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Each stone has their given-name, their plant-name, and their water and light needs! The numbers on the water-drop coincide with the recommended number-range on this gauge I bought on Amazon (I had to guess some of them based on other plants with similar water-requirements). Also heres the link to the meter I got
My advice would be to buy a moisture meter stick and in the beginning buy only easy-to-care-for plants- if you go to a specialty house plant store they can easily point you towards the right ones. Good luck!
Thank you! Yes garment racks are so much cheaper and versatile than actual plant stands! Glad I could help!
If you decide to get a Yucca, get a moister tester! It will help you from over watering it!
XLUX T10 Soil Moisture Sensor Meter Water Monitor, Hygrometer for Gardening, Farming, No Batteries Required [link]
Thank you!! I used to be known for killing plants by giving them too much love (water) so I totally get your fear! I use a moisture meter like this one whenever the top of the soil looks dry. If the top inch or so is dry, I water and then make sure the excess water drained out. I also mist them once a day and have them all under grow lights (my apartment doesn’t get any natural light). Hope this helps you!!
Good luck with your new beauties!
I’ve read this one is good Limited-time deal: Soil Moisture Sensor Meter - Soil Water Monitor, Hydrometer for Gardening, Farming, No Batteries Required [link]
hm. you might get a moisture meter! i got one and it's helped ward me off from overwatering. i got one for $10 on amazon, and i've been pretty satisfied with it.
for now, you might let it dry out for a few days without the globe. if it continues to droop like that, you could also pull it out to check for root rot
I’ve got this one, and another similar one from Amazon which are both decent.
I got one from a local garden centre which claimed to test moisture and PH level of the soil (so it had two prongs) and it was useless at both!
This is an example of what I mean. You can probably find a smaller one that will fit your pot better.
What I know for sure is to avoid any all-in-one meter, especially ones that advertise things like nutrient level or pH, which are very hard to measure reliably. If you can find any, scientific tools tend to be accurate and less deceptive in their marketing.
Mine has aerial roots too! When they get long enough, I like to wrap them around the base of the plant in hopes they'll climb up the tall moss pole I have inserted into the soil. I use a soil moisture meter and only water when it reads in the red zone, aka dry to the touch when I stick my whole finger into the soil. This comes out to be about every 2 weeks that I have to water her if 3 weeks. When is fine for watering, I'll do it until she's saturated and water runs out the drainage holes. Link to my meter: [link]
I use this one from amazon. It’s $13 and gets the job done with no extra frills that some others have. It gives me accurate readings, and works well with large and small plants. I use this on all my plants ranging from drought resistant zz plant/snake plants to lightly moist plants like calatheas.
I pretty much water all of them once they hit around 2 lower or when a plant looks thirsty, which ever comes first.
A moisture meter like this one is very helpful and inexpensive. They're used by beginners and experts alike, and recommend by many pros. The back of the package usually lists the recommended readings for common types of plants. It takes out the guesswork.
Using larger/deeper plastic saucers at watering time may help you. They're inexpensive. Also, if you switch from top-watering to bottom-watering, you'll never overflow at all.
Happy growing! ��
I got mine from Amazon, [link] there are tons to choose from but I went with a pretty basic one but it's worked out so far!
I just got this one. Simple but does the job
I have this one and so far it has worked well
Soil Hygrometer which the camera is pointing at, it's also pointing at the soil itself.
I also have a air temp/humidity sensor which keeps it at 24C during the day and 22C when the lights are off. It controls a small 500w heater connected to a smart plug, it's automated I don't have to touch it. (this one is kind of crappy I've ordered a better one but it works).
Lights are obviously on a timer as well.
The only thing I couldn't find was a smart hygrometer for the soil so I can automatically water, may have to build something/raspberry pi it, or maybe just find an average since I have a constant temperature and check it weekly.
Just going to leave it all as is until the next grow though i'm only a few weeks away.
This is the exact one I got: [link]
You can find them at Home Depot and maybe Lowes too.
I went with this one on Amazon. Seems to be working pretty well so far. Haven’t had it for very long though.
I have this one from amazon, it works great! XLUX T10 Soil Moisture Sensor Meter Water Monitor, Hygrometer for Gardening, Farming, No Batteries Required [link]
You can get one on amazon here[XLUX T10 Soil Moisture Sensor Meter - Soil Water Monitor, Hydrometer for Gardening, Farming, No Batteries Required [link]]
I can help with that. As long as you're using coco.
A perfectly moist solo cup of 100% coco weighs 280g. If you were to stick a moisture meter in the cup it would be sitting on the cusp of the blue Wet zone, but not in to it. When it gets down to about 240g a meter would read right on the cusp of Dry and now its time to water again, and bring it back to 280g. You are basically oscillating between the cusp of wet and dry, back and forth.
there is a myth out there that moisture meters dont work and for some reason all these newbie growers are missing out on a great tool to help them grow. And it will help them avoid the number one plant stunter out there - over watering. You have to rub off the oxidation with a pot scrubber once in a while. And check its accuracy once in a while by doing this esp if you are getting weird readings. get a cup of your medium medium that is dry and stick the probe in and it better be in the dry zone. Then add water until you think its medium moist and check the meter. It should be in the middle. Then fully water the cup and you should see the meter read Wet. Its easy. I have done this so many times I know how much they should weigh. Its hard to pick a cup and feel its weight because its small. Pots I can do that, but not cups, yet. This isn't really a calibration. Its a check. And if its off, then I throw the meter out and grab a new one.