After a successful year of plant parenthood, we decided to get a fiddle leaf fig tree. Knowing nothing about them, a horticulturist at the nursery told us to buy a moisture meter to use. Little did we know, we'd end up using the handy-dandy gadget for almost all of our plants!
So trust us when we tell you that you need one. Here's the lowdown on how to use the moisture meter when determining a watering schedule for your houseplants.
Before you use the meter, make sure it's cleaned off and doesn't have any residual dirt from the last use. Only use the meter in soil, do not use the meter for cuttings or plants growing in liquids. Push the probe down vertically about 3 inches into the plant's soil. Make sure you don't push the probe down too close to the stem. Note what the number displays, and water (or don't water!) appropriately. When you remove the meter, wipe it clean, and store it in a dry place. This will help ensure accurate measurements.
Below is a short list of common plants and their corresponding watering number. If a plant you own isn't on the list, don't fret - this is an abbreviated list, and the moisture meter packaging includes additional plants.
Before you drop what you're doing and race to check your plants with the meter, let's discuss a couple of things worth noting. First, water a plant only when the needle lands on or below its corresponding watering number. Note that plants listed under number 3 and 4 prefer to be kept moist, while those under 1 and 2 prefer drier conditions. Be sure to check your smaller potted plants more often, as those dry out more quickly.
And there ya have it! Watering your plants just got a whole lot easier.
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