Watering Plant Leaves

Recently watered plant leaves do look beautiful. don’t they? It is the smallest of the benefits that watering of plant’s leaves brings. Watering them helps clean any dust particles on them.

The cleaner leaves are more exposed to the sunlight, making it easier for them to perform photosynthesis and produce food for plants.

Keeping clean the part of the plant that possesses Chlorophyll, a green pigment by which the plant get their adorable green color, should be one of your top priorities.

Although watering the leaves doesn’t directly affect plant growth. Simply put, the leaves do the breathing part for the plants, letting oxygen in and out, through their stomata.

Does Watering Plant Leaves Help?

Yes, it does. Watering leaves actually help decrease the temperature, which is why there is a decline in evaporation, and it helps keep the plants fully hydrated.

There are many leaf-eating insects like Butterflies, moths, and caterpillars, that damage the plant leaves severely by eating them off. Watering the leaves daily or every two or more days helps keep those harmful insects off the leaves.

If the plant leaves’ health is left unchecked, the breathing of plants will be tremendously affected. The insects, after staying on the leaves for some time start to lay eggs and reproduce, and I guess you would know what it means.

It is highly likely that the plant may eventually die, after constantly deteriorating leaf health. There are many more reasons why watering plant leaves actually keeps the plants alive.

There are many factors in how you can do that without overwatering it. If the leaf is left unchecked, the dust particles and small debris will take over the leaf.

This will make things harder as it is possible that the dust particles might block the small pores of the leaf called Stomata. This will block the incoming useful gases and the plant might die.

How often Should you Water Plant Leaves?

The amount varies from plant to plant. But remember one thing, try watering the plant leaves when they seem to need it, not on a fixed time daily.

It depends on the plant you have. Many plants require relatively less water, and many plants require more. If you have a plant that needs more water, you should consider doing it after every 5 to 7 days.

It is said that plants require approximately 3 to 4 weeks to get used to their surroundings. This is the time to track the progress and how it responds to getting watered often or not so often.

People say that they tried watering their plant leaves at a fixed time daily, but it did not turn out as they expected. The reason is that they might not need the water you are daily, daily.

Don’t get disappointed, it is not an easy thing to learn, it takes time. Making mistakes to learn new, does not have to be your motivation.

Because we are here to help you seek out your problems. Try keeping your plant leaves as healthy as possible, because they are the only show off of your plant.

How to Apply Water to Plant Leaves:

The first and foremost thing to consider: Don’t use hot water for watering, as it may harm your plant severely and can kill its cells. Dip your finger in, to find out.

You can use a spray to water your plant leaves. It is quite an easy task, and you must have seen many people doing it to their home plants, which are relatively smaller in size.

Using the spray for watering is no rocket science, but be careful not to leave the leaves wet for long, as some diseases can develop into them, diseases that require moist places to grow.

Other than spraying, you can also pour water on the leaves, but be careful not to throw a lot of water at once, because it may damage the leaves.

Leaves don’t require much water, they just need it to keep themselves clean and sometimes for the purpose of oxygen from H2O. Try using the remaining water on the plant roots, as it will eventually benefit the leaves and will help keep the leaves hydrated.

Plants whose Leaves Cannot be Watered:

Water isn’t always the priority of all plants. Some like to go against the trend. There are some plants that do not appreciate their leaves being watered, or should I say, overly watered.

We will go through those houseplants that don’t like moist leaves. Plants like Orchids, African Violet, Snake plants, and many more are on the list.

1. Orchids:

Orchids are the kind of plants that have huge and expanded leaves. They tend to avoid direct exposure to the sunlight and standing(still) water.

It is believed that Orchids often grow upside down, decreasing the chance of water getting stuck in the core of the plant. That’s why you should take care of the plant, that water doesn’t reach its core.

2. Snake Plants:

These plants don’t mind at all. They are not the “getting angry on being ignored” type. Snake plants can live happily, even if you don’t water them for literal weeks.

Another interesting thing about them is that they even work as air-purifiers for your house, which makes them appealing right?

3. African Violets:

These beautiful plants can make ends meet with such low resources. They require quite a little water, only for the purpose of moisture.

Watering them too much makes them vulnerable to pathogens like Crown Rots or Root Rots. African violets are also sensitive to cold water places, so try keeping them warm.

4. Pothos:

You will see plants like these in washrooms or office rooms. They are very office friendly and require very little care. They just need water to keep going and do not bother the owners with too many demands.

Consider watering these plants once every one to two weeks.

Best Time to Water Plant Leaves:

A quick would be to bathe them with water, as soon as they wake up. Meaning that the early morning time from 5 a.m to 8 a.m is the ideal time for these plant leaves to be watered.

The leaves tend to dry quickly after the process to prevent any chances of diseases.

Is Direct Leaf Watering or Misting Better Plants?

Direct leaf watering is good and beneficial for the short term, as plants can also absorb water from their leaves, but it is not an ideal thing to do.

Plants usually receive the bulk of water from their roots, as it is the safest bet. Because, sometimes due to humidity, the water may get condensed on the leaf surface, and surface water can find its way inside the plant.


Overall, Watering plant leaves is proven to be both beneficial and healthy for the plants. It helps keep the leaf alive and shining. By doing so, you keep the leaf and plant at low risk of getting infected with any kind of disease.

But, as I always say, “Excess of anything is bad“. Try not to overwater the plants, because as you read above, many plants don’t prefer lots of water, it may be dangerous for them. Thanks.

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