Written by davethetreecenters • July 19 How to Water Your Plants – Part 2, Watering Planters, Pots, Boxes and Indoor Plants

Last week we starting this topic off with some basic principles of water and plants, and some tips on watering in your garden. If you stumbled on this blog without seeing that one, check it out first. There we have some valuable background on plants and water, and how to water your outdoor garden more effectively. In this blog we are going to focus on watering plants in containers – outdoor planters and boxes, and also indoor plants.

Getting Started With Outdoor Planters

Growing plants in containers outdoors is always a great way to build a garden in a difficult place, from a balcony to a paved garden. It is also perfect for many urban gardens, as well as for terraces and patios. A garden with planters looks so much richer and full of color and life. But a lot of people have trouble with planters, so before talking about watering them, let’s look at some general points.

How to Water Planters

Just like in the garden, the first ‘rule’ is to avoid constantly watering. ‘Just in case’ is a bad watering method! Many people over-water, or they water ‘just a little bit’. Both of these are bad habits it can be hard to break. Instead aim to water when your plants need it.

Watering Your Houseplants

Getting houseplants right is tricky, because there are many variables. Room temperature, light levels, season, and the specific needs of the plant all need to be considered. After a while you will get to know the rhythm of watering your particular plant, although they will change dramatically as they grow.

Don’t Forget the Fertilizer

Finally, a ‘secret’ related to watering. Every good grower of planters and indoor plants uses fertilizer. It can be chemical or organic, as you wish, but plants in pots need regular feeding during their growing seasons. Half-strength every second watering is good, or quarter-strength every time you water, with the occasional watering with clean water to keep the salt levels in the soil from rising too high.