Houseplants – Watering

Q: I have a fiddle leaf fig. I was told to give a tree this size two quarts of water two times a week. Am I watering too much or too little?

A: Watering houseplants on a set schedule with a set amount of water is likely to lead to problems.

Different plants in different locations need varying amounts of water during the year.

Use your “digital water meter” (your index finger) to touch the soil every few days. If it seems dry, push the finger in further to make sure. If the soil is still dry, it’s time to water. There will be a big difference in water needs between winter and summer.

If you really want to perk it up, place it outdoors in a spot with bright shade but not full sunshine. Bring it in around the first of September.

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