Water Your Houseplants Properly

I get a lot of calls from readers asking how to water their plants properly. Some folks are just starting out in the plant world and wonder how their houseplants are doing. What is the best way to nurture these plants?

Here are a few tips that I have learned along the way.


One of the easiest way to water your plants is to water when it is dry and when it is wet. The garden hose usually can be used to water plants and to water in containers. Do not use a watering can because they leave a stain on the leaves.

Use direct water to the roots instead of water that runs off the surface. The water will evaporate quicker than water that runs off the surface. When watering, also apply a high dose of water to plants that are very old.

Water plants in the morning and evening when the outdoors are not actively being watered.

Water a group of plants together to encourage deeper waterings.

When watering, do not use a bucket or other receptacle. Use a small bowl or pot to water the entire plant.

Dry your plants off thoroughly after watering. This will stimulate the growth of the seedling roots and will help it survive.


One of the most abundant ways to fertilize plants is by simply adding a liquid fertilizer. When you apply this into a plant, it can be absorbed by the root system. So it is easier to water deeply with a fertilizer-filled container. Just move the plant just to the side of the container so that you can spread out the soil.

Supply nutrients in equal amounts. Do not use potting soil that is used in outdoor landscaping or in terraces or roundabout locations.

Does a grain of coarse sand make any difference in watering plant roots when growing in any type of soil? Yes. Sand is just like potting soil. To soften the ground in the kitchen for a salad, apply some sand and let it dry. It is easy to work the sand into the soil and this will help the roots to settle in faster.

Basic Plants

Most indoor plants are starting out in potting soil and do not require the heavy watering of some garden plants. Here are a few basic indoor plants.

Indoor plants include:

•Indoor begonias

•Indoor dahlias

•Indoor caladiums

•Indoor cactus

•Indoor butterfly bush

•Indoor shasta daisies

•Indoor toucans

•Indoor willow

•Indoor laurel

•Indoor tulips

•Indoor horsetails

•Indoor daisies

•Indoor poppies

•Indoor ferns

•Indoor bells of Ireland

•Indoor geraniums

•Indoor iguanas

•Indoor cabbages

•Indoor daisies

•Indoor Chinese sage

•Indoor African violets

•Indoor cassia

•Indoor angel flower

•Indoor orchids

•Indoor begonias

•Indoor bamboo shoots

•Indoor amaryllis

•Indoor species geraniums

•Indoor zinnias

•Indoor vines

•Indoor gingers

•Indoor ice plant

•Indoor hibiscus

•Indoor tulips

•Indoor hibiscus

•Indoor ferns

•Indoor chrysanthemums

•Indoor pelargoniums

•Indoor ferns

•Indoor azaleas

•Indoor sunflowers

•Indoor flowering quince

•Indoor agave

•Indoor sweet potato vines

•Indoor catalog begonias

•Indoor daisies

•Indoor sweet peas

•Indoor statice

•Indoor candytuft

•Indoor acacias

•Indoor pickled eggplant

•Indoor sunflowers

•Indoor salvia

•Indoor yucca

•Indoor columbine

•Indoor agaves

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