Actively growing plants use more water than those that are dormant (houseplants
generally quit growing actively in the winter, even though they keep
Plants use more water in warm rooms than in cold ones.
of humidity in our homes in the winter can mean you have to water more often than
Plants exposed to a lot of sun use more water than those grown in
- Potting mix
Heavier potting mixes that contain real soil hold moisture longer
than artificial mixes
composed of perlite, vermiculite, sand and/or bark.
Clay pots dry out faster than plastic ones.
The easiest way
to determine if a plant needs to be watered is to stick a finger
down into the potting mix. If the top few inches of the potting mix
have dried out, go ahead and water. If they are still moist, wait
until they dry out before watering. It probably should be watered
more frequently when it is outdoors and getting much more sun. Feel
the soil to see how quickly the potting mix dries and water
prefer full sun in winter, and would be happiest in a south- or
west-facing window. In summer, filter the sun from those exposures
with a sheer curtain to avoid sunburned leaves. When putting it
outside for the summer, chose a place where it gets full morning
sun, but shade from the very hot afternoon sun. The lamp may not be
sufficient to replace natural sunlight. If you can move it to a
brighter location, that may help with the leaf drop, too.
Those annoying household pests
Controlling black spot on roses