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Water water everywhere but when do my plants want a drink?

Sarah Cheetham

Posted on July 25 2020

Water water everywhere but when do my plants want a drink?


Plants and how often you water them can be somewhat of a mystery. It might not be surprising that overwatering is one of the main causes of houseplant death. Once you’ve cracked the code and get in the groove you’ll feel great and they will too. Just takes a bit of research, patience and a little poke.

Here’s a few tips that helped me to figure things out with each of my plants.


Do your research

Where does this plant grow in the wild? Is it rainforest plant or more at home in the desert? Dry heat or high humidity? Under the canopy where it's a little shaded or out in full bright direct sun?

All of the answers to these questions help you to paint a picture of the life and conditions your plant needs that is best for its growth.

Obviously I'm not saying to set up a desert or rainforest in your home (I mean I would love that, and please send photos) but use these as guidance for the kind of conditions your plants would thrive in. Try and replicate them as much as you can. This is why we put humid plants that originate from tropical rainforests in our bathrooms as when you get out of a hot shower that steamy mist and humidity they just can't get enough of.


Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty (give the soil a poke)

The soil moisture can tell you a lot about whether that plant needs water or not. Poke your finger into the soil to feel for moisture.

Once you’re figured out a good routine and your plant is settled then try and keep to an schedule. Maybe water every Monday for some of your plants and every other Monday for some others.

Do remember though that what a plant needs in their growing seasons (spring and summer) is different in winter. From autumn plants start slowing down (as we all do), they are going into their dormant phase and during this period they will need considerably less water. Less light and warmth slows down photosynthesis. Be sure to adjust your watering schedule to reflect this.


Feeling better? You've got this I have faith in you!

I know that’s a lot of information and there is much more I can give you but this should be a good starter. And trust me once you’ve found a spot in your house that your plants love then don't be tempted to mix it up. Although we love a good furniture move around try not to do it to your plants. Once settled and get used to their light and watering regimes it's best to leave them to it. They will reward you with strong healthy growth in the end trust me.

Any other questions or information please get in touch.


You can find the plant care for each plant in the houseplant section of my website. If you need any extra advice or have any questions at all then do let me know I'd be more than happy to help as much as I can. 

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