Richard Unsworth of Gar­den Life on how to pre­vent your pot plants dry­ing out

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1. Wa­ter­ing: Pot plants can wither faster than the rest of your gar­den, so en­sure they get enough wa­ter dur­ing sum­mer. Plants in hot ex­posed ar­eas re­quire more wa­ter­ing than ones in shadier spots, ex­cept drought-tol­er­ant plants which love the sun and need less wa­ter­ing any­way. 2. Ma­te­rial: Ter­ra­cotta dries out quickly as it’s very por­ous, so you’ll need to wa­ter plants in this kind of pot more fre­quently than oth­ers. Or, line your ter­ra­cotta pots with a bi­tu­men or other wa­ter­proof­ing paint to slow down evap­o­ra­tion. Avoid us­ing saucers to cap­ture wa­ter, as most plants hate hav­ing wet feet. 3. Pot­ting mix: Re-wet the pot­ting mix thor­oughly when you wa­ter. Re­move the hose noz­zle, al­low wa­ter to flow freely into the pot and soak un­til you see wa­ter flow­ing out from the bot­tom. Good-qual­ity pot­ting mixes per­form bet­ter and may also con­tain wa­ter-stor­ing gran­ules. It’s a good idea to mulch pots, and I like to use gravel in­stead of bark mulch as the wood tan­nin can leach and stain your pavers. Visit Gar­den Life at gar­den­life.com.au.

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