Stop Making These Common Indoor Gardening Mistakes, For Your Plants’ Sake

Overwatering your plants or underwatering them is one of the surest ways to get your new garden into trouble. These common practices can lead to brown and yellow leaves, rotting roots, insect infestations, and more. The first step to watering properly is identifying your exact plant species. But there are other factors to consider, such as the container size, the lighting, and the humidity, according to HappySprout.

On top of that, there are different types of watering. Two typical methods are the soak-and-dry method and misting. Soak and dry is when you drench the soil thoroughly and allow enough time to pass until the top inch or so of the soil is dry to the touch. Then you repeat the process. Plants that thrive in high humidity appreciate misting, which can be daily or less frequently from a spray bottle or plant mister.

A watering schedule and labeling your plants can take the guesswork out of watering. You should start by identifying your plants and their watering needs. Separate them into categories such as once per week, once every other week, misting daily, and soak-and-dry. You could then use markers that stick in the soil, or labels on each pot or shelf, to help you easily recognize which plants need what. Watering on the same day each week is a helpful way to remember watering, or you can even create a calendar to stay extra organized. The most important point is to recognize your individual plants and water them routinely according to their needs.

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