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    Pots w/o Drainage Question

    I bought the cutest little container for 25˘ this weekend and thought it would make a cute mini bog garden. My question is...how do I know when it is time to water? Any suggestions welcomed!

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    Um... drill a hole in the bottom, put a container to then be filled with water under it?
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    I use pots with drainage holes, but then I silicone the little hole at the bottom to create an undrained container. When the pot is full of rainwater, I just tip it over to let the excess drain out. As for when to water, everyday it doesn't rain, just to be safe. I usually add a couple cups of water to a liter depending on how the sun does its job. You could put a tube through the media to check where the level is. Put a cork on a stick and you can see at what depth you have water.

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    edit* only issue I have yet to have is mineral accumulation due to it being undrained. Silence is god's idea sounds like better plan for the long term. I unpot mine every year for dormancy, that's probably why I've yet to have any issues.
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    Hm...that's a good plan if it were outside, but this is a fairly small pot.

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_QQLrKbMOfM...oto-786299.jpg

    Tube w/ cork is a good idea...that's what I was thinking too, but I didn't think of cork! Haven't quite decided what to put in it.... It's an odd shape so I can't really put another pot in it, persay.


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    When the surface is dry... add water.

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    LOL jimscott, why complicate things

    My math teacher once told me 'there is always a simple solution to every problem', you couldn't have simplified it more than that!
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    Oh yeah, i JUST remembered my bogs, i have the plug removed but stuffed with spaghnum. So it is semi-drained
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    standpipe?

    Have you thought about putting a short piece of 1/2"-3/4"pvc "standpipe" in your pot? Make it just long enough to it barely reaches the surface of the soil. This will let you visually check the water level AND give you a place to add water without disturbing the soil.

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