Repotting ,watering House Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Jamestown, NY
Question by connieg45
April 16, 2001
How often do I water newly repotted plants,after they were thoroughly soaked and drained ?


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Answer from NGA
April 16, 2001

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The answer to your question will depend partly on the soil mix you have used, partly on the size of the plants in relation to their pots, and partly on the preference of the individual type of plant as to soil moisture. Usually, the plants in need of repotting need watering relatively frequently to compensate for the relatively small pot size. Once repotted, the watering will be needed less often as the plants are using less of the soil moisture. Larger pots of the same material also stay moister longer. If you have switched from clay to plastic you will also find that the plastic pots hold moisture longer. Finally, plants that are indoors need less water than those exposed to wind and sunshine outdoors. All in all, the answer to your question is, it depends and experience and your plants' appearance will tell you a lot. I hope this helps you judge when to water.

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