The One Mistake Many Make Before Potting A Plant

October 24, 2019

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There has been several reports that houseplants are good for the quality of the air inside your home and although you may have a green thumb or are trying to get your thumb green, there is one critical step you may be missing when bringing home a new houseplant.  Most plants will thrive inside a terracotta pot (not the plastic ones). The material’s coarse, porous nature allows for air and water to easily pass through—which prevents trapped water and reduces the risk for plant diseases. Plus they're inexpensive and easily customizable. But here is the mistake many people make. After cleaning and washing the terracotta pots to prep it for a plant, you need to soak them. If not, you run the risk of the pot absorbing lots of water and creating a really dry environment for the soil. Ideally, you should soak your terracotta pot overnight in a sink or bucket. Although you may be tempted to rush the soaking along but taking shortcuts won't provide deep hydration to the clay. That deep, thorough soak not only protects the soil from drying out, it also prevents the pot itself from cracking due to cold weather or excessive dryness.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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