93% Of Plant Owners Still Make This Huge Mistake

Listen up, folks! You won’t believe this shocking truth: a whopping 93% of plant owners out there are making a colossal mistake. Can you imagine? It’s as if the plant kingdom is one big sufferin’ mess. And let me tell you, I was right in that boat.

Oh boy, when I first started my journey as a green-thumb enthusiast, I fell into this trap too. But let me warn you, it’s a slippery slope, my friends, one that could lead your precious plants straight down the path of doom.

You see, this mistake, it’s a sneaky little devil that creeps up on ya, whispering in your ear like a mischievous gnome. Ah, but fear not, my fellow plant lovers! There’s a way out of this mess, and I’m here to spill the beans.

So grab a cup of joe, sit back, and let me regale you with the tale of this colossal blunder that’s plaguing the plant community. It’s gonna be a wild ride!

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In this video Sheffield Made Plants shares one huge mistake that many plant owners are still making, leading to the downfall of their plants.

He was guilty of this when he was a beginner, and it’s such an easy mistake to fall into when you hear all the horror stories from YouTubers and in books about the terrible consequences of overwatering.

There is an easy solution, so let’s talk about what he needs to do.

His mom and dad are more casual plant collectors, and most of their collection comes from him when he buys them a plant as a present every year for every birthday, Christmas, and anniversary.

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He visited them last weekend and saw his mom doing the very thing he’s going to talk about in this video. She was filling up her little one-liter watering can and going around her collection of about 20 plants, adding a little splash of water to the soil of each one. There are actually two things wrong here.

First, she wasn’t checking to see if each plant actually needed a drink before giving it water. Instead, she settled into the routine of watering her plants every Saturday, regardless of whether they need water or not.

Second, she was only adding a splash of water to the top of the soil. This splash of water is insufficient to hydrate a plant properly. The real ball of the indoor plant is usually very dense with a thick mat of roots surrounded by earthy soil.

It can take a surprisingly large amount of water to hydrate all parts of the root ball. So splashing a little bit over the top really isn’t going to do the job. Top watering a plant can be a funny thing.

Water is a bit lazy and tends to follow the cracks and crevices that are easiest to flow through, meaning that denser parts of the root ball don’t get wet. If you were to take your plant over to your sink area and pour a fairly decent amount of water over the soil and then pull that plant out of its pot.

He thinks there will still be some dry patches. If you were to take a cross section of the root ball with a knife, there would probably be some dry patches in the middle of the root ball.

Water just doesn’t want to flow there. Like he said, it requires a substantial amount of water to saturate the plant fully. He might be thinking, why is he going on so much about this? It’s because it’s really not healthy for his plant to have sections of the soil that are not getting fully saturated. Roots will become dry, brittle, start to rot, and then dry off.

This will show in the foliage as the plant begins to wilt and yellow in some sections. So if his plant regularly wilts even though he gives it water regularly, then this may be the reason.

This doesn’t just apply to indoor plants either. If he has plants in his garden, patio, or balcony, it’s best practice to water infrequently but deeply. Too many folks are watering their outdoor plants a little bit every day, rather than watering deeply twice a week.

And by deeply, he means standing over each plant and starting with his hose for a good couple of minutes, fully saturating the soil so that the water penetrates deep into the soil.

This then encourages the roots to follow the water and grow deeper into the earth. The deeper the roots grow, the happier they will be. Deep watering helps plants develop a larger root system that can access water stored in the lower layers of the soil, enabling plants to withstand periods of drought and have a reservoir of moisture to draw from during dry spells.

Wetting the top of the soil only by watering a little bit every day encourages the roots to stay near the top of the soil, where they’re more likely to dry out quickly in hot weather.

Deep roots are also stronger and more resilient, providing better anchorage for the plant and allowing it to access nutrients and water more effectively.


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