Plants take up water from the soil. When water evaporates through the stomata, various water concentrations occur in the cells. This ensures the water going from the soil through stems, leaves from one cell to another, until all of the cells contain enough water. This phenomenon is called osmosis. The environment makes sure this happens. Light, temperature, humidity and wind stimulate the evaporation of water through the leaves. The substrate or the soil determines the amount of water that is made available for the plant. The water requirement depends on the plant itself. The type, size, age and general health of the plant all influence the plant’s water requirement. There is no standard answer to the question: How much water does my plant need?
Tips for watering plants:
- If you want to know whether it is time to water your plants, you should stick a finger in the potting soil. The top layer will dry out the fastest because of the contact with the air. You’ll get a better indication of your soil’s moisture balance a few centimeters below the surface. When this feels dry it is time to water your plants.
- A hygrometer will clearly show when it is time to water your plants. A hygrometer meter can be bought for next to nothing at any garden center.
- The holes at the bottom of the pot will allow excess water to drain easily.
- A layer of Euro Pebbles at the bottom of the pot will ensure better drainage and will protect the plant from drowning.