MAINTAINING YOUR PLANTS:
In the wild, the rainy season might
be sort, and might only consist of a single thunder shower, or a month
with them. The plants are soaked, and sets out small roots and start
growing. Where the wild plants covers huge areas, our normally sits in
real small pots, and can't breath the same way. They might choke, as the
roots need oxygen to work.
Starting the growing season is
tricky. Many plants are opportunists, and will wait for an eternity for
water. If you don't give it to them, they wait for years, till they die.
Others will rot instantly, if they are not ready. Winter-growers tend
to be opportunists, and many can be grown successfully at summer time.
Desert plants actually get
quite some water, but only in a short period. I
have actually seen cacti, growing within an annual creek. The have a large area to
call theirs, and do actually soak-up quite some water in the
growing period. And some years are El Nino years, and a true highlight
in their lives. They might only receive 50 mm of rain one year, but get
it on several square metres, while your plant only sit in a 0,01 square
The amount of water depends on
other factors as well. The species, the amount of leaves, the
and the Ventilation
have a huge impact to the need.
Over-watering causes the roots to choke, as they don't get oxygen. They die, and fungus attack the dead tissue. That rot can spread to the major roots and the caudex. At first, the plant might look dry - which the leaves actually are, as they get no water from the dead roots. If in doubt, have a look at the roots. If they have gone, remove the leaves and dry out the plant. Give it some fungicide on the wounds and cross your fingers.
Where you water is important. I realise the water come from the top, in the wild, but as we have altered other factors, it is better to add it from the button. The soil will not be pressed as much, and the level changes better. The deeper the Pots are, the more difference is there in the level of moisture. The the plant can grow its roots, where the perfect conditions occurs.
Stop watering can force many plants into dormancy, which is convenient, if your winter is cold or/and dark. At the same time, it is what is needed for some species to initiate flowering.