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Watering Tips and Tricks for Potted Plants, Revised

By DaisyRyder
June 21, 2017

Spring is here, which means summer is right around the corner. Last year our region suffered a record breaking drought, and in areas where water is limited, one has to get creative when it comes to keeping potted plants from drying out in the harsh winds and baking temperatures of the season. A little bit of planning ahead can save you time and water in the future.

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Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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Jun 21, 2017 7:36 AM CST
Wow! I have an old kitchen sponge I was going to throw away - going to cut it up and use it in a pot- what a GREAT idea. And I love the the diaper idea too! Thanks!
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Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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Jun 21, 2017 9:18 PM CST
I agree with Christie Smiling

I've been using a layer of mulch in my pots for the last 27 years, and it is quite effective! Thumbs up

I do want to try the sponge idea in the next pot that I put together! It would seem very effective for pots that have a hole in the bottom. Smiling Smiling Neat idea!!

Also, there are gel crystals, that can be mixed in with the soil, before planting, which swell up and hold a crazy amount of water per crystal. Then the gel crystals slowly release water as needed, so as not to over or under water your plants! Smiling
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Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Jun 22, 2017 7:58 PM CST
Those gel crystals can be found in diapers. Though I don't know which is cheaper. Always had success with old sponges mixed with a less peat based soil. I've re-potted plants after 3-4 years to find the remnants of sponges that I had forgotten were integrated in the mix to begin with. My favorite has always been filling up Coca Cola bottles or other glass bottles and inverting them into the containers soil. May your plants never go thirsty. And you as well.
Sierra Vista, AZ
Jun 24, 2017 7:08 AM CST
Sponges, great idea, I've added that to my list, thanks. I've been using old rags for years at the bottoms of my pots, keeps the soil from falling out and moist.

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