Everyone knows that plants need water to stay hydrated and grow, but what if you are over watering your plants? Many people are over watering their plants and not even realizing it, and when they finally do it is too late. Is there a chance that you are over watering your beautiful blooms? Take a look below at 7 signs you are over watering plants, so you can be sure you are giving them just the right amount of water they need to be healthy!
7 Signs You Are Over Watering Plants
1. Yellow Leaves:
One of the first signs of over watering plants is yellow leaves. If you notice the foliage of your plants looks yellow or even yellowish/white then you might be over watering them. This is usually one of the first signs of over watering, so if you see it, check with your hand to see if the soil is still moist, if moist then hold off on the water until the foliage regains its color. The reason I say check with your hand first is because yellowing of leaves can also be a sign of not enough water.
2. Wilting Foliage:
A plant doesn’t have to be thirsty to wilt, in fact over watering can cause wilting too. If your foliage is wilting but doesn’t feel crunchy or coarse to the touch, over watering may be the culprit. Hold off on water and allow the plant a warm and sunny spot to dry out in.
3. Mud At The Base Of The Plant:
Reach in and feel the soil around the base of the plant. Is it watery and muddy? Does your finger sink in and have mud on it when removed? If so, you have over watered. Move the plant to a warm and sunny place, and add some more soil around the base to help absorb all of the moisture.
4. Burned Foliage:
When you water too much, water may sit on the foliage of the plants and not have the chance to be absorbed. This free standing water can be burned by the heat of the sun, leaving burn marks on the leaves and blooms. If you are seeing burn spots, make sure you keep foliage dry and only water at the base in the future.
5. Peeling Stems:
If you are over watering a plant, you might notice peeling on the main stems. The first sight of peeling should be taken seriously, and you need to allow the plant to dry out nicely before watering further. You might also see peeling on other areas of the stems, as the peeling typically spreads.
6. Foul Smell:
Root rot doesn’t exactly smell good. If you are over watering plants, the root may be experiencing rot. If you notice your plant has a foul or strong odor, chances are it is being over watered. You may need to re-pot at this point to provide the plant a dry place to recover.
7. Heavy Pots:
If you planted your flowers in pots, just give them a quick lift. Does the pot feel heavier than usual? If so, it may be full of water. Always use planters that have drainage holes at the bottom so water never accumulates under the plant.
Are you ready to enjoy healthier more vibrant plants? Consider these tips for how to tell you are over watering plants so you can grow healthy, colorful plants!
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