If you’re worried about water dripping off from the planters in your balcony, down into the balconies of the neighbors below–must learn about our 8 tricks to stop this.
One of the biggest problems Balcony Gardeners face is of water runoff, water drains out from drainage holes in pots and drips below into the balconies of neighbors.
This situation creates problems. In fact, many societies sets rule for that and even ban the balcony gardeners from growing plants (which of course, disheartens us).
And, that’s why, in this post, we’re informing you about the solutions to this problem.
1. Water at Odd Times
Although, watering in the morning is the best time. But balcony gardeners with a restriction like this should do it at the odd times. Observe and learn about the timing of your neighbors in which they’re not there. You can water your plants when they’re not in their balconies, especially during the evening and night time.
2. Sink Watering
Take your hanging planters and pots without dripping trays or saucers down and put them in the sink. Water them thoroughly and allow the excess water to drain out from the bottom. Wait for a few minutes and then place your planters back to their position.
Also Read: How to Water Container Plants
3. Put Saucers Under the Pots
Put saucers or trays under your pots to collect the extra water that drains out in case of overwatering. But, remember to empty the saucers soon after the extra water drains out completely as plants sitting on saucers, full of water, suffer from rot.
4. Don’t Create Drainage Holes
If you can’t let the water drip off from the balcony, in any case, try to grow plants in pots with no drainage holes. This will create the possibility of the root rot, but you can avoid this by growing plants that love moisture and preventing overwatering.
5. Grow Plants that Grow in Lack of Water
Plants that prefer to grow in the dry soil can be your option. Succulents, many flowering plants, herbs, etc. like to live in low moisture level medium. This will save you from watering frequently.
6. Double Potting
Grab one or two sizes larger pot (with no drainage holes) than the pot you’re using for planting and fill up its bottom with a thick 3-4 inches layer of gravel. This double potting idea will stop the additional water to come out and flow across the floor.
7. Never Over Water
Avoid overwatering, water slowly and get the idea of the amount of water your plants need. Not too much, not too little, just pour the ample amount. It comes up with the practice. Also, poke your finger an inch deep to check the moisture level and water only when the soil is dry.
8. Use Self-Watering Containers
Self-watering containers not only saves you from watering regularly but also prevents that dripping water on neighbors below situation as they come with a bottom reservoir that holds excess water.