How to Avoid Overwatering Your Small Plants

How to Avoid Overwatering Your Small Plants

Introduction of How to Avoid Overwatering Your Small Plants


We shower our plants with love and water! However, too much of what is advantageous can be harmful. Plants, like us, require water to thrive, but only in the appropriate amount. Plants need water, but that doesn't imply they need all of it. Excess water suffocates roots and washes away nutrients, making them unhappy and unhealthy. Instead of guessing, we can learn each plant's needs, especially small plant water needs. Since smaller plants have shallow root systems, excessive drainage can result in severe consequences. Some plants require daily watering, but others like a deep soak followed by a dry spell.

Come on, let's discuss the science of watering plants! And learn about some indicators and preventive measures for keeping your small plant alive and healthy from overwatering.



The Reasons Why Overwatering Can Be Unsafe for Small Plants


How to Avoid Overwatering Your Small Plants


What happens when you give a plant too much water? Let's talk science. Water is essential for the various functions that plants carry out. Water transports nutrients from the soil to the roots and throughout the plant. It also helps plants retain their structure by keeping their cells sturdy. However, too much water prevents a plant from performing all of its essential functions. Let’s learn the science behind overwatering plants:


  • Shortage of Air in Soil: Soil is similar to a sponge, retaining both air and water. Overwatering depletes the oxygen supply to plant roots, resulting in overflowing the air space in the soil.
  • Selected ion exchange: Plant roots can only draw nutrients from the soil that have already dissolved in water. When a plant is overwatered, nutrients are leached from the soil before the roots can absorb them.
  • Oxygen Depletion: Roots perish when water accumulates at the base of the hole surrounding a plant's roots as a result of overwatering. As with humans, roots need oxygen to breathe. Without it, your plants would suffocate and die.


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Indicators That Your Small Plants Are Overwatering


How to Avoid Overwatering Your Small Plants


Early detection is critical for saving small plants from overwatering. Pay attention to these signs:


  1. Wilting Foliage: Wilting effects may appear uncommon, yet they might happen because of both underwatering and overwatering. Overwatering causes wilted or droopy leaves, which lack turgor (stiffness) due to root damage because they don't get enough air. 
  2. Leaf Discoloration: Yellow or brown leaves that begin at the bottom and proceed upward indicate root injury, which hinders the plant from transporting nutrients to its leaves.
  3. Mushy stems: hard stems indicate good health. Soft, spongy stems indicate overwatering issues that lead to oxygen shortages, resulting in root rot. 
  4. Stunted Growth: Excessive water hinders normal plant growth, resulting in less foliage and blooms. Primarily, overwatered plants often get stunted. Leaves growing, buds forming (which you may choose to cut off), and flowers growing are the main stages of plant growth in most of your yard. Photosynthesis stops without leaf (and branch) regrowth, depleting energy and preventing flowering, resulting in stunted growth.
  5. Fungus Gnat Presence: Depending on the capacity of the soil to discharge or retain water, watering in an incorrect quantity may have detrimental effects on the plant, like fungus or mould growth presence. Also, stagnant water causes bothersome fungi that weaken the small plants' roots.


Also check out this: Natural Remedies to Remove Fungus from Indoor Gardens



Preventive Measures to Avoid Overwatering Your Small Plants


How to Avoid Overwatering Your Small Plants


Water makes up 10% of us, yet 95% of plants! So we must discover alternative ways to determine if they are getting enough water. Learn preventive tips on how to avoid overwatering your small plants:


  1. Learn each plant's watering needs: Determine what type of watering your plants require, which is an ideal way to avoid overwatering. Succulents, for example, require occasional watering in between prolonged spells of drought, while ferns thrive with plenty of water.
  2. Skip the timetable: Do not water on a set timetable. Watering schedules vary depending on plant species and environmental variables (light, temperature). 
  3. The "finger test": Stick your finger to the soil's first knuckle before watering. If it's dry, water the plant. However, if wet, wait to dry before watering again. 
  4. Drainage is essential: Make sure your pot's bottom has enough drainage holes so that water can easily escape. If you're using a cachepot, which is a decorative pot without a drainage system, take out the inner pot, fill it with water, let it drain, and then reinstall it. 
  5. Soak and Drain: This approach soaks the soil, allowing the roots to absorb water completely, and then drains the extra water away, ensuring that the plant does not sit in puddles. Water thoroughly till water emerges from drainage holes. Pour off any excess water.


Also check out this: Watering Guide for Common Houseplants





Small plants have delicate roots that cannot withstand water. Small roots, on the other hand, have water completely occupying their ideal air space. These air spaces are essential for proper growth. If they fill with water, the roots die from lack of oxygen and can no longer absorb water and nutrients. Following overwatering detection and prevention with the above-mentioned measuring tips regularly will help you quickly learn how to water your small plant in a way that is both effective and efficient.

Find out how much water each plant needs on the Greenkin to ensure the proper growth of houseplants of all sizes.

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