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5 houseplants you can't water too much

If you have a hard time getting the right amount and you mean it too well with your plants most of the time, houseplants that you can't water too much are just the thing for you. We present 5 houseplants that don't like it when they dry out and grow well with lots of water.

1. Cyprus grass

Sure, the Cyprus grass comes first among the plants that prefer to bathe their roots in water. The Cyprus grass has long stems, at the upper end of which many narrow leaves stretch like a leaf umbrella. The Cyprus grass grows in its homeland as a marsh plant. Therefore, you can plant it in a plant pot without a drain hole. Then you can add enough water to the pot until the root ball is under water. It is sufficient to water the plant only once a week, if there is always enough water in the pot so that the root ball does not dry out. In winter, Cyprus grass suffers from air that is too dry. Regular spraying with water will help increase the humidity for the plant.

2. bob hair (Soleirolia soleirolii)

The bobbed head (Helxine soleirolii) is a small creeping plant that either grows into a compact ball or transforms whole areas into green carpets in plant boxes. Even as a hanging plant, the bobbed heads look very pretty when the delicate shoots grow down the sides. The bobbed head prefers a partially shaded location. Watering is very easy with bob hairs. It must not be poured onto the leaves, but only over the saucer or the planter. The plant can handle it when water remains.

3. Moss ferns (Selaginella)

Moss ferns love it moist, and not only a moist substrate, but also a high level of humidity. They grow very well in terrariums, in glass vessels or as ground cover in large planters in winter gardens in the vicinity of other plants. But the plants with their fresh green also cut a fine figure in hanging baskets. The moss fern needs a partially shaded to shady location and should be sprayed with water frequently. There are different types. Selaginella pallescens has shoots up to 30 centimeters high, just like Selaginella martensii. Its shoots lean down about halfway up. Selaginella apoda only has shoots up to 10 centimeters long and grows in a creeping manner.

4. Sword fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Sword fern has upright to slightly overhanging leaf fronds. This plant also loves high humidity as it is used to from its tropical home. It grows best in bright, but not sunny, locations. The soil of the sword fern should always be moist. The plant does not tolerate permanent waterlogging.

5. Pitcher plant (Sarracenia)

Pitcher plants are bog plants and therefore always want to be moist. The plant is interesting because it forms long, tube-like leaves. These are open at the top and form traps in which the carnivorous plant catches insects. The plant grows best in sunny and bright locations. It needs moist soil and can also stand in water. In any case, you should avoid drying out the root ball.

Tips for watering moisture-loving plants

Even if the plants presented above love a lot of water, it is still necessary to plant them in a plant pot with a drainage hole and to use a permeable substrate. (Exceptions are the cyprus grass and pitcher plants, both of which can stand in water.)

For those who love watering plants, clay pots have advantages over plastic pots. The water can evaporate through the open pores of the clay. You can also tell by the color of the clay whether you've poured too much, as the clay turns dark if it's too wet. Then you should wait a few days before the plants get water again.

Even water-loving plants - with the exception of cyprus grass and pitcher plants - do not like wet, but damp substrate. Before each watering, you should therefore check whether the top layer of soil is already a bit dry.

Tip: All of the plants presented here need a high level of humidity. Read here how it can be done.

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