The famous college basketball coach, John Wooden, once wrote that he started out each season by showing the new players how to properly put on their shoes and socks so that they wouldn’t get blisters. He said blisters were a common problem that kept players from being able to play their best. At first players thought he was nuts to go over something as simple as putting on socks and shoes, but then they realized that making sure to do that seemingly simple task properly did make a difference in how they played overall.
As usual, when reading this, our thoughts turn to gardening and one of the simplest tasks in caring for house plants – watering.
It seems so simple, just pour water in the pot with the plant and all is good, right?
Yes, sometimes, all is good if you just add water, but if you pay a little bit more attention to this simplest of tasks, you can avoid a few problems and your plants will be healthier in the long run.
Water when the plant needs it, which you can figure out by sticking your finger down in the dirt up to about your first knuckle. Then when you water, water until the water comes out the bottom of the container, and then discard that excess water. (Whew, that’s four waters in one sentence.)
Of course if a plant is wilting, water it. And look at the plant as you water it to see if it has any signs of disease or insects, or needs a little trim here and there. Maybe you’ll even find a flower bud! Or a bloom!
Finally, try to avoid watering with water straight from your water faucet. But if you must, let the water sit overnight and get to room temperature.
Watering, like putting on your shoes and socks, is such a simple task, but doing that simple task well could make a big difference!