Soaking terra cotta pots?

kristimamaJune 10, 2008

Hi,

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.

THanks,

Kristi

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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.

Al

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 8:26PM
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kristimama

Thanks, Al. Good to know I've done SOMETHING right. ;-)

-k

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

GMAB! You're doing great!

Al

    Bookmark   June 11, 2008 at 7:45AM
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jodik_gw

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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