first container wicking experience
I gotta say, Al, you the man! (Well, I learned this from you, but not sure if the idea is originally yours, does not matter to me).
I figured out to lean pots 45 degrees to get more water out on my own after watering, but I just tried inserting wicks into a couple of my particularly soggy pots where I had to perform "emergency replantectomy", and it's amazing how much more water drip-drip-drips out of there! I expected it'd be 15-30, maybe 45 minutes at most, that the perched water will slowly be dripping out along that rayon wick, but it's been more than 2 hours now, and dripping shows no signs of stopping - even though I squeezed the wicks a couple of times trying to get the flow of water to stop.
I got so impressed that even where I did not replant now, I pushed some wicks from under with a chopstick (tried not to poke the roots too much), and even without watering, the wick is damp now that water can be squeezed. This is in a pot that was last watered 5 days ago!
Why the idea to insert a wick when (re)potting is not mentioned everywhere on container gardening articles is beyond me.
Only thing is, the ugly soggy white wicks (very soon to be even uglier grey wicks) hanging all over the place is not a pretty sight at all to see. I grow decorative plants in good-looking pots to match and compliment my decor largely for aesthetic reasons - any idea from anybody how to "put a lipstick on that pig" and make wicks less noticeable? I understand the lower the wick hangs, the more efficient the draining. Would it still be efficient if I let the wick encircle the pot and lie in the saucer underneath where it cannot be seen quite as prominently?
Thanks again to Al and everybody else with great working ideas on this forum!