Bottom watering, butt chugging, or reverse watering. It simply means sitting your plant in water and allowing it to soak up what it needs.
There are many benefits to this:
1. Prevents gnats because the top layer of your soil is not wet (assuming you did not let your plant sit too long). 2. Creates strong roots as the roots are always going to be reaching towards the wet soil. 3. Helps prevent overwatering.
When bottom watering your plants, one thing to consider is that your plant or the pot that the plant is in has drainage holes - this allows the ability to soak up the water.
Allow your plant to sit for 15-20 minutes as the goal is not for all of the soil of your plant to be saturated. You want the top to remain dry.
New to plant parenting or haven't had much success in the past... Hoya's are a great option. These popular houseplants are semi succulents meaning that they retain water in their leaves than a typical leafy houseplant. This makes them drought-tolerant, and, overall, relatively easy to care for, meaning they are forgiving when you forget about them!
Let's discuss the Hoya obovata. It's a unique variety that is identified by its large, deep green oval leaves that often have a silver ‘splash’ pattern which are a less common find. These plants also vine and love to climb.
CARE: Hoya obovata requires very little ongoing care and maintenance. They do best in bright, sunny windows and require infrequent watering.
Light: Bright (direct morning sun okay) Water: When dry Soil: Very well draining mix Temp: Typical household temps - do not place in front of fans or vents Growth rate: Fast