No more Dripping!

It has been a huge concern for all the people staying in apartments/ flats/buildings – The water dripping from the pots! For those that are not worried about dripping .. it is about their Balcony and Terrace floor getting wet. I understand. But before I tell you some quick fix solutions, I want you to understand that the water that drains out, is excess water, which means you have been watering the plants in excess and you have to reduce the quantity of water.

Option 1: Use Trays – Very obvious I know but still many don’t use it.

Option 2: Use self-watering Pots – With Self watering Pots, you just need to water the plants once in a week. (Between 4-10 days). Excess water is stored and does not leak/drip.

Option 3:Β Use Bottles – I know I have spoken about it in my previous post but you can use this trick here as well. This one here is slightly different than yesterdays.

Option 4: Water them in intervals – Assume your plant needs 200 ml of water daily. So instead of watering it with 200 ml all at once, you can water 100 ml twice in a day or 70 ml thrice in a day. If this sounds very tedious, you can make use of drip irrigation as well.

Understanding the Water Requirements: Water requirements of plants depends on its size and the season. More water is required in Summer and very less in Monsoon. Also more the flowers and fruits, more the water requirement. Water holding capacity of the soil also makes a difference. Loam can hold more water than sandy soil. So all I want to tell you is observe the plants and soil while watering them. In a week or ten days, you’ll get a hang of it.

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25 thoughts on “No more Dripping!

    1. Sure.. Self watering pots create a reservoir of water at the base of the pot where in the water is stored and then absorbed by the roots & soil by capillary action with the help of a wick. So you need to water only when the water in the reservoir has exhausted. The water lasts typically around 7-10 days depending on the size of pot, plant and season. πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes!! πŸ™‚ It is also very useful for people with tight work schedules who do not find time to water the plants daily. They can opt for this and then they need to water the plants only on weekend!! πŸ™‚

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  1. I’ve never heard of the self-watering pots, I’m definitely getting them! Also, I have a question. I grew a tiny cactus by using cuttings. I keep it on my work shelf and it gets almost zero sunlight. But its growing rapidly despite that. I water it once in two days. The problem is, its getting taller but not wider. Like a 7cm tall, but thin cactus. Any suggestions??

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