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The big watering mistake you're probably making could be killing your plants, here's what to do instead

By Rachael Gavin|

O?verwatering is one of the most common causes of indoor plant problems and often what leads to their demise.

So it's understandable that some houseplant owners are so unsure about how much water to give their plants that they end up drizzling a tiny bit on the soil.

But according to plant enthusiast Krystal, who has developed a huge following for her plant care tip videos on TikTok, ?that's a big mistake.

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Krystal demonstrates what not to do. (TikTok/@plantswithkrystal)

She explained that watering your plants isn't about how much water each plant needs, it's actually about how often you do it.

"Drown that [plant], water it thoroughly, soak it?, give it a lot of it," she said in a TikTok video while dunking a cactus in a bowl of water, and drenching other houseplants by putting them in the sink under a running tap.

To do this though, you need to have good drainage in your pot. That requires the plant to either be potted into a pot with a drainage hole, or kept in its plastic nursery pot and placed inside a plant pot.

It's also good to have a ?saucer underneath pots with drainage holes, so that the water has somewhere to go and doesn't flood your shelf or bench.

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Depending on the plant they'll either need drowning or soaking. (TikTok/@plantswithkrystal)

If you've thoroughly soaked your plant, you likely won't need to water it for a while and you should check the plant needs water before soaking it again.

"Check the soil, understand your plant and how much it needs, make sure the water is running all the way through your plant," Krystal said.

?"I can't ever answer the question, 'How often should I water myˇ­'. There's no real answer. It depends on your environment, the soil it's in, the care... but what I can say for sure, no matter the plant, water thoroughly when it's time to water!"

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After watching Krystal's video her followers had plenty of questions, mostly about whether her advice is the same for specific types of plants.

"Succulents too?" one asked.

"How about a bear paw? I'm always scared to get the tiny hairs wet," commented a follower.

"Orchids too?" said one.

"Even the fiddle fig?"? another asked.

The answer was yes to all of those plants, but with a bonus tip for each.

For succulents, Krystal said to water "when the leaves are a bit soft and the soil is dry, soak it".

With orchids she advised to avoid getting water in the crown,? and to saturate the soil for the bear paw.

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Krystal with her thriving pothos plant. (TikTok/@plantswithkrystal)

One follower wondered about whether tap water was OK for plants or if they need filtered.

"Almost all my plants get tap. Only carnivorous plants get distilled in my home," Krystal said.

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The best way to check if your plants need water is to pop your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry then it's usually time to water, but if it's moist you can hold off watering for now.

However some plants like to completely dry out between watering, so keep that in mind before you give them a soak.?

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