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watering AV from bottom

Posted by newbienew (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 9, 10 at 13:21

There is a one inch gap between the bottom of my plant container and my plant box (which has drainage holes).

Yesterday I filled this gap with water. Within half an hour the water had virtually disappeared. Im not using a wick so Im not sure how the water got up into the plant whose soil is now very moist.

Is it safe to leave water in that gap as long as its not touching the bottom of the plant box or will that also lead to overwatering?

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RE: watering AV from bottom

As long as that left over water isn't soaking into the plant soil it's fine. They do NOT like wet feet!

RE: watering AV from bottom

Hi Newbie,
I wouldn't leave the plant in the water for more than 10 minuutes. A lot depends on the mix you are using' If your mix is heavy with peat leaving it in the water could lead to root rot.
Fred in nj

RE: watering AV from bottom

I have my AV in a self watering AV pot for sometime now. all the lower leaves are yellow. Any suggestions?

RE: watering AV from bottom

:::I have my AV in a self watering AV pot for sometime now. all the lower leaves are yellow. Any suggestions?::

Sure :)
- Pull the root ball/plant up from the pot, remove those yellow leaves and any that need removing.
- Get a pot that is 1/3 the width of the width of the plant that you have remaining AFTER you remove those rings of leaves.
- get some soil that is 1 part peat moss, vermiculite, perlite and put the plant in the new pot and new soil.

Should get some GREAT results.

I'm not a fan of the self watering AV pots. They are a grand marketing concept and the pots are beautiful but they don't support a growing environment where AVs thrive (IMO).
I have helped others transplant into plastic 3 inch pots that we sat down inside of the self watering inner bowl just for the visual.

Good Luck,

RE: watering AV from bottom

Thanks Dora. I will give it a try.

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