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Soaking terra cotta pots?

Posted by kristimama SF Bay Area (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 10, 08 at 18:57

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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RE: Soaking terra cotta pots?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 10, 08 at 20:26

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


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RE: Soaking terra cotta pots?

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

-k


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  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 11, 08 at 7:45

GMAB! You're doing great!

Al


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RE: Soaking terra cotta pots?

  • Posted by jodik 5 Central IL (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 11, 08 at 23:39

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.


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