If you are responsible for watering plants in and around your property you will probably want to know how often to water plants. Perhaps you have just moved out for the first time, you might be a first home buyer or a building manager for a block of apartments. In any case, the volume of water required by your house plants or garden plants will vary depending on the species and how much sunlight it gets. We have prepared the following guide to help you look after your little green friends.
One New York based plant scientist recommends thinking of soil like a dry sponge. Water will initially be repelled by it, and if it’s applied too forcefully, will simply sink through rather than around the plant. In other words, if, when watering plants, water comes out the bottom of the pots immediately, you now know that you have not done the job correctly and should try again more slowly soon. Plants need to soak in water to properly absorb it!
How Often To Water Indoor Plants
One way to quickly check when your plants need watering is to use a finger to test the soil. If it feels drier than it would with water present it’s time to get out the watering can and water the plant again. Otherwise, you may refer to the following guide to understand how often to water some of the most common plants:
- African Violet should be watered every 5-10 days
- Aloe should be watered every 10-15 days.
- Calathea should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Citrus Trees should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Ficus should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Fiddle Leaf Figs should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Orchids should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Parlor Palms should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Peace Lillies should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Peperomia should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Philodendron should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Rubber plants should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Snake Plants should be watered every 10-15 days.
- Spider Plants should be watered every 5-10 days.
- Succulents should be watered every 10-15 days.
How Often To Water Trees
In your garden it’s a different situation. Outdoor plants get water naturally from the clouds when it rains. This means that your garden will only really need watering during hot months when there is a long time in between rainfall. Newly planted trees in this case will require watering as many as three times per week to ensure their root systems don’t dry out. Established trees will have root systems that extent beyond the diameter of the uppermost branches. In either case, trees should be watered for as long as it takes water to penetrate six to eight inches into the soil. This time can be measured by poking a screwdriver into the soil and evaluating the difficulty of doing so; the harder it is to do the drier the soil. When it’s easy to stick a screwdriver in to the soil you know you have watered enough.
For tree care tips and tricks, call Chris at Banksia Arborcare on 0412 181 075. He will be happy to answer any question you have and provide a quote for any tree or gardening work that needs to be complete. Chris services domestic jobs and commercial jobs and is available to speak to Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm.