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Wait — have we been watering our houseplants all wrong?

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22.08.2021

I was just minding my own business, scrolling through Instagram, when I came across a video of plant care tips that "everyone should know." Naturally, I watched it to see if I was following said tips, and in addition to basic things like using pots with drainage holes and "quarantining" new plants to avoid bug infestations, one of the suggestions was to bottom-water your plants.

Now, I've always bottom-watered my African violets because . . . OK, I'm not sure why exactly, but my mom told me to. However, I don't do it with any other plants. Curious if there were actual benefits of the practice, I went down a rabbit hole about bottom-watering, and it turns out it's highly touted and actually recommended by a lot of plant experts. Here's why.

What's all the fuss with bottom-watering?

Bottom-watering, sometimes called reverse watering, is when you place a plant in a bowl of water, allowing the soil and roots to soak water from the bottom up. (Naturally, your pot needs to........

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