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Mastering the Basics

The ultimate guide to watering indoor plants

Indoor plants bring life and freshness to any space, but proper watering is crucial for their health and happiness. Too much or too little water can really impact a plants strength and survival. In this guide, we'll explore when and how to help your plants thrive with the right amount of water.

It is well known that water is essential for the survival of plants, it is needed to make its food (via photosynthesis) but not all plants have the same water requirements. The two most frequently asked questions we get at Soto about indoor plants is ‘'how frequently should I water my plans? and 'how should I water my house plants’.

Each Soto indoor and outdoor plant has specific watering guidance which can be found on the plants' profile page, but this watering guide gives 8 important tips on creating perfectly hydrated indoor plants.

Watering Frequency

Establish a watering schedule based on the needs of your plants - not the day of the week! This information can be found in each indoor plants profile. 

Check the moisture level of the soil with your finger!

It is important not to overwater your plants. Prevent root rot by checking the moisture level of the soil before watering. Dip your finger about an inch under the soil. The plant doesn’t need watering if the soil sticks to your finger. Watch Max in the Soto Masterclass demonstrate the finger dip technique on an outdoor plant.

Don’t water leaves

Pour water directly onto the soil, ensuring even distribution. Alternatively, place the plant pot in a tray of water and allow it to soak up moisture from the bottom.

Use a watering can with a narrow spout.

This allows for precise watering, avoiding splashing and ensuring water reaches the root zone. Soto has a selection in our Toolshed.

Use the right temperature water

Use room temperature water to avoid shocking the roots.

Check your water type

If your tap water is high in minerals, consider using rainwater, filtered or distilled water to prevent mineral buildup in the soil.

Think about the season

Plants require less water in winter because they don’t grow as much. Be extra vigilant about overwatering as the seasons change.

How much water to use?

The soil is a good indictor for how much water to use. Once you have given a bit of water, the soil should be damp. You don’t want the soil to be soggy or soaking as this would indicate over watering. 

We hope this guide has given you lots of tips to help you confidently water your indoor plants, helping them to flourish!

Want to know more? Read our guide on how much water your indoor plant needs. Looking for advice for outdoor plants? This watering Masterclass has lots of tips on when, how and what to avoid when watering outdoor plants 


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