If you’re like me, you probably have a few Monstera plants around your house. They are such beautiful and easy-to-care-for plants! But did you know there is a right and wrong way to water them? In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to water monstera plants – from the top or the bottom?
Do You Water Monstera from Top or Bottom?
Both methods of watering have their pros and cons, so it’s really up to you which method you choose. Bottom watering gets the winning vote as it allows the roots to have direct contact with the water.
Plus, bottom watering means there’s no need to wait for the water to travel through the soil and reach the roots – they’re already getting a good soaking!
Let’s take a closer look at each method…
Benefits of Watering Monstera from the Top
Here are the benefits of watering your monstera plant from the top:
1) Watering from the top is the most common method
First, let’s get one thing out of the way – watering from the top is the most common method of watering plants, including monsteras. If you’re new to plant care, this is probably the method you’re most comfortable with.
2) It’s quick and easy, and you can see exactly where the water is going
Watering from the top is quick and easy. You can simply turn on the faucet and let the water flow directly onto the plant.
3) Easy to test the moisture level of the soil without having to remove the plant
Watering from the top also allows you to test the moisture level of the soil without having to remove the plant from its pot. Simply stick your finger into the soil and feel around for moisture. If it’s damp, then your plant is getting enough water.
Cons of Watering Monstera from the Top
Now let’s take a look at the downside of watering from the top:
1) Can’t take water out of the soil if you accidentally use too much
First, if you accidentally use too much water when watering from the top, it can be difficult to remove the excess water from the soil. This can lead to root rot or other problems.
2) Can be difficult to reach the roots when the plant is pot-bound
Another downside of watering from the top is that it can be difficult to reach the roots when the plant is pot-bound. If the roots are compacted, they may not be able to absorb all of the water you’re giving them.
3) Surface mold can grow if the soil stays moist for too long
Finally, if the soil stays moist for too long, surface mold can grow. This is especially true if you live in a humid climate. This can lead to disease and more pests in your home.
Benefits of Watering Monstera from the Bottom
So, what are the benefits of watering your monstera plant from the bottom?
1) Easier for roots to receive water
First, watering from the bottom is easier for roots to receive water. They don’t have to travel through the soil to get to the water – it’s already there waiting for them!
2) No water lands on leaves
Another benefit of watering from the bottom is that no water lands on the leaves. This is important because wet leaves are more susceptible to disease and fungus growth.
Cons of Watering Monstera from the Bottom
Of course, there are also some downsides to watering from the bottom:
1) It can be difficult to know how much water to use
When watering from the bottom, it can be difficult to know how much water to use. There’s always the chance that you soak your plant for too long or not long enough. A little bit of practice will help you get the hang of it.
2) Can take more preparation
Depending on how you water from the bottom, it can take more preparation. Simply adding water to a tray or saucer isn’t too hard, but many people water their plants in the bathtub or sink. This can take a bit more time to set up and clean up afterward.
So, there you have it! The pros and cons of watering your monstera plant from the top or bottom. Now it’s time to decide which method is right for you!
In conclusion, I believe that watering your monstera plant from the bottom is the best method. It’s easier for the roots to absorb water and there’s no risk of wetting the leaves. However, it’s ultimately up to you to decide what works best for your plant. Experiment and see what gives you the best results. Thanks for reading!
Do you have any tips on watering monstera plants? Share them in the comments below!