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Did you know that loosening up your plant's soil before watering allows better and more even distribution of moisture?
And that it also helps oxygen flow more easily through the plant’s roots?
Most people think of watering when it comes to basic plant care, but what they don’t realize is that aerating the soil is also a small task that makes a big difference.
Recreating conditions plants have in nature
In the wild, insects, worms, and micro-organisms aerate the soil around plants. However, since we grow our houseplants in a artificial environment without worms we need to recreate the conditions plants receive in the wild.
Thus, we need to manually aerate the soil structure in order to help our plants root system.
Easy three step process with Stand With Nature aerator
Step 1: Every other watering or so, you should aerate your indoor plants.
Step 2: Using the aerator, gently poke a few holes through the top of the soil (you may strike a root or two, don't worry). If you feel a substantial root, just back out and gently poke a hole nearby.
Step 3: Water your plant such that the water can travel through the newly placed holes.
Give your plant a thorough watering around the base towards the center, allow all the water to drain through the bottom of the nursery pot
Will Aerating The Soil Damage Roots?
Even though you may break some roots in the process, this is largely outweighed by the damage to roots that overly-compact soil will cause.
Your plant’s root system consists of small and large roots. An army of tiny roots is responsible for the majority of your plant’s nutrient absorption. And, as quick growers, your plant will soon replace any you may break while aerating.
Ultimately, aerating your plant will help all your houseplant’s roots absorb nutrients more efficiently, so the benefits outweigh the dangers.
However, the reason you gently poke is to ensure that you do not break your plant’s chunkier, central root system. These bigger roots stabilize your plant and are slower to recover when cut.
The Biological “science” behind aerating your house plants
Two of the most important biological processes that plants carry out are photosynthesis and respiration. Photosynthesis takes place in the green tissues of plants and converts light energy and carbon dioxide into sugars. Respiration takes these sugars and along with oxygen, produces energy, along with water and carbon dioxide.
As water trickles down, air is also pulled in, getting oxygen down to the roots. In nature, insects and worms aerate the soil but indoors, we must do their job.
Soil aeration is important because the roots of your plant take in oxygen and release CO2. When the supply of oxygen in your potting soil is low, your plant’s growth will slow down due to the accumulation of CO2 around the roots. Hampering access to oxygen at the root level also leads to low absorption of water and nutrients.
You want to try an avoid your indoor plants having compacted soil
You should definitely aerate your plant’s soil when the soil’s compacted. What are two tell-tale signs your houseplants soil is compacted?
1. Water sits on the soil’s surface for prolonged periods.
2. You haven’t repotted in over a year.
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