Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Thursday, March 15, 2007

General Houseplant Watering Guide

Low - Allow the soil of your houseplant to dry completely in between watering. Usually it is only necessary to water the houseplant once every 1 to 2 weeks.

Moderate - When the soil is dry to touch, water the plant. Usually this ends up being once a week.

Moderate to Heavy - For houseplants with this requirement, it usually is best to water once every 5 days or so. Keep the soil slightly moist.

Heavy - Keep the plants soil moist at all times. However, be careful not to over water. You do not want the soil soggy, just moist. Usually you will need to water houseplants with this requirement twice a week.

One main key involved with watering any variety of houseplant, is to use non-treated water. If your tap water goes through a water softener, do not use this on your plants. They will overtime die or become unhealthy. Either purchase water or I use our outside water faucet which is not run through the softener.

Below are a list of houseplants and their recommended water levels. Please let me know of other plants to add to the list or if you feel a plant should be in a different category.

Low Water Levels
Aloe Vera
Cast Iron Plants
Jade Plants
Majesty Palms
Neanthe Bella Palms
Phoenix Palms
Ponytail Palms
Sago Palms
Spider Plants
ZZ Plants

Moderate Water Levels
Amazon Alocasia, Elephant's Ear
Asparagus Ferns
Bird of Paradise
Chinese Evergreens
Christmas Cactus
Corn Plants
Dracaena Varieties
English Ivy
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Flamingo Flower
Goldfish Plants
Heart Leaf Philodendron
Lady Palms
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Norfolk Island Pines
Polka Dot Plants
Shamrock Plants
Swedish Ivy
Zebra Plants

Moderate to Heavy
African Violets
Dallas Fern
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
Ficus Varieties
Flame Violet
Janet Craig
Kentia / Sentry Palms
Lipstick Plants
Maidenhair Fern
Persian Violets
Piggyback Plants
Prayer Plants
Snake Plants (Mother In Law Tongue)
Snow Bush
Split Leafed Philodendron
Wandering Jews
White Cloud Ficus

Heavy Water Levels
Areca Palms
Arrowhead Vine
Boston Fern
Chinese Fan Palms
Fishtail Palms
Hawaiian Ti
Miniature Rose
Peace Lily (Closet Plants)
Rubber Plants
Staghorn Ferns


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about poinsettias? My boss wants them watered at least every other day in her office. I think that is too often.

7:38 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

Poinsettia's don't need to be watered every other day. They require low to moderate water levels, so maybe twice a week tops. Read my full Poinsettia Care Tips for more info.


1:41 PM  
Blogger Laurie Carlsson said...

what about english ivy?

10:02 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


I haven't reviewed English Ivy yet, but I added them to the General Watering and Lighting Guides.


10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pineapple plant, how often do i need to water it?

Approximately how many cups of water should each plant be watered? it seems that i kill them with too much water.

please advise.


10:55 AM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


Can any of my readers give us a hand. I have never grown a Pineapple plant. Any have some advice for my reader?

Thank you in advance,

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I broke a stem off of my philodendron plant will another stem come back. lisa

11:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i have a little calathea which is producing leaves but i noticed 2 things:
1. the leaves curl inside as if burned then they wither
2. there r little bug like insects hovering around the leaves and soil
i tried to use pesticide they disappear for few days then return
what is the cause of the 2 symptoms?

6:07 AM  
Anonymous The bean said...

I recently reported several plants from a mixed planter with no drainage to separate clay pots. The plants look droopy even with regular watering. Could they have root rot from the previous container? What does that look like?

6:21 PM  
Anonymous IEQ Indoor Plants said...

Hi, I am surprised more people don't use the wick system for watering plants. You can throw away the water metre or dirty finger method. Using a wick the soil will take up the correct amount of water and still leave room for oxygen and microbes. We use this method commercially and get great results.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Any tips about a Peperomia plant? I recently killed one (over watering, but seemed to not have a strong root structure to begin with), and just got a replacement. Hope for better luck this time! I see conflicting info on other websites.... Any help would be great!

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As like yourself I can't get past a point when growing Rubber Plants. up until about 2 weeks ago my plants were doing fine. then in the last 2 weeks they have started to loose their leaves. (going Brown on the sides & now going Yellow & falling off. someone said I was watering to much. but have not done so in last 2 weeks or more. how long must I leave it before I water them again.?

1:01 PM  

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