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You can water in several ways. A quick and easy method is to water from surface with a watering can. Use a long-spout water can and water at room temperature. When water escapes through bottom of a pot, houseplant has had enough.
Pots also may be placed in a tray of water for about half an hour. This allows soil to draw water in from drainage holes. Some plants, such as ferns, especially like this watering method.
During each watering, use enough water to completely soak soil in pot rather than simply wetting surface. (Keep in mind when watering that hairy plants, such as African Violets, can be damaged if their leaves get wet).
Tap water is fine for plants, but it's a good idea to let water stand in an open container overnight to allow it to come to room temperature and allow chlorine to evaporate. If your tap water has a high fluoride content, it is wise to use water from another source -- spring, well, rain water, distilled water, or water that has collected in a dehumidifier. You also can add perlite or limestone to your plant's soil to neutralize fluorides.
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