Updated: Jun 28, 2021
When your plants start looking droopy its time to let them butt chug! No more pouring water into the top of your soil! Bottom watering takes a bit more time but its is much more beneficial for your plants. What is this butt chugging method you ask? I will show you!
Step one: Get a container of some sorts that is slightly larger than your plant. It can be a Tupperware or any other bowl.
Step two: Place your plant into the bowl
Step three: Fill the bowl up with water (try to use water that has been purified of harsh chemicals)*
Step four: Wait approximately 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of your plant. Typically 6"-8" plants can sit for 30min, while larger plants sit for and hour or more.
This allows the plants roots to soak up as much as it needs without overwatering. If the plant is not soaking up anything, then it does not need water. This also help prevent fungus gnats. Anyone with multiple houseplants is probably well versed in these pesky bugs. While harmless, they are quite annoying. They like to live in the top soil because its moist and warm. Buuuuut, if you bottom water, the top soil won't be as wet and they will be less likely to live there! It is a win-win for you and the plants.
xo, Liv & Yas
*You can fill a container with tap water and allow it to sit out, without the lid, for 24 hours or more. This allows most toxins to evaporate out.