Reverse Watering Potted Plants

Reverse Watering Potted Plants

Many growers struggle with the balanced behavior of watering plants. Did I water? Am I underwater? Is my water too acidic? Watering can be one of the most difficult parts of a plant’s filiation.

My main tip for watering is not to water on schedule. Instead, pay close attention to your plants, check them once or twice a week, and water them as needed.

I am an organic grower who uses live soil. I was taught by a pseudoscientist, Dr. Av Singh. He always says, “You need to decide when you want to eat and when you want to drink plants.” By utilizing live soil, the plant eats when the grower wants to eat, without allowing the plant to absorb nutrients.

When we water from the bottom of the plant, this gives the plant room to drink when it chooses and absorbs the right amount of water it needs. The drain holes in the pot allow the water to be absorbed into the soil over a period of time without becoming supersaturated.

How can I water from below?

This is the technique if you need potted plants (requires drain holes), water, and a saucer.

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1. Fill the saucer with enough water to reach the bottom layer of soil in the pot. Some growers prefer to use drainage rocks at the bottom of the pot, so make sure the water level is high enough to reach the soil. Keep in mind that certain media absorb water in different ways. Soil absorbs water faster than peat moss, so keep that in mind while you wait for the water to be absorbed.

2. Place the pot in the saucer.

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3. Please wait for a while. Let your plants sit in their bath for 10-15 minutes. You will notice that the water level in the saucer has dropped. An easy way to check if a plant is well watered is to stab your index finger into the soil a few inches below to see if it is moist. If the soil is still dry, wait a little longer.

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4. Remove the plant from the saucer. There may be excess water left. Do not add this to your plant as the soil did not want to absorb it. Throw it away and return your plant to the house. You may get a small amount of effluent, and it’s ok.

We recommend that you try it at least once to see if it’s easy to manage. I sometimes find it beneficial to water it, as the top layer of soil can become very dry and form a crustal-like layer.

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Benefits of bottom watering

  • Promotes overall root growth by forcing the roots to reach for water
  • Helps prevent fungal beech that grows in the top layers of moist soil
  • Prevents soil supersaturation
  • It provides a uniform distribution of water throughout the soil.Watering the top can result in dry spots
  • Reduces the possibility of submersion and submersion
  • Prevents splashing on the leaves. When feeding plants, water can splash on the leaves and the plants can burn. This is completely avoided when you bottom out the water.


Feeding from below is the same concept as feeding normal plants. Nutrients are first added to the water and then fed from below. If you are feeding with top dressing, skip the entire bottom water. Water is needed to allow nutrients to penetrate the soil. Happy growth.


With two decades of dedicated experience, Nuggs is a seasoned cannabis writer and grower. His journey has been a harmonious blend of nurturing cannabis from seed to harvest and crafting insightful content. A true expert, they've honed strain-specific knowledge, cultivation techniques, and industry insights. His passion shines through enlightening articles and thriving gardens, making them a respected figure in both the growing and writing facets of the cannabis world.

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