Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: How does everyone water their succs

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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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Apr 10, 2017 6:10 PM CST
I water mine by placing them in a deep plastic saucer, water a little bit from the top, put some water in the saucer, and then let it soak for a few hours then drain it.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Apr 10, 2017 6:25 PM CST
I just water the soil from the top and let them drain well, I don't use saucers for them since most are outside.

If they are indoors, then I have to make sure no standing water on the saucer after watering. And I also try to run the ceiling fan or open a window after watering for better all over airflow.

I do my watering during daytime preferably before the sun starts hitting them.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Apr 10, 2017 8:05 PM CST


Patio plants (outdoors, no saucers, all pots elevated above the floor): using a squirt bottle which originally held bottled water. I return to water again at least once, usually a couple of times, after waiting about 5-10 minutes. Watering more than once means you can skip any kind of long soaking or incubation, because it accomplishes the same thing:

1. dry soil + water = moist soil
2. moist soil + water = wet, fully saturated soil dripping out the bottom

Indoor plants I move to a saucer and water similarly, then park on a towel for a few minutes afterwards before returning to their perch.

Seedlings under plastic I might park in a saucer full of water for 20 minutes so as not to disturb the delicate babies.
Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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Apr 10, 2017 8:16 PM CST
I water from the top until it comes out of the drain holes, have a separate bowl that I let them drain to. When done I place them back into its saucer.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 10, 2017 9:41 PM CST
I water mine with the hose. No saucers but I do give them a few minutes and water again.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Apr 12, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Hi Adam 😁
I bottom water mine in a pail of water, water almost up to rim of pot, for 20 to 30 minutes.
No water on top.
Brother told me its best way to aviod problems. He grew all his in house. Outside i dont believe it matters. Of course when pot gets to big ! What you gonna do but water from top ? As long as you have well draing soil.
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Name: Paul
southern California
Zone 8B/9A
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Apr 12, 2017 10:55 PM CST
I water from the top, too. I keep the hose on them until the water has risen to the rim of the pot, then move to the next one. Then rinse and repeat so everyone gets a good soaking.

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