3 mistakes you should not make when watering plants
Watering is a common task for all of us who have plants at home. But to do it often does not always mean that it is done in the right way. Many times mistakes are made due to ignorance. For this reason today I will emphasize this vital need. Here are some of the most common mistakes when watering plants. Surely we have all committed at least one.
- Treat all plants equally
One of the most common mistakes in beginners is to treat all species in the same way. Plants have different needs for light, temperature, humidity, and water, among many other factors.
An illustrative example could be to imagine to place in the terrace a plant like a hydrangea, to the sun of the month of July. If it survives by a miracle it will be watering and spraying its leaves daily. However, any cactus in the same circumstances would hold perfectly by watering it only once a week.
There are some species with ease to develop problems in the neck or base of the stem and others in the leaves. To avoid this it is advisable to always water carefully, wetting the soil but not the plant. Some species are especially sensitive and must be watered by placing a dish with water under the pot. Remember to remove it, after a while the plant will have absorbed what is necessary. Some plants irrigated in this way are clivias, cyclamen, espatifilos or African violets.
The acidophilous plants, on the other hand, have another type of manias. To these plants with demand in acid soil do not like the water of the tap with too much lime since it raises the pH of the substrate. To solve it you can use rainwater or distilled water for irrigation. Another option is to counteract the alkaline effect with a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice.
2. Forget about watering plants
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It seems obvious to say that you have to water them with some frequency, but sometimes we forget that we have plants at home. They can not ask for water, and when we notice the leaves are already lacy, wrinkled, yellow or in the worst case there are no leaves.
If you water manually, it is best to mark yourself a routine so as not to neglect yourself. Weekends or first-day holidays are good times to tend to your plants since you will be less busy. If you are very clueless, do the same for me and put a notice on the mobile calendar. But whatever you do, it does not matter that your plants go thirsty by a system or they end up sick.
In case of prolonged absence, you are likely to find your plants in a sorry state, if you have not taken action before. So that this does not happen, I recommend that you read the post “How to water the plants in summer if you go on vacation.” If the situation is not too serious, you can have a solution.
To recover a plant that has lost all its leaves due to lack of water, irrigate it abundantly. To do this, dip the pot in a container with water until the bubbles stop coming out and when you remove it, “cross your fingers”. We hope that your plant has reservations and you have noticed in time; being so, it will be able to sprout again. Of course, do not do it “the same task”.
3. Watering always with the same frequency
From what was stated in the previous point, you might ask yourself: does this mean that we should always water with the same frequency? The answer is a resounding no. This variable is conditioned, in addition to the cultivated species, by many other circumstances. Now I make a list so you know when you have to water more regularly.