Stop making these common indoor gardening mistakes, for the sake of your plants

Overwatering your plants or underwatering them is one of the surest ways to put your new garden in trouble. These common practices can lead to brown and yellow leaves, rotting roots, insect infestations, etc. The first step to watering properly is to identify your exact plant species. But there are other factors to consider, such as container size, lighting, and humidity, depending on Happy Sprout.

In addition to this, there are different types of watering. Two typical methods are the soak and dry method and misting. Soak and dry is when you water the soil thoroughly and allow enough time to pass until the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. Then you repeat the process. Plants that thrive in high humidity appreciate misting, which can be daily or less frequent from a vaporizer or mist maker.

A watering schedule and labeling your plants can take the guesswork out of watering. You should start by identifying your plants and their water needs. Separate them into categories such as once a week, once every two weeks, daily misting, and soaking and drying. You can then use markers that stick in the ground, or labels on each pot or shelf, to help you easily recognize which plants need what. Watering on the same day each week is a helpful way to remember watering, or you can even create a schedule to stay more organized. The most important point is to recognize your individual plants and water them regularly according to their needs.