How do we need to test moisture in a plant, and why do we need to test it? Both of those questions are often asked. We will explain in this article how to use a soil moisture meter to test the current moisture in your plant. Before we start explaining how we test it we will explain why it is crucial to measure the moist in your plants.
Why is it crucial to test moisture in a plant?
To let a plant completely grow to its fullest you need it to be in the perfect conditions. One of the conditions is the moisture of the ground where the plant is planted in. The ground will need the right amount of water to let the plant grow. If the ground is to wet the plant will drown, but if the ground is to dry the plant will dry out. Both of those things is something we don’t want. We need the ground to be in the perfect condition for our plant. And when we measure it with some instruments we know for sure that our plant is remaining under the perfect conditions.
Why should we use a soil moisture meter?
A soil moisture meter is an instrument that is the most accurate of all. It saves you a lot of time compared to different methods like, sticking the top of your fingers in the ground and feeling how wet it is. Or putting a towel in the ground and seeing till how far the towel soaked the water up. All of those different methods are inaccurate and not effective compared to a soil moisture meter. To be sure that your plant is lives under the perfect conditions use a soil moisture meter.
How to use a soil moisture meter?
A soil moisture meter is not hard to use. It is designed to be very effective and simple. We will show you the way you need to use the soil moisture meter and how to read it.
- Take your soil moisture meter in your hand and locate the measurement points. Most of the time there are one or two big pins on the bottom of the meter. There is also a possibility that there is a pin that is connected with a wire to the device, if that is the case this pin will be your measurement point.
- Stick the pin(s) in the ground to be measured close to the plant.
- Wait a few seconds and let the meter do it’s work, when it remains on the same point you have the value that you are looking for.
- Write down the value that you just measured.
- Repeat this a couple of times on different places in the ground.
- See which places of the ground are to wet or to dry, and when needed apply water to the ground.
As you see it is not so hard to use a soil moisture meter. In fact it is very simple, and with these few points you can give your plant the optimal condition.
Another benefit is that those moisture meters are very cheap, give it a try!
Why are you waiting for?
If you are still not convinced and want more facts and information read this article: Soil moisture meters, are they worth buying?