plant with all its needs in the appropriate amount is a crucial task; you must make sure to not do too less or too much.

Amongst all the plant care tips and suggestions, watering is most widely spoken about as it is very significant part of the plant’s daily routine and also very tricky to determine the appropriate amount of water required. However, it is not as hard as it seems. It is recommended to do you research from trusted sources and not give in to myths and false information that are as easily available as the right information.

To help you understand about watering plants better, we have combined together and debunked various myths related watering plants. This will help you pick out the right from the wrong out of the various things. You might’ve heard or learnt during your research on the topic.

Here are five plant watering myths debunked:

  • Wilting is a sign of under watering

It is true that wilting can be caused by not watering the plant enough, but it is not the sole reason for it. Wilting can also happen if you have overwatered the plant. In this case, usually when people see a wilted plant. They tend to keep watering it which will only make the condition worse. The excess water doesn’t get absorbed by the soil and roots and tends to stand still in the spaces between the soils particles and suffocate the roots. The best way to help reverse this it to leave the plant alone for a few days. But if by any chance you think you watered your plant way too much try to dry the water off or replace a part of the soil with comparatively dry soil. But be careful to not stress the plant.

  • Plants need 1 inch of water per week

Although this is a recommendation by most of the plant care experts. It is necessary to understand that every plant has different water requirement.  It is important to determine the water need of your plant and provide the necessary amount required.

  • Avoid watering on sunny days

Watering on sunny days is always a big no as they say the water droplets can act as lenses to focus the rays of the sun and burn the leaves. However, this is not entirely true because the water droplets tend to evaporate quickly on hot. Sunny days before the lens effect can come into picture. Due to this myth that is followed by almost everyone. Plants don’t get enough water on the day they require it the most.

  • Sprinklers are the best way to water plants

Sprinklers are very inefficient when it comes to methods of watering plants. However the old school advice recommends to use sprinklers as it is the most efficient way of watering.  Well, this is another falsity. Sprinklers have proven to be inefficient as they water in a disproportionate manner and also wet thee surrounding areas of the lawn causing an incredibly awkward. Wet mess that you can only hope will dry soon enough before your kids or guests walking in slip and have an accident.

  • Drought tolerant plants do not require water

Even the toughest of plants need water to grow and establish themselves. It is a common requirement for all plants no matter what. However with drought tolerant plants and succulents. You can give long periods to time before you water them again. As they can easily survive with the water that they store in various parts.