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 Retaining Gels Boost Moisture Levels Containers for Patios ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

Boosting Moisture Levels

Mix water-retaining gels with soil (following the manufacturer's instructions), and spread evenly. The gels absorb water and swell to many times their own weight, releasing moisture to plants over several seasons. Plants that benefit most from such gels are those that grow rapidly and are planted in light soil, from which moisture quickly evaporates.

Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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