I know your enamored by their beauty and scent and texture and feel. They give you oxygen and distresses you at the close of a horrific day.

But you don’t know when to water it do you? It does need water, you know just like you. All of a sudden its green is crispy brown. You can figure this out, you can lead people,build things and fix human bodies, you can learn to care for a plant.

Its not as simple as once a week or day to give it water, and how much water? That’s a question to ponder.

Notice it. Look at its soul, lift it from the pot and look at the roots and dirt.(place hand between soil and leaves, turn upside down, gently tap pot edge on counter,root ball should fall into your hand.) The color, look at the color, of the soil, the foliage. Are the leaves a sharp green or dull? Is the dirt a desert or a swamp. Light colored or dark.

Can you hold the pot in one hand?

101 roots need oxygen, so, the water you give needs to eat the soil and the excess water run away into a saucer.

101 foliage breathes out oxygen, gentle wipe surface to remove dust.

The plant will let you know when it requires water. Leaves turn a dull green or actually wilt,or drupe. One watering will last. Keep observing the plant closely how it changes.

Don’t delude your self with the green thumb myth.

After you do water it, tap root ball out of pot, once the water has all drained out. Notice this color. Tap it again in two days, notice that color. The color should change before you water it again. You will be also noticing the weight changing.

Look closely at your plant. Questions?


Perennial plant propogator for Creekhill nursery. Over 40 years of experience with lots of plants from foliage, cut flowers, seasonal potted plants, annuals and perennials. A plant geek and nerd, i am

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