Plant Care
Hi all!<br>I had a question about plant care. I know that you should wait for the soil to be dry before watering again. I did this and then watered my plant, and it seemed like the water just went through the drainage whole. What should I do at this point?<br>I was reading that when that happens it could mean that the soil was too dry and that it may not absorb the water. But, should I let it soak up? I am not sure what to do from here in terms of making sure the water is being absorbed in the soil so that my plant get the water it needs. <br>Thanks in advance!! :) <br>
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    Paris Lalicata Sometimes just aerating the soil with a pencil/stick of some sorts can help the soil absorb the water when it becomes too try. I would aerate it and give it a good soak and see if that helps!
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    PlntNrd If you notice that water seems to just flowing out of pot, rather than being absorbed, it’s possible that the soil has become so desiccated it can’t hold the water your trying to give your Philo. When you see this happening, fill a bowl with water and set the pot inside, allowing it to soak. If you have a vessel greater than, or equal to, the size of your pot, dunk your pot almost to the lip, but not allowing the water to flow over the soil. Hold it there for a few mins allowing the soil to soak up as much as it wants. Place pot on a plate, towel, etc to allow excess water to drain before putting it back in its home. If you only have a small/shallow bowl, fill with water and place pot in middle. Leave the pot there to soak up water for extended period of time. Some people allow 30 mins- 1 hr, while some allow all day. I let it soak up as much as it needs until the top of soil becomes wet looking, not a specific amount of time. You may need to refill the bowl more than once. Once the soil is sufficiently soaked, drain on a plate or towel, as described above.
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    jenna Totally true that the water will run right thru if it’s too dry. It’s like a sponge. It takes a bit of moisture to get started. @Pei is right about watering. And philodendron will tell you when they are really thirsty by drooping. Drastically if they are very thirsty. But don’t worry, they are incredibly forgiving, so just give a big drink and they will perk back up. And as with all plants, underwatering a bit is better than overwatering. :)
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    Pei Hi @idalia, different plants would prefer different watering and soil dryness in between. In general, you can try soak the plant for 10 to 15 mins if the soil is bone dry. Make sure the excess water properly drained after!
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      Idalia Awesome thanks! the plant is my Philodendron :)
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        Pei Philodendron usually prefer a once a week or once every 10 days to two weeks watering schedule. It really depends how much sun it's getting.