BOTTOM WATERING: HOW IT WORKS AND WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT
When you think of watering your plants, you probably imagine the traditional method where you add water to the top of the soil with a watering can (or drinking glass – hey, we’re not judging!). However, there’s another way that’s more efficient and potentially less messy: Bottom Watering. Here’s how to try it for yourself and why we think you should consider adding this to your weekly watering routine!
Do It Yourself
Bottom Watering is an incredibly easy method to use, but it requires you plants to be in pots with drainage holes. This is because a plant is placed in a container (something preferably clear) holding at least a few inches of water; when water begins to seep up through the drainage in the bottom, it reaches the roots where it counts the most first. As long as you can lift your plant, you can bottom water it.
It’s Like Magic!
As you are bottom watering your plant, you can actually see the water level in the container go down as your plant soaks up all the moisture it needs. After some time, you will notice that the water is no longer moving and that’s because your plant has had enough to drink. You can do this with multiple plants at a time of any species – this works with everyone!
Why We Recommend It
Not only does this method require less clean up, but it also puts the control in the hands (or, more accurately, the roots) of the plant being watered. With top watering, you decide how much moisture your plant baby might need that week, but there is always the chance you could be under or overwatering. Bottom Watering let’s your plant make that decision, keeping it healthier and happier in the long run.