Soaking terra cotta pots?
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.