The Q&A Archives: How do I mound 12" in a 15" pot?

Question: Thank you for replying. I am not real sure when you instructed me to make a watering well or basin 12

Answer: Ohhhh... that makes a big difference, doesn't it? I was not aware your tree was in a container! To water an indoor plant, set it in a larger container to catch excess water and then thoroughly soak the soil. If it's small, just set it in the sink, in a bowl to catch the water and basically plug the drainage holes. If it's large, set it in the bathtub, in a larger container. Apply enough water to completely soak the soil and wait until no air bubbles rise to the surface. This indicates that any air pockets near the roots will be saturated. Then remove from the bowl or container and allow the excess water to drain. Once you've done this you can set your tree back in its normal growing spot. Wait 3-4 days and stick your finger into the soil. It should be moist an inch below the soil surface. It's okay for the top of the soil to dry out as long as the soil an inch below the surface is moist. When it begins to feel dry, it's time to water. Apply water until it drains out of the drainage holes. Check the soil periodically by sticking your finger in and water as needed. Once every 4-6 weeks repeat the thorough soaking as described above. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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