Updated: Jun 29, 2021
How to prevent overwatering
1. Know about containers and their role in overwatering.
The material of the plant pot is the first factor in how much moisture the plant will be exposed to for long periods of time. Sometimes, all you need to do is to tweak the container for your plants to stop being constantly waterlogged.
● We all know that terracotta pots dry out faster, and so they’re an overwaterer’s dream container.
● Ceramic and glass hold moisture for longer but are not ideal in colder growing conditions because they hold temperatures for long.
● Grow bags and sacks are airy and ideal for growing plants that love to be watered often.
● Plastic containers are a gardener’s favorite because they hit that sweet spot of holding moisture and warmth while being light enough to dry out and portable for moving plants.
2. You can invest in a moisture meter to track how your soil is drying out, but that option is not open to every gardener out there.
3. Watering your plants on a schedule has its merits in helping you not helicopter parent your plants, but see it more as a guide rather than a rule. Before you water them, check that they need watering by sticking your finger knuckle-deep into the pot.
4. You can also lift potted plants and judge how heavy they are. Pots are very light when they are dry and heavier when there is still moisture.
5. Invest in quality garden and potted plant soil mixes. Always augment your potting mix with a healthy proportion of compost.
6. Here’s a hack: group plants with similar watering needs together so you’re not tempted to water them all! Plan your watering schedules so you can avoid the plants that don’t need water on your watering circuit.
7. Keep up-to-date records on your plants’ origins, needs, and your own notes from observing them grow. Every gardener needs this as a reference point for sustainable success.