Hanging plants are a beautiful addition to any home. Whether indoors or outdoors, they can bring a gorgeous bit of green to a space. Indoors, they can also help improve indoor air quality by absorbing carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen. However, no matter how beautiful and beneficial hanging plants may be, you also want to protect your home and furniture from damage. Hanging basket drip pans help you water your hanging plants properly while protecting floors, furniture, and other surfaces from moisture.
Why Use Hanging Basket Drip Pans for Watering Hanging Plants?
As you know, all plants require water to survive. What you might not know is that plants also need proper drainage. This allows extra water to flow out of the planter and also allows water to flush out salts and waste from the soil. In most cases, hanging planters feature drainage holes to help with this process. However, that also puts anything underneath the plant at risk for water damage.
Hanging basket drip pans are like plant saucers for your hanging plants. They act as a basin to catch extra water that drains from planters. Unlike standing plant saucers, these have special “arms” that hook onto the hanging planter and hold it in place just a few inches underneath the bottom of the planter. As water drains from the soil, the drip pan collects the excess water and keeps it away from surfaces underneath the planter, such as floors, furniture, or decks.
Correct Watering Techniques for Hanging Plants
Caring for hanging plants involves proper watering. Watering too much or too little can cause your plants to become sick and die. Each plant has different watering needs, so you should always look up your specific plants. However, we do have some general tips.
First, make sure you’re giving the plant enough water that it starts to drain out of the planter. If you don’t see any water in the hanging basket drip pan, then it may mean that you’re underwatering your plant. Eventually, it can shrivel up and become dehydrated.
However, you also don’t want to overwater it. If you have drainage holes, then the plant will simply absorb what it needs and let the rest fall into the drip pan. If not, the water sits in the soil, eventually depriving the plant roots of oxygen and causing root rot.
So, now we’ve addressed underwatering and overwatering, let’s talk about steps for proper watering. The first thing you should do is make sure your hanging basket drip pan is in the correct position under the planter. Next, use a watering can to pour plenty of water into the planter until you see a few drips in the drip pan. This ensures you’ve soaked the soil all the way through. Allow the plant to sit for about 30 minutes and then empty the hanging plant saucer. This helps prevent the water from overflowing or growing gross things like mold and mildew. Make sure you replace the drip pan to catch any additional drips so they don’t damage your furniture. Repeat these steps as the soil becomes dry and you’re good to go!
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