Plant Care Tip #38: Soggy Bottom

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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Occasionally, feeling the top 2 inches of soil before watering just isn't enough. Despite all your best efforts, the bottom of your plant's soil may not dry out, and your plant eventually suffers from overwatering. Here are a few precautions you can take to prevent this from happening.

  • Air circulation - every month or so, remove your plant from its decorative pot to make sure the base is drying out. You can also open your windows or use a fan to help them get fresh air.  

  • Chopstick test - insert a wooden chopstick or bbq skewer deep into the soil to test for moisture at the bottom. If still wet, hold off from watering. 

  • Moisture meter - a simple gadget that can provide the most accurate readings of whether or not it's time to water your plant, especially recommended for ficus trees like the Fiddle Leaf Fig or Rubber Tree. Read more on this from our partner plant expert Claire Akin.