Lets talk about Bottom Watering.

What is it?

Bottom-watering, is when you place your plant in a bowl of water, allowing the soil and roots to soak water from the bottom up. Your plant still needs to be in the nursery pot, or in a pot with drainage holes for this to work. Obvs! And… avoid if you have your plants in terracotta pots. You’ll find the terracotta soaks up more water than your plant.

 

Can you overwater plants bottom watering?

Can you over water by bottom watering? Yes, if the plant is sitting in water too long, you can still overwater your plant through bottom watering. However, bottom watering is a more controlled method of watering your plants. Just make sure your plants are sitting in water for too long. 10 to 15 max is plenty.

 

Why do it?

It makes the root stronger and allows them to grow directly toward the moisture. Research shows that moisture in the potting soil reaches the bottom and nourishes the roots. It also prevents plants, such as succulents getting water on the leaves and damaging them.

 

How do I do it?

  1. Fill up your preferred container with a couple inches of water. I like to use a glass container as it is super satisfying to see the water level decrease.
  2. Pop your potted plant into the container of water.
  3. After around 15 to 20 minutes (or once the top of the soil is damp), remove the plant.
  4. Return your plant to its decorative pot over. DONE!