Guide to watering houseplants in winter

Hass & Co Botanics Perth.
Hass & Co Botanics Perth.

DO you struggle to know when to water your houseplants?

As the weather cools and we move into the winter season, most houseplants require less water as growth slows during this time of the year.

Casey O’Callahan from Leederville indoor plant store Hass & Co Botanics likens this stage to a semi-dormancy period where plants are not in an active growth cycle.

Casey’s top tips for watering indoor plants in winter:

  • Check the moisture level

Not sure if the soil is wet?

Check the moisture level by sticking your finger in the soil and if it feels cool, damp or wet, don’t water your tropical plant yet.

  • Soil moisture checkers

If you’re unsure when to water, soil moisture checkers are available, taking the guesswork out of it.

How the water checker works: The Sustee device absorbs moisture at root level.

After watering, the indicator gradually turns from white to blue, indicating the soil is damp.

  • Step-by-step guide

1. Simply place the water checker into the soil up to the indicated line.

2. Leave it in your pot for continuous monitoring.

3. Water your plant when the indicator is white.

Sustee comes in three sizes to suit different planter dimensions: small $12.95, medium $14.95, large $17.95 and are available at Hass & Co Botanics.

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