How much water is too much?

I have a real issue trying to figure out how much water to give plants in general. For instance there was an indoor plant that instructed to give one ice cube every two or three days. That was awesome but not every plant gives this specific of an instruction on how much water to give plants and then account for rain. can anyone suggest a a good rule of thumb?
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  • Pat Cogan-Snell Pat Cogan-Snell on Jun 06, 2017
    You can purchase decorative auto water bulbs and fill when needed

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 06, 2017
    Water when the plant feels dry to the touch .When it has come out the drainage holes that is enough water.Do not allow plants to sit in water. If you have succulents they require very little water. Thicker leaved plants like a snake plant retain there moisture through the leaves so very little water would be needed.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 06, 2017
    it's actually a rule of the finger tips.....most indoor plants i water when i can stick my index finger into soil and feel no dampness when the top of the soil hits my second knuckle. outdoor plants- the same. the exception is the cactus group and aloe plants. those plants store water in their leaves. a friend grows cacti - he waters the cacti when it rains in Arizona. that's when the aloe gets a drink.

    out door container plants need good drainage at the base of their container. even the self watering planters have an over flow outlet.

    in ground planting- usually mother nature takes care of the watering. if your plants are looking stressed....droopy leaves- water. leaves turning yellow-a bit too much water. crunchy leaves start over. in my area tomato plants will need about an inch of water per week from mother nature.

  • Stick your finger in the pot at least 2 inches down. If damp, plant is ok, wait for a day or two, if dry, water. Once you have done this a few times, you will get the hang of it.