The Best Way to Water Your Basil

The Best Way to Water Your Basil

BEFORE YOU WATER

Basil really loves water and does not like to dry up! It’s hard to overwater it, but even a water-loving plant can get too much water. Always feel the soil before watering - it should feel damp but not wet.

If the soil is wet - snooze this action, we will remind you again in 2 days.

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“Plants that need a lot of water, like Basil, also need excess water to run out somewhere. Always make sure that your plant is planted in a pot with holes. ” — PLANTA PRO TIP

There are several ways to water Basil - they aren’t very picky as long as they get a lot of water. Choose a way that suits you the best:

WATER OVER THE SOIL

  1. Pour water over the soil, using, for example, a watering can or put the plant directly under a tap

  2. Continue adding water to the pot until it starts to run out from the drainage holes

  3. If you have a tray under the pot when watering, make sure you remove all the collected water afterwards - never let your plant sit in water

  4. If you watered under a tap make sure that water has stopped running out from the bottom before putting it back


BOTTOM WATERING

  1. Fill the plant tray with water

  2. Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray

  3. Wait for about 10 minutes

  4. Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray

  5. If it’s still dry —> add more water to the tray

  6. Wait 20 more minutes before removing the excess

NOTE

Bottom watering will not wash away salts and other minerals from the soil, so make sure to also give water over the soil every now and then.


WATER BATH

  1. Fill a bucket or any other vessel with lukewarm water

  2. Lower the whole pot down in the water, stop where the stem of the plant starts. Make sure all of the soil is under water

  3. The water will now start to bubble - wait until it stopped

  4. Lift the pot up and let the excess drain off

  5. Put your plant back in the cachepot or on the tray

  6. After 1 hour, check that your plant isn’t standing in water, if it is it might get overwatered and rot

“Basil loves water and doesn’t like to dry out at all. This doesn’t mean they like their soil to be soaking wet, they want the perfect balance. ” — PLANTA PRO TIP

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