Around the Yard
Tips on How to Water Houseplants
By: Tricia Craven Worley
Houseplants in containers depend on us for food and water, so it’s important to recognize the warning signs indicating that they have received either too much or too little water. Watch this video to find out more.
Danny Lipford: OK, so this is my plant, this is your plant, this just doesn’t seem fair.
Tricia Craven Worley: Well in all fairness to you, Danny, we actually droughted this.
Danny Lipford: It looks like it.
Tricia Craven Worley: Well this tip actually that I want to tell you about has to do with watering.
Danny Lipford: OK. Well, give us some tips on that because you know when I have plant like this I just fill it up with water when I think about it and then it usually soaks back down and I assume it’s getting enough water.
Tricia Craven Worley: Well that’s a good idea, especially in containers like that are small. These plants totally depend on us to do it. But there are some ways to tell if a plant needs some water. One way is if it’s droopy, hopefully not this droopy but droopy like this during the day and in he evening comes back to life it needs water.
Danny Lipford: OK.
Tricia Craven Worley: Another way to tell is if the leaves start to get a little grey or soft to the touch or shriveled like this, it needs water.
Danny Lipford: Now can you water them too much?
Tricia Craven Worley: Oh, yes you can. If a plant looks like this, and you have felt the soil, and it’s wet or maybe really wet it definitely has had too much so you might have actually taken it over the brink, but just give it a little bit of time to dry out the soil a little bit. And it will work.
Danny Lipford: OK. Well, since you know what you’re talking about I’ll take this one home and see what you can do with that one.
Tricia Craven Worley: Oh sure, Danny. OK.