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When Repotting, Leave Room for Watering

20160329A.jpgYou may have noticed that conventional flowerpots, whether made of clay or plastic, always have a projection at the top of the pot (often called a shoulder or collar), but I’ll bet you didn’t know that this collar is not just a decoration, that it is actually designed to show how far to fill the pot with soil when you repot?

If you fill the pot with soil to its collar, but no further, when you water in the future, you can simply fill the empty space on top of the soil with water. It was designed to hold exactly the amount of water required to saturate the soil the pot contains, fully yet without overflowing… a neat little trick that can make watering much easier!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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