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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
Do your plants get enough water and light? These questions are typically asked, and the answer is often “It depends.” But this answer is more meaningful than you might think, which will be explained in today’s episode of our new series, “Grow Better,” featuring Leslie Halleck. As a certified horticulturist with extensive experience in plant care, Leslie is here to share her insights on the subject of overwatering and underwatering, offer valuable insights into the optimal light requirements for plants, and explore the common challenges plants encounter.
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
Nailing the watering game with indoor plants can be tough. Overwatering can make your plants super unhappy, causing root suffocation and fungal diseases. Underwatering, on the other hand, can cause wilting and yellow leaves. So here are some tips to see if your plant is getting too much or too little water.
Signs of Overwatering
Note: You can avoid overwatering by using a moisture meter.
Signs of Underwatering
Note: If your plant looks dry and brittle, check the roots to see if you need to repot it or adjust your watering schedule.
Without light, we’d be stuck in the dark, as would our plants! Every plant has unique light preferences, so understanding light intensity, duration, distance from the source, and the light spectrum is key. Here’s what you need to know about low light and high light.
Importance of Light for Plant Growth
Checking Light Levels
Nutrient deficiencies, pest infestations, and diseases can affect indoor plants in addition to watering and light. Here are some tips for addressing these problems:
Nutrient deficiencies can show up in different ways. The usual suspects are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. If you spot things like yellow leaves, slow growth, and leaf curling, your plant might be missing some nutrients. Your plant can get back on track with some fertilizer or soil changes.
Variegated Plants and Color Changes
Plants with variegated leaves have leaves that change color or pattern depending on the light and other factors. If they aren’t getting enough light, they might lose their cool color patterns and turn green. Monitor soil moisture levels and adjust watering accordingly since they are more sensitive to overwatering.
Other Potential Plant Problems: pest infestations and diseases, leaf holes and tissue loss
Keeping your plants happy involves getting your watering routine down, making sure they’re getting enough light, and keeping a close eye on them. Here are some tips:
Proper Watering Routine
Regular Plant Check-ups and Care
Gardening is supposed to be a source of your joy, not stress. If a plant is severely diseased, infested with pests, or damaged beyond recovery, sometimes the best course of action is to compost it or “let it go.” This may be hard to accept for many plant parents due to “green guilt,” but remember, the goal is healthy, thriving plants, not a collection of struggling ones.
At the end of the day, plant care requires continual learning and adapting. If you understand how your plants need water and light, and if you address any problems immediately, you can create a thriving garden. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and remember – every plant has its own unique set of needs!
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