Over-watering is the #1 killer for potted indoor plants!
It is not always easy to determine if your plant is ready to be watered.
Even though the top soil feels dry to the touch, the lower part of the roots might still be pretty moist.
Since it is not possible to check the soil on the lower level, we make our decisions based on the dryness of the topsoil and, as the result, we often over-water our plants.
How fast soil dries out depends on the airflow, temperature, humidity, and light in a space.
During the wintertime in colder climates where indoor heating is used, the temperature inside rises and soil tends to dry faster.
- During the summertime when AC is used and the temperature stays cooler, the soil tends to dry slower.
For our indoor plants, we use and strongly recommend Soil Moisture Meter.
With this meter, there is no more guessing if you should or should not water your plants.
Soil Moisture Meter is very easy to use and does not require batteries. It will help to make your plants happy and your life, taking care of them, easier.
How To Use Soil Moisture Meter
- Stick meter as deep as possible into the soil without hitting the bottom of a pot. We recommend testing the soil in a few places around a plant, close to its stems.
- Note moisture level on the meter screen and water your plant if the meter reading is in a suggested zone for your plant type. The list of common plants and suggested reading for each plant type are listed on the back of the packaging.
-Test the soil after you water a plant (10-20 minutes later) to make sure used amount of water reached lower roots. If meter reading did not change to a higher level of moisture, use a little more water and test the soil again until it is clear that water reached a lower level of a pot.
- It is very important NOT to keep the meter in the soil at all times. Use it only to test the soil, wipe it clean after each use and put it aside.
Detailed instructions and suggested reading for plants are provided with the purchase.