Soaking terra cotta pots?

kristimamaJune 10, 2008


I have been growing most of my plants & citrus in terra cotta pots. I only just today heard that it's advisable to pre-soak the terra cotta so that it doesn't wick away water from the roots.

Ooops. I never did this, and am wondering how important it is. I mean, is it something that lasts for a long time (the moisture held in the pot, I mean)... or is it mostly so that it doesn't wick water away immediately following that first planting?

I often have huge sections of my planting mix (bark, peat, perlite) that are still bone dry and hydrophobic even after I apply copious amounts of water. I'm wondering if soaking the whole pot will help alleviate this.

Do any of you presoak your pots, or just plant them as is.



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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

As is. I've never pre-soaked an unglazed container. Reason says it couldn't be any more than a miniscule aid to water retention. How much water is contained in the clay as opposed to the total volume of water in the soil at container capacity? - a tiny fraction.


    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 8:26PM
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Thanks, Al. Good to know I've done SOMETHING right. ;-)


    Bookmark   June 11, 2008 at 12:26AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

GMAB! You're doing great!


    Bookmark   June 11, 2008 at 7:45AM
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My Grandmother soaked her terra cotta pots, as I recall, but I think it was in a bleach solution to clean and sterilize them. The only thing I do is make sure my medium is pre-wetted and mixed good, so it absorbs water evenly after I plant it and water it in.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2008 at 11:39PM
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