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Bottom Watering

Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2004
by syl726 on March 30, 2004 06:16 PM
Hey Gang,

I decided to bottom water my 2" English Ivy and was amazed at how I could just stand there and watch the water being "drank" up [Wink] Does that mean the roots were really thirsty and is it better than top watering?????
As usual, I appreciate all your help and advise.
by Newt on April 01, 2004 11:03 PM
Hi Sy,
Bottom watering is best if you have a plant that doesn't like water on it's leaves such as African violet. It does also work well if you either aren't watering deeply enough or if the plant is very rootbound. I find it's best to water so that the water runs into the saucer. If the water isn't absorbed in an hour, I empty the saucer.


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