This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

April 17, 2013

How to determine the correct amount of water for your indoor palm

There are plant experts who can just stick their finger in the soil around a plant and estimate if the amount of water is correct. I am not one of those people! So, since my Kentia palm likes to be kept consistently moist, but not too wet, I got a moisture meter.

This one, which I got at Walmart, has a digital readout that goes from 0.0 to 9.9. It takes a few seconds for it to read, so the first I used it I was surprised to see 0.0! Anyway, I am looking for a mid-range. To use it correctly, push the metal part down all the way, and take a few readings in different places in the pot.

I just took a reading around 5.5 so it looks good for now.
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