20151219BTo keep your houseplants happy, learn to be flexible in your watering habits.

Check the state of their potting mix every 3 to 4 days… but only water those whose soil is dry to the touch. Skip the others. Then, 3 or 4 days later, go back and water only those plants whose soil is dry. You’ll find that some plants need watering with each time, at least while they’re in active growth, while others are only thirsty every 2 times, or 3 times, maybe even every 4 or 5 times. The same plant’s needs will even change according to the season, the size of the pot, and other factors. And dormant plants will go months without needing water!

Thus, by selectively watering every three or four days, you’ll be able to meet the needs of all your plants, without exception.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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