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    water height to pot height ratio?

    i read that you should keep an inch of water in the pot tray, well wouldnt there be a difference if you have a 5" tall pot vs. a 15" tall pot?

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    Well yes.

    Just use your judgment.

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    I grow all of my Sarracenia in mortar mixing trays. I drill a hole in the side of the tray so the water line is just barely below the top of a 4" pot. It's worked well for me. The hole stops short pots from flooding when it rains.

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    I generally keep the water level 2 or 3 inches down from the top..
    regardless of pot height.

    You will find there is no one "correct" answer when it comes to water level..
    as long as the pots are sitting in *some level* of standing water, you will be fine.
    the exact level isnt terribly important.

    For a 15" tall pot, I would go at least halfway up with the water level.

    Scot

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    so can sarrs be overwatered? 4" from the top seems to me like the plant would just be sitting in water?

    ~b

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    Quote Originally Posted by billylh View Post
    so can sarrs be overwatered? 4" from the top seems to me like the plant would just be sitting in water?

    ~b
    Personally, I wouldnt keep the water level right at the surface, but some people have done that, with success..
    and some sarrs like it much wetter than others.

    4" from the top seems to me like the plant would just be sitting in water?
    no, thats water 4" below the surface!
    the top 4" are not waterlogged.
    a somewhat low water table as sarr water tables go, IMO..

    Scot

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    QUESTION: What dos a mortar mixing tray look like? How sturdy is it?

    I Googled it but there so many different types out there.

    I am looking for a sturdy tray to carry and keep my Sarrs in outdoors in the summertime. Someone told me that those grey "busboy" tubs would be good.
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    During the rainy season here my dormant sarrs will often sit submerged to mostly submerged. That is, for a few months. Never really have a problem with them. Though, it wouldn't be a bad idea to add some drainage a few inches below the soil level just to prevent slimey-nasties from growing on the soil top.
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