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May 20, 2021
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Consistency is Key
by Joey Bokor

You know that if you want to lose weight, you have to eat better and move your body every day.

You know that if you want to climb a mountain, you have to train, plan and prepare for months ahead of time.

For healthy houseplants, you have to be consistent with care, too.

OK, so maybe comparing caring for plants to losing weight and climbing mountains is a bit of a stretch, but the fact remains that consistency is key.

Whenever we talk about watering and houseplants, we talk about overwatering. It is important that you don't give plants, especially potted plants, too much water. It creates a wet, soggy condition that causes root rot and other fungal issues. But what plants really love is consistency. If you panic thinking that you overwatered your plant and then let it go a week or two without water in order to correct the overwatering, you are now sending your plant on a pendulum of too much . . .too little . . . too much . . . too little. Similarly, if you let your plant go bone dry and then oversaturate it, you do too much.

Plants are happiest when they get a regular amount of water at a regular interval. There is no way to give you an exact schedule for each plant since every home and even the locations within your home can be different. To figure out the right schedule for your plants, start by checking the soil every other day for the first two weeks. Simply stick your finger down into the soil. It's time to water when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. For these first two weeks, keep a log of how often each plant gets watered. By the end of this initial period, you should have a general idea of how often each of your plant babies needs a drink.

And once you have figured out the schedule for your plants, stay consistent. Water regularly, earlier in the day if possible and don't overdo it either way. If a plant is bone dry, slowly allow it to absorb new water. If a plant is too wet, let it dry, but don't let it go to the other extreme. Find the schedule that is right for your plants and you can be happy together. Now if only losing my quarantine weight was that easy . . .






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