Episode 25: Watering

Do you tend to kill your plants with kindness? It's easy to overwater houseplants, especially at this time of year when many of them are having a rest, temperatures and light levels are lower and less water's required. In this episode, I look at a few of the thorny issues around watering, such as whether it's better to water with rainwater or tap water, what temperature the water should be, and how to tell if your houseplants need watering in the first place. (Clue: although the watering can above is rather pretty, it's actually fairly rubbish as a watering can. Can you guess what I use instead? Listen to find out!)

Here's my Tradescantia (maybe 'Bridal Veil?) on the left and  Pilea glauca  (misnamed - see below) on the right, getting a bath in a tray of water.

Here's my Tradescantia (maybe 'Bridal Veil?) on the left and Pilea glauca (misnamed - see below) on the right, getting a bath in a tray of water.

If you were intrigued by my mention of the naming and identification issues surrounding the plant pictured on the right above, often known as Pilea glauca, check out this post on Rufino Osorio's website which explains all. (I know, it's odd that there are two Pilea species in circulation as houseplants that have had uncertainty around their names (the other being Pilea peperomioides of course, but that's botanical Latin for you!)

Question(s) of the week

Alexia Pons has a Monstera deliciosa (aka split leaf philodendron aka Swiss cheese plant) with yellowing leaves, while Molly Donnermeyer wants to know what to do with the Monstera cutting she has rooted in water. 

I mention an article by James Wong about how to save overwatered plants - you can read that here.

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This week's show featured the tracks Whistling Rufus by the Heftone Banjo Orchestra and An Instrument the Boy Called Happy Day, Gokarna from Samuel Corwin's Selected Field Recordings from India and Nepal, Volume I (Folk Songs), both licensed under Creative Commons, and Hot Lips by Bill Brown and His Brownies. Thanks also to Mark Hamilton for his voices: find out more at markhamilton.org.uk.

Jane Perrone