Martha's Genius Water-Tracking Chart Will Transform the Health of Your Indoor and Outdoor Plants
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Whether grown indoors or outside, plants and flowers are striking ways to integrate natural greenery into any space. However, the more plants you bring into your home garden or interior, the harder it can be to remember to water, mist, spray, and fertilize each at the appropriate times. Fortunately, Martha has a plant care chart that will streamline your entire system in minutes. In the above clip from a vintage on-air episode of the Martha Stewart Show, our founder gives us the scoop on how she manages to accommodate every variety at home.
In signature Martha fashion, she creates printable charts—with rows for each of her flowers and plants—to ensure her greens are "taken care of in the right way." By designing an easy-to-follow checklist of each plant's specific needs, she ensures that each and every one gets the right amount of attention every day, so they can flourish and thrive. "Organization is something every homekeeper has to have," she explains. The smartest way to organize your charts? Create a monthly log for each room or outdoor gardening section; this should list each plant and notes about their watering and feeding schedule. For example, Martha says she keeps a designated list for all the plants in the greenhouse, just off her kitchen, where she houses everything from topiaries to orchids and herbs. She refers to this during her daily plant care routine.
Martha says that keeping a log that records this daily activity allows you to provide the best possible care for your greenery. In addition, this record is useful not only for yourself, but for anyone else, including your kids or spouse, who you share plant parent responsibilities with. The checklist enables everyone to see—at a glance—when each plant was last cared for, and its specific schedule and requirements. Martha also recommends incorporating a "notes" section into your chart, so you can keep track of any plant concerns—think bug sightings, or yellowing or wilting leaves—and address them as needed. "Spending just a minute or two every day to write down simple information and check off simple schedules will keep your plants healthy, looking great, and blooming regularly," she explains.
To create your own plant care schedule at home like Martha, design a simple spreadsheet on Google Spreadsheets or Excel that you can print out (if necessary) or update on your computer every day. Or, consider downloading a user-friendly plant care app, such as Happy Plant or Planta, which allows you to create and maintain a schedule for each of your plants from the convenience of your phone. Either way, you'll never miss a watering (or fertilizing, spraying, or misting) session again. "A watering log as a diagnostic tool? It's a Good Thing," Martha says.