Falkland in Fife, Scotland, recently won the Britain in Bloom Champion of Champion Awards from the Royal Horticutural Society. Since the town has won this award for the second year in a row, it's safe to say that its residents must know a thing or two when it comes to keeping their plants and flowers in top shape. One important requirement is proper watering, so today I'm going to offer you some ideas for keeping your potted plants properly hydrated. Check out my tips below.
- Either lift your pot to see if it's too light (pots should have heft to them if there is adequate water content) or stick your finger in the soil of the pot. If it is dry to half an inch, it's time to water.
- Check water levels frequently, since potted plants dry out much more quickly than in-ground plants.
- Is the plant drying out more quickly than its potted neighbors? It may be time to transplant it to a larger pot.
- Water the plant with a watering can slowly and evenly, allowing the soil to absorb the water.
- Make sure to use a saucer under each pot to catch water. This will help your plant to reabsorb any collected water, and will also prevent the water (mixed with planting soil) from staining your steps, railing, or sidewalk.
What tips do you find helpful to follow when watering outdoor plants?