How can I tell when plants need water?

By feeling the soil. If it is dry to the touch and doesn’t stick to your finger, apply water. For some plants, such as geraniums, water should be applied only when the soil feels completely dry. Then give them a good soaking. For other plants, such as African violets, the soil surface should never be allowed to dry completely. They need even, constant moisture, though not so much that the soil becomes waterlogged. Only a few houseplants, such as dwarf bananas, require really wet soil at all times.

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