It can be easy to forget to water plants regularly, which can lead to them becoming underwater. Underwatering can cause plants to wilt, turn yellow, and even die. In this post, we will discuss how to know when your houseplants are underwater and what you can do to fix the problem.
Signs of underwatering
- Wilting Leaves : One of the most common signs of underwatering is wilting leaves. When a plant is not getting enough water, it will start to droop and wilt. This is because the plant is trying to conserve water by reducing the surface area of its leaves. Leaves can also begin to curl as a sign of underwatering.
- Yellowing Leaves : When a plant. is not getting enough eater, it will start to break down chlorophyll, which is what gives leaves their green color. This breakdown will cause the leaves to turn yellow.
- Stunted growth : Underwater plants may also experience stunted growth. This is because the plant is not getting enough water to support its growth.
- Dry Soil : If your soil is very dry to touch and breaks into lumps when you touch it, the soil has become completely dehydrated. Dehydrated soil does not absorb as much water and can contribute to the problem.
How to fix underwatering
- Water your plant : The first step to fixing the problem is to water your plant. Make sure to water it thoroughly, so that the water reaches the roots. If your soil is dehydrated it is best to soak the plant and keep it in a tray of water for 20-30minutes to rehydrate the soil. After this allow the excess water to drain. You can also add some fertilizer to the water to help your plant recover.
- Adjust your watering schedule: if you find that you are consistently underwatering your plants, it may be time to adjust your watering schedule. Make sure to water your plants regularly, but not too often. The frequency will depend on the type of plant and the environment it is in.
- Check for drainage: Make sure that your plant has proper drainage. If the soil is not draining properly it can lead to over or under watering.
Underwatering can be detrimental to your houseplants. By knowing the signs of underwatering and how to fix it, you can ensure that your plants stay healthy and thrive. Remember to water your plants regularly, adjust your watering schedule, and check for proper drainage. With these tips you can keep your houseplants looking their best.