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Watering Houseplants

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Find the best way to give your indoor plants the right amount of water they need. This guide is about watering houseplants.


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January 20, 2010

Take advantage of snow to water houseplants! We have had an overabundance of snow this year. It dawned on me one evening that just outside my front door lay a wealth of totally free nutrients for my plants!

I went just outside the door with my coffee pot and a jumbo drink cup and scooped them both full of powdery snow! Then, I sat the coffee pot onto the burner plate of the coffee maker so it could melt and also warm a little bit before watering my plants with it, so they wouldn't chill or shock!

While there is still plenty of snow on the ground, I should do this enough times to fill a couple clean empty milk jugs for more free nutrient rich water later!

By melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO

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December 4, 2017

I find that using an old turkey baster to water my houseplants keeps the leaves dry (which prevents mold and rot) and keeps me from overwatering smaller plants. I will even use a squirt from some of my fish tanks water occasionally for the fertilizing effect!

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October 10, 20011 found this helpful

Take advantage of a light rain and set your houseplants outside. Just like giving them plant food and you don't have to pay for it. Helps keep the plants clean, too!


By Linda

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June 23, 2010

As much as I love my houseplants, I find it a messy chore to water the ones in high places. I've purchased several watering cans to minimize drips, but they left much to be desired - usually a splash from the well of the can. The next time you purchase a bottled water get the kind with the squirt type top (not just a screw top). Once done with your refreshment save the bottle! The top makes it perfect to direct the flow of water where you want it to go, between leaves and no splash! These will last a very long time!

By Tahloolabelle from Ventura, CA

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April 21, 2006

It's easy to remember to water your houseplants if you use the remainder of your drinking water on them. And the water that's been standing around has less chlorine and better for them, too.

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June 7, 2011

My house plants and some of my outside planters are hard to water without spilling water everywhere when getting to the center of the plants. I have been rinsing out my dish soap bottles really well and using them.

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December 1, 2011

These replicas of paper cups are popping up all over the place. I got mine at the Dollar Tree. Besides being great for the car, I found another use for them.

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February 11, 20101 found this helpful

We have quite a few houseplants scattered throughout our home. To streamline things for our house sitter during our absences, I now place the plants in our bathtub.

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August 13, 20080 found this helpful

If you drop an ice cube on the floor, don't just toss it into the sink. Place it in a potted plant or your pet's water dish instead.


Use the same technique for any leftover cubes in mealtime water glasses.

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May 6, 20050 found this helpful

Use coffee filters in the bottom of flower pots to keep soil from running out when watered. I use several in mine since they do decompose over time, but by then the roots should be holding in most of the dirt or its time for you to replant anyway.

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November 14, 20040 found this helpful

You can love your plants to death. Over watering can do them great harm, almost a sure death for them.

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December 22, 2014

If I water my plants with crab water (crab shells soaked in filtered water) will it make my house smell for a long time? Do I need to boil the shells in the water or just soak them at room temperature?


By ilovesophie from Billings, MT


December 4, 20170 found this helpful

It will smell, and the smell will come back every time you water the plants as it will settle into the dirt. I did that once and had to repot my plants.

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September 26, 20120 found this helpful

When watering plants, how do I keep from overwatering them?

By Andrew


February 11, 20170 found this helpful

I water once a week, every Saturday no matter what the plant is. Wednesday, I check them all to see if there drooping and need more, otherwise wait until Saturday again. Get on a schedule of doing it the same time every week and adjust when necessary for certain plants. Hope that helps.

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December 8, 2009

If you don't have time to water your houseplant, take a plastic soda bottle, fill it with water and insert the spout in the earth of your plant, the bottle will empty as the plant needs water. It is especially good if you are going on holiday or have a busy schedule. I swear by this method.


By Anita from Drummondville, Quebec

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