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Watering Tricks

Tricks on how to water the "right way"

Successful watering isn't difficult to learn, and once you get the basics down, you'll wonder how you ever drowned a cactus or sent a violet to The Hereafter. The following "tricks," or tips, should get you well on your way to success:
  • If your water is chlorinated, let it stand in a pan overnight before using it. This will allow the chlorine to evaporate.
  • Avoid using "softened" water on plants. The sodium that softeners use will eventually kill a plant.
  • Water only in the morning to avoid fungal problems (night) or evaporation (mid-day).
  • Water with tepid, not cold, water to avoid shocking roots.
  • Water deeply - until the entire soil mass is wet - to encourage healthy root formation.
  • Using clay pots? Water more often. Clay loses up to 3 times the amount of water to evaporation that other containers do.
  • Group plants with similar watering needs. You'll have more luck with groups of plants if everyone in the group is thirsty at the same time.
  • Use a long-necked spout if watering plants from the top. You'll avoid splashing the leaves (which can lead to spotting and disease in some plants), and you'll be able to direct the water more carefully to all areas of the pot's surface.