I'm watering a lot my potted plants? Before they needed more water, but now with the cold and the stagnation of their development, their needs are lower, some even maintain the humidity of the substrate for weeks, should I water them? What if I happen? What are symptoms of overwatering? And its lack?
Irrigation is one of the keys to the success of our flowerpot and from our garden in pots. In previous posts I told you about the recommendations for irrigation and different methods for potted vegetables, today we will see the symptom that shows the plant when watering is not adequate.
Lack of water
- The leaves are dull, dull in color.
- The tips or edges are dried.
- They curl up.
- They yellow.
- They fall off or go limp.
- They abort the flowers.
Excess of water:
- First, the leaves turn yellow.
- Subsequently, they fall off.
- Stem rot may be observed.
Excess water is one of the main causes of death of our potted plants, specifically, the rotting of their roots.
Although there are no universal recipes for irrigation, there are some recommendations that can be indicative for it. You have them in this link.
Substrate moisture is significant. If the soil is damp (not wet) it is better not to water.
Also keep in mind that plastic pots hold moisture for longer than clay ones.
Recover the plant
If a plant starts to show symptoms of overwatering, first check that the drainage hole of the pot is not clogged. If it is, unclog it and don't water for a few days. If you cannot unclog it easily, remove the root ball from the pot, and improve its drainage by placing gravel, ceramic pieces, stones… at the bottom of the pot. Then return the root ball to its place. Don't water for a few days.
If it is not clogged and has already lost part of its leaves, you can try to recover the plant Carefully removing the root ball from the pot, you wrap it in several layers of absorbent kitchen paper, and leave it that way for 24 hours. If the leaves get soggy, add new ones. Then return the plant to the pot and do not water it for several days.
If it shows deficiency symptoms, water it immediately. If the substrate is dry or has shrunk, submerge the pot halfway up in a larger container of water and leave it to hydrate for 30 minutes.
If you want to create a system of home automatic watering To avoid the problems of excess water or scarcity, click on the link that we just left you because it will be very useful.