Mar 17 , 2019
Do you like walking in the rain? Listening to the musical lilt of heavy drops after a hot week? The smell of a fresh shower on an autumn day? Plants feel the same way.
It’s true, your green-stemmed babies can’t walk away, hear or smell, but they live for a gentle lashing of seasonal precipitation. Rainwater is like their health food, free from the elements commonly found in the tap variety. While any water is 100% better than no water, tap water leads to sediment build up, leading your favourite plants to repel the H20 they need to grow and flourish.
Look at that post-rain gloss! Rain is the perfect pick-me-up for your plant babies.
What makes rainwater so awesome?
Water is water is water, right? Maybe for us. Provided it hasn’t stagnated, the human body isn’t particularly picky about the water it needs to survive. Plants feel a bit differently.
Rainwater is rich in nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen, the big three that promote glossier leaves; not only will your plants look better, they’ll feel better too, as a good drenching decreases your soil’s PH and unlocks vital nutrients. It might just be the Sydney weather, but have you ever noticed your plants get a little dusty? Rainwater is nature's spring cleaner, getting rid of pests that may be hiding amongst the leaves while doubling down on that shine I mentioned before, removing any dust with ease.
Did you know? Tap water is slightly alkaline to avoid damage to pipes, however most plants prefer slightly acidic soil… if you haven’t already, invest in a pH testing kit for happier stems, roots and leaves.
Rainwater sounds amazing. How can I take advantage of it?
I’ve gone through a trial and error phase to give you my top five tips to keep your indoor plants in tip-top shape with a little help from rainwater.
- Keep ‘em sheltered. Rainy weather often brings wind; as most indoor plants are used to shaded spots, they’re not strong enough to stand up to rousing gusts
- Give them a good soak, the whole way through the soil and all over their leaves
- Keep an eye for patches of sunshine and move them out of direct sunlight. Plants can burn in minutes!
- If you can’t put your plants outside, grab some buckets to collect rainwater to use later
- Monitor your furry friends, as most indoor plants are toxic to cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters and sundry
- Ensure each pot is adequately drained afterwards. A paper towel underneath works nicely! Tip the pot to the side; this will release more water from the soil. Allowing proper drainage is important - letting your roots sit in water for too long can lead to root damage or rot