How To: Watering

Now that your Bijan Tropicals indoor plant has been delivered, it’s time to learn how to care for it properly. In our “how-to” blog series, we’ll explore many different aspects of indoor plant care in order to set you up for success!

Pick Your Pot

The container your plant arrives in is meant to be temporary, so you’ll need to replant it in a size-appropriate pot as soon as possible. Plants kept in grower’s pots long-term are almost always root-bound, which inhibits their growth, makes it hard to water them properly, and makes them more susceptible to disease. The permanent pot you choose should have drainage holes to help the soil dry after watering and should be on a saucer to allow you to water thoroughly without damaging your floor or table.

Different Water Needs

Different varieties of plants have very different watering needs. For example, succulents like to be kept on the dry side and are highly susceptible to root rot if over-watered. Tropical plants like ferns need to be kept consistently moist, while other plants like to dry out somewhat between waterings.

Not the Leaves

This may sound obvious, but be sure to water your plant’s soil and not its leaves. Avoid splashing the leaves when you water the plant. Aim the spout of your watering can below the leaves and only toward the soil.

Be Thorough and Even

If you only water one side of your plant, the roots and leaves will grow towards the available water. To keep your plant full and lush, water evenly all the way around the pot. Water thoroughly until water drips out the bottom of the pot into the saucer.

Remove Excess Water

When a plant’s roots sit in saturated soil for too long, they will eventually rot. After watering thoroughly, wait a few minutes to allow the water to drain into the saucer, then discard any excess water to avoid soggy soil.

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