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    Is flushing the pot with water necessary?

    I have several plants in a Highland Terrarium. I will flush the pots with water every 2 weeks. Is that enough?

    Also, after this i have tons of water left. Can i reuse this water?

    Is this flushing of the pot necessarily? I mean I do this because I don't can't really tell if the soil in the pot is wet since the moss on top grows super well.

    I also have other plants in pots that sits in water trays. Is flushing them necessary?

    THANKS!

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    Why are you flushing?
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    I usually just put enough water in my plants till some comes out in the saucer and let it site for a hour or so and keep like a half inch of water in the saucer then after the hour I empty the saucer

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    If they're in a terrarium, you'll want to make sure they're not wet before you start watering on any type of schedule. Terrariums can often stay humid enough that watering isn't necessary but every few months. Really depends on what you have them planted in, too.

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    thanks guys for the feedback.

    In my HL tank i have Nepenthes and Heliamphoras. I didn't know I could go that long without watering my pots . Good to know

    I flush because I've read in other posts it helps with oxygen or airflow...... any thoughts on this claim?

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    If that's your reason for doing it, I'd stop. Flushing is usually done to remove a build up of salts and/or removal of excess fertiliser. Not necessary if you don't fertilise or if you use rain/ RO water.
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    perrrrfeeeeccttttttt

    cause i was wasting a lot of water

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    Quote Originally Posted by ps3isawesome View Post
    thanks guys for the feedback.

    In my HL tank i have Nepenthes and Heliamphoras. I didn't know I could go that long without watering my pots . Good to know

    I flush because I've read in other posts it helps with oxygen or airflow...... any thoughts on this claim?
    Sounds like one of my statements, but If so I think you've missed the point.

    When you top water and the water drains through the substrate, a low pressure zone is formed behind the retreating water.
    This low pressure zone is then filled with ambient air due to the higher ambient air pressure.

    (simple pressure differential)

    This provides a good gas exchange in the root zone.

    It's not a "claim", it's pure physics. You are simulating the natural process that occurs in nature when it rains.
    ( I also use airstones in my plant's water reservoir for similar reasons)

    You ask if it is required, well the answer would be no....
    if you asked if it would be beneficial, then the answer would be yes.

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