The Q&A Archives: Plant soil is dry

Question: My plants soil is so dry and I don't want to over water them. I need a solution.

Answer: Probably the best thing to do is to water thoroughly and then allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again. What you might try is placing the potted plant in a larger container of water and allowing it to sit for 10-15 minutes then taking it out and allowing it to drain off all the excess water. Set it on a tray so it doesn't drip water all over everything. When it stops dripping water put it back where it was growing and let the top half-inch of soil dry out before watering it again. Watering in this way will force air pockets out of the soil and will ensure that the entire root mass is thoroughly wet, but then is allowed to dry out slightly. That should solve the problem of dry soil.

Good luck with your plants.

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