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Why should you bottom water your plants?
Bottom watering your plants.
How to water your plants better?
Today is another care tip with Planteka and this one is something we can’t recommend enough. Bottom watering is one of the best things you can do for your plants, and is as simple as it sounds.
All you have to do is:
- Submerge your plant pots in a bowl or sink of fresh or filtered water
- Watch as the water level sinks lower and lower around the pot.
- When you check the topsoil for moisture, a some centimeters below should be damp. This may take more time than you’d think, check after 10 minutes, and if it is still not damp, then leave for another 10-15 minutes.
The soil will soak up all of the water it needs, and will hold it where the roots are deepest and strongest. We have found this is one of the best ways to keep your plants and soil at their happiest.
Removing top watering also means that the plant and the soil are at a lessened risk of having bacteria and pests growing on the top soil as the moisture is some centimeters below the surface.
How often should you do this?
It may take you a couple of attempts to get the water levels and saturation to the way your individual plants are happiest, but they will be much happier when you do this!
If you are looking for some help monitoring your moisture content in the soil, we have these amazing moisture monitors which you may find very helpful in caring properly for your plants! As always, let us know if you tried this method and share some tips with the community.
Plant love, Planteka.