Post by applecrisp1 on Dec 18, 2020 21:01:39 GMT -5
One of my plants is getting a bit heavy (and cumbersome) to lift and bring to my kitchen sink. I typically water my plants in my kitchen (or at least empty the saucer in the sink after watering). My Monstera is getting big and even hard to get the plant in the sink without some of the leaves hitting the cabinets etc).
So any tips if you also have large plants? The only thing I can think of is to use something like a turkey baster to suck up the water from the saucer so I can leave it where it is.
I have several large houseplants and I water them weekly with a small watering can (about a half gallon capacity). They not only have a clear saucer underneath, but also a round disc of cork to protect the floor.(they sell these in Lowes).
Don't soak the soil, the water will collect in the saucer and overflow. I water lightly on the first go around, then return about a half hour later and water a little more. I stop once water begins to seep into the saucer. You will figure out how much water is best, but until then keep an old towel on hand. 😉
When it's time to repot that plant, try a self-watering planter. I have one and am planning to eventually replace all of the current planter-with-saucers with those.
Post by applecrisp1 on Jan 13, 2021 20:08:58 GMT -5
So sorry for the late reply. I've added more plants to my apartment the last few years and a few are getting big (and heavy!) -- especially the monstera. I always like to give the plant a good watering (for most plants and let them get pretty dry between watering) until the water goes thru to the saucer so I know it was a thorough job and reaching all the roots etc.. For my small plants, no prob carrying them to the sink, watering, spilling out any water left in the saucer. I don't want it to sit in the water since it can cause root rot.
It's emptying the saucer that is tough. I've read somewhere of using a turkey baster to soak up the water or ....
I've never used a self-watering planter but interested in trying it out -- thanks so much for the reminder.
Here's a picture before I moved it into a new basket. (not her best angle : ) )
Post by traildoggie on Feb 12, 2021 11:29:01 GMT -5
this is just an interesting ( to me) side story about large heavy plants.
I have a snake plant I have had for around 50 years. DH had one too, and we combined them when we got married in 1978. gradually plant got into bigger pots. I keep it pretty dry and dont feed it often. we kept it on a elevated landing half way up our stairway under a skylight. one night at 2 am there was a huge boom and crash, and we thought a tree had fallen and hit our house. it was THAT loud. turns out the snake plant had spontaneously split its plastic pot, the sides collapsed making it off balance, and crashed down onto the stairs 10 feet below. plant, pot pieces, dirt everywhere.
I found a very large plastic pot at Lowes and repotted it. now sits in the dining room. I will not live long enough for it to outgrow this pot. weighs at least 50 lbs and probably more if the dirt is wet.