During winter, when plants are resting, marked by slowing or stopping growth, water is rarely administered and only when the soil is dry. Plants that don’t show new growths and are less watered. In cold or low-temperature conditions, some plants are satisfied only with the loosening of the surface layer of the soil.
Plants placed in sunny places or in rooms with high brightness and high temperatures are more abundant than those in the shade or in unheated rooms. Plastic pots retain more moisture, while clay pots allow better airing of the soil and, respectively, the roots.
The soil (substrate) used for indoor plants is often a mixture of several components (peat, leaf land, and sand) or peat with some minerals. Fibrous peat has a very good water retention capacity, which is why watering should be made less frequently. As a result, the watering frequency difference should be carefully done.
When you should water plants?
The surface soil must be dried to a depth of 1-2 cm. In a larger diameter pot, the soil can be very dry, but damp in depth. In the case of peat, the soil is checked with the finger. If he sticks on the finger, the watering is postponed.
It’s advisable for watering to be made less often and superficial (if the soil is wet on the surface but dry in depth).
Another question that can be asked is: “How should it be watered – from the top by pouring water into the pot or bottom, pouring water into the plate on which the pot is placed?”
The decision is taken according to the plant type.
Most species are watered from the top, where the water penetrates quickly, and the nutrients are better distributed in the substrate.
The bottom watering (infiltration) is much slower and transports the mineral salts to the surface, where they remain in the form of white sediments. In such cases, it’s indicated from time to time (at 1-2 months), to apply the top water to wash the salts, and to remove and replace the surface soil.
Regarding water quality, rainwater is the best, and during you can melt snow and water your indoor plants with it.
Also, don’t forget that the water temperature is very important. This will coincide with the room temperature of plants. Therefore, you should deposit bottles for plants water somewhere in the room.
Here are just a few of the things you need to keep in mind when you care for the plants or wet them, so that the flowers will grow vigorously and healthily throughout the year and especially in the winter, the most difficult season for them.
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