Special watering: how to properly water pots and planters on balconies and terraces?

Special watering: how to properly water pots and planters on balconies and terraces?

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Plants in pots and planters have no water reserve, it's a fact! Also, for them to flourish on our terraces and balconies it is necessary to be tricky! François Auneau, head of the Flower Market department at the Truffaut Ivry store, shares his advice for resplendent and healthy pots and pots all year round.

Do potted plants and those planted in the ground have the same water needs?

Potted plants and planters need a higher watering frequency than those planted in the ground. Unlike the latter, they will always require regular and regular watering. Exposed in direct sunlight, the pots - especially if they are dark or dark in color - collect and accumulate heat, thus accelerating the rise in temperature and evaporation of the substrate. In general, in summer, water your plants frequently, respecting the specific needs of each one. Also make sure that the soil is completely dry before considering watering. In winter, space out the water supplies. Slow, drip watering will be preferable to immediate water supply.

How do you know if a plant is thirsty?

Dangling leaves or edges of the blade that meet on the upper side indicate a lack of water. Likewise, to find out if your plant is thirsty, dip the index finger in the ground. If moist soil remains on your finger, then it does not need to be watered. If on the contrary, your finger comes out dry, then it's time to water your plant. Nothing very complicated in itself! Finally, be aware that today there are connected tools, on sale in garden centers, which measure the needs of your plants and alert you on your smartphone.

When to increase or decrease watering?

Increase watering at the time of flowering, during the growth period (spring-summer-autumn), when there is wind and if the plant has very fine foliage. Conversely, you will decrease if your plant has thick, waxy leaves and fleshy roots and in winter, when the plant is in a period of vegetative rest.

What are the different watering techniques?

There are two watering techniques: from above, that is to say on the surface, and by soaking or drenching. If you opt for the first solution, the water will seep into the ground and into the roots, then flow into the saucer. Be careful however, never let the water stagnate in the saucer at the risk of seeing the roots of your plant rot. The second technique is particularly recommended for plants that do not like having wet leaves or flowers (carnivorous plants with waxy foliage for example) and those installed in suspension. Here, the water will infiltrate through the drainage holes present at the bottom of the pot and will permeate the soil. To do this, immerse your pot or planter in a sink or bucket filled with water. When the surface is wet, it is time to remove the pot. Note that it is best to bask the foliage in the evening to cool the plant, reduce evaporation and prevent mite attacks during dry periods.

What are the different watering solutions?

First of all, before buying all the equipment necessary to supply your plants with water, I cannot advise you to take the time to analyze your needs. To do this, count the number of plants that will need to be watered, find out about their need for water, assess the size of your pots and planters and finally, check your water supply possibilities: water reserve , connection to a tap, etc. This step done, it's time to make your choice!
Inexpensive, easy to install and particularly suitable for small pots, the watering cones or bottle adapters allow continuous distribution of water to plants for several weeks, without the need to be connected to a tap. To use them, nothing very complicated! You just need to choose, beforehand, the appropriate cone according to the size of your container, the average consumption of your plant and possibly the duration of your absence. Then, you just have to plant the cone in the ground and screw a plastic bottle to it to supply water to your potted plants. Are your pots medium in size or do you have many containers on the terrace? Use cones with the multi-pot system. Autonomous and scalable, they are connected in series by a flexible hose. The water supply is ensured by gravitation thanks to a siphon rod immersed in a tank and installed 75 cm above the plants to be watered. You can also opt for automatic watering cans or drip kits. Even if the investment is heavy at the start, it is the most efficient and economical solution in the long term. Finally, you can also opt for pots, planters or planters with water reserve. Note, that these are adapted to plants appreciating humidity.