Watering Your Containers

Potted plants depend on you for all their needs, and since they can dry out within hours in summer, giving them a life-saving drink is a top priority. Here are some effective watering methods to save you time and minimize waste.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
Water Plants Carefully to Prevent Soil Compaction Containers for Patios ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

How to Water

The best way to water is with a watering can with a fine spray, which distributes water evenly and so won't compact the soil. If you don't have such a can, place a piece of slate or old crock in to the corner of a pot, tilted downward, and gently pour water onto it. This method also prevents soil compaction and gives an even distribution of water. Repeat in each corner.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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