Watering your beautiful succulents is very important, and can be very tricky sometimes. Good news for you there’s a nice technique out there called bottom watering, that will help solve your succulent watering issues.
In this article we are going to discuss bottom watering and how to perform it!
What Is Bottom Watering?
Bottom watering is a practice when your succulent is set in and absorbs water from a container filled with water.
Basically you are watering your succulents from the bottom up, which makes your succulent roots get stronger, because they’ll be going down towards the moisture. Bottom watering your succulents will allow the water to be distributed to the bottom of your succulents roots.
How To Bottom Water Your Succulents
You will need your beautiful succulents in their plastic pots, and a bowl of water. How much water? If your potted succulent just has soil and no rocks, then any amount of water will do. The more water you put the better the moisture will reach the soil faster.
Now if your soil contains rocks, then your water will have to be higher than the rocks.
Take your potted succulent and put it in the bowl of water for about 5-10 minutes, or until you see the soil is moist at the very top.
After your soil is most at the very top, take your succulents out of the water. Put them in a nice place to dry, and to relax. Let them sit for about 5 minutes so it can drain the excess water out. This will avoid root rot.
That’s it! Now you know how to bottom water your succulents!
But wait! When should you bottom water your succulents?
When To Bottom Water Your Succulents?
If your soil isn’t the best at draining, such as it goes straight into the drainage hole. Your soil just can’t absorb water, this is called hydrophobic.
Hydrophobic soil happens when the soil is very very dry, the water just goes down the drainage hole. The soil is so dry, it can’t absorb anything, so no water stays in the soil. It’s a sign you need new soil!
Another reason why you need to bottom water your succulents is because it is root bound. Root bound is when your succulent is all root and no soil! Water will also leak down the drainage hole when watering all because there is no soil, and just all root!
Another reason is because your weather where you live is very humid! When it’s humid, your succulents may start rotting when water hits them. During the summer this isn’t an issue since soil dries out very quickly. However, if you live in humid weather, then definitely water your succulents!
That’s it! Now you know all about bottom watering, how to bottom water, and when to bottom water your succulents! It’s very easy and simple to do, your succulents will love it!
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