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How Often Should You Water Houseplants? – GIY Plants

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Understanding the Water Needs of Houseplants

A critical aspect of indoor plant care is understanding when and how much water your plants need. Watering houseplants might seem simple, but there’s an art to doing it right.

Various factors influence the watering needs of your indoor plants, such as plant type, size, soil mix, humidity, temperature, and whether or not it’s the growing season.

This guide aims to help you understand these factors, paving the way to thriving, healthy plants.

Water Needs Based on Plant Type

Different types of plants have different water needs.  It’s crucial to know the specific water needs of your plants.


Plant Type

Watering Frequency



Once every 2-3 weeks

Let soil dry completely between waterings

Snake Plants

Once every 2-3 weeks

Water less in winter, let soil dry out in-between


Once every 1-2 weeks

Keep soil moist, but not too wet

Spider Plants

Once every week

Prefers moist soil but can tolerate dry periods

Peace Lilies

Once every 1-2 weeks

Keep soil slightly moist, water when leaves droop

Fiddle Leaf Figs

Once every 1-2 weeks

Allow soil surface to dry out between watering

Rubber Plants

Once every 1-2 weeks

Let top inch of soil dry out before watering

Boston Ferns

Two to three times a week

Keep soil consistently moist

English Ivy

Once every week

Keep soil slightly dry, avoid overwatering

ZZ Plants

Once every 2-3 weeks

Let soil dry completely between waterings

Aloe Vera

Once every 2-3 weeks

Water thoroughly and let soil dry out between waterings


Once every 1-2 weeks

Keep soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged


Once every week

Allow top inch of soil to dry out between waterings


Once every 1-2 weeks

Let top soil dry out between waterings


Once every week

Allow to dry out between waterings; water less in winter


Once every week

Keep soil evenly moist, avoid waterlogged soil


Once every week

Allow top inch of soil to dry out between waterings

Radiator Plant (Peperomia)

Once every week

Let soil dry out between waterings


Once every week

Keep soil slightly damp, not soggy

Chinese Money Plant (Pilea)

Once every week

Water when top 50% of soil is dry

Factors to Consider for How Often You Should Water Indoor Plants

Considering Plant and Pot Size

Your indoor plant’s size and pot play a significant role in determining how often you should water. Small plants in small pots may need watering more often than larger plants in bigger pots, as smaller pots can only hold so much water.

On the other hand, larger plants have a more extensive root system that requires more water.

Role of Soil Mix in Watering Schedule

The type of soil mix in your pot also determines your watering schedule. Some soil mixes retain water better than others. A fast-draining mix might require more frequent watering than a moisture-retaining mix.

Checking if the soil is dry before watering is always a good practice. Stick your finger about an inch into the soil; if it feels dry, it’s likely time to water your plant.

Impact of Humidity and Temperature

Humidity and temperature levels significantly influence how often you should water indoor plants. In a hot and dry environment, your plants need more water, as the water evaporates quickly.

Conversely, your plants need less water in a cooler and more humid climate. Remember that many popular houseplants are tropical plants and appreciate a humid environment.

Watering and Growing Seasons

Just like outdoor plants, indoor plants also have growing and dormant seasons. Most houseplants grow during the warmer months and go dormant during the cooler ones. Plants need more water during the growing season and less during the dormant season.

Different Ways to Water Indoor Plants

Various watering techniques can be used for indoor plants. The top-down method involves adding water until it drains from the bottom, ensuring the plant receives a thorough watering.

Alternatively, the bottom watering technique consists of placing the pot in a water tray and allowing the plant to soak up water through the drainage hole. This method is excellent for watering small plants and ensures water reaches the root level.

The Importance of Using the Right Water

The type of water used for your plants also matters. While tap water is often convenient, it contains chemicals that can harm plants. Leaving tap water out overnight before watering allows these chemicals to evaporate.

Softened water contains sodium, which can harm plants, so it’s best to avoid it. Distilled water or rainwater are typically the best choices for watering houseplants.

Preventing Overwatering and Underwatering

Excess water can lead to root rot, a common issue for overwatered plants. On the other hand, underwatering can cause the plant to wilt. Checking the moisture level in the soil before watering is the best way to avoid both problems.

Moreover, ensure your pots have proper drainage, as waterlogged soil can harm many houseplants.

Devising a Watering Schedule

Considering all these factors, how often should you water houseplants? As a rule, most houseplants prefer their soil to dry out before the next watering. It’s also worth noting that different plants will have different watering needs.

An effective way to manage this is by devising a watering schedule. This will depend on your plant’s type, size, and other factors discussed above.


Remember, this guide is a starting point. Part of the joy of being a plant owner is learning from experience. Pay attention to your plants— they often give signs when they need more or less water. With patience and practice, you’ll soon become adept at understanding your plants’ watering needs, and your indoor garden will flourish.

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