How easy is it to overwater your houseplants? It’s very easy to want to give your plant babies too much love and attention, you want them to look their very best! But overwatering is the most common way to kill your houseplant. When is comes to watering houseplants, remember the golden rule - less is more. If you recognise any of the symptoms below please step away from the watering can.
How To Know If I'm Overwatering My Houseplants.
Overwatering is quite easy to diagnose, and many symptoms of overwatering are unique to it. When diagnosing a sad plant sign, it’s important to look at the plant as a whole, and not just the plant part that's negatively affected. We think of overwatering as just adding too much water to a plant's potting mix — but what’s really happening is that the surrounding soil is not drying out fast enough. It may very well be from too much water, but it may also be from not enough natural sunlight. If you water a plant with the appropriate amount of water, but it doesn’t get enough sunlight, then the potting mix will stay moist, and the plant will be effectively overwatered. A good strategy for combating that is watering in the morning hours. This allows the natural light to slowly dry the soil out throughout the day.
Wet Potting Mix
The first thing you should do is to feel the plant's potting mix, get your fingers in there! Feel the mix a few inches deep. If it feels moist or wet, it is most likely overwatered.
Fungus gnats are also a sign of overwatering. They feed on the fungi that show up in moist environments and rapidly grow in numbers when the soil stays too wet for too long. We will be putting up a post soon about the dreaded fungus gnat.
Yellowing Leaves and Rot
If the lower leaves of your overwatered plant are starting to turn yellow, this is also a sign. Watch carefully for a black stem or rot. If this is at the base of your plant, it may be too late to save.
How do I Prevent Overwatering?
Rule of thumb is to only give the plant water when the potting mix is dry. It also needs enough light and warmth to help dry it out. Never plant your houseplant into too large of a container as it will also take a lot longer to dry out. The main thing is not to water on a tight schedule as many plants watering need change every season. For instance you might find that your houseplant takes a lot longer to dry out in winter if in a cold room but plants in a warm room might dry out a lot quicker due to heating in the room. The best method is to feel the soil, this will help you understand it a lot better. Always remember less is more!