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How to Water Potted Plants and Dish Gardens

Put the pot/plant and all in a larger bucket or pan, slowly fill it with tepid water. If the plant is very dry it will be light and you will have to hold it down in the water. Let the water wash over the soil in the pot at least 2 - 3 inches above the soil. Let sit over night or at least 2-3 hours. Drain the next morning and do this once a month or when the soil is dry between 2-3 inches deep.


Putting water in the top of the plant and seeing it come running out of the bottom is NOT watering the plant.They need to soak to get the roots wet. You can do the same for dish gardens but you can lift them out of the water and tilt and drain in 1-2 hours. DO NOT let the plants sit in water all the time. The roots will rot!

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

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