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Jun 5, 2020 9:24 PM CST
Good day, I wanted to ask for tips on how to water large planters located under covered porches so they don't drip on the concrete? Do you use self-watering pots, basins, etc.? I'm moving to a new house, and my boxwood planters will be moving as well. Thanks in advance!
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jun 6, 2020 2:41 AM CST
You need to get large trays to catch the run off. You can't let the water stay in the tray without lifting it.
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Southwest U.S. (Zone 7a)
Jun 6, 2020 8:55 AM CST
I've never had any luck with self-watering planters, and they need to be regularly flushed out to prevent the buildup of salts and minerals in the soil.
Most plants do not do well when water is left in the saucer. It keeps the bottom of the pot too wet, and prevents air reaching the roots. (Roots need air too, unless you have bog plants!)
There are saucers available that can be drained away with a little tube. Here's one product I found online, I know there are others. It probably wouldn't be too hard to make your own from a regular saucer or tray. Could you fix it to drain away from the concrete--over the edge, or into a bucket? (I'm not too handy, but I know it's hard to get water to drain uphill!)
Enjoy your new home, and treasure your old plants!

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