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So thrilled to welcome Chris Satch back to the show for an UNBELIEVABLE, comprehensive conversation on all things WATERING! We cover everything from top watering, bottom watering, troubleshooting, how to identify root rot and many listener questions. This is not an episode to miss if you have any questions around watering your plants!

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In this episode we learn:

  • [5:00]What Chris is loving in his collection lately
  • A quick overview on how to propagate fern spores
  • How to grow mosses
  • [12:30] What BAGR listeners are struggling with when it comes to how to water your plants
  • [13:00] Why is watering so important to our plants?
  • [14:20] What are xylem and phloem and how do the affect watering?
  • [15:40] What is transpiration?
  • [16:20] The connection between soil moisture and light
  • [18:18] How humidity affects transpiration and our plants watering schedules
  • [21:15] What are microclimates and how do they affect humidity
  • [23:30] Watering Hack #1: Group Plants with Similar Needs Together
  • [24:50] Chris's opinion on Top Watering Vs Bottom Watering
  • [26:20 ] Best Top Watering Practices
  • [29:00] Maria's (STRONG) opinion about care cards and watering instructions
  • [30:50] What does “water when dry” mean- how many inches of soil should the top of the soil dry out
  • [32:42] Watering Hack #2: Use the pot weight to understand how heavy soil saturation feels and get to know how a dry pot feels like as well
  • [36:20] What is the ideal temperature for watering your plants
  • [36:50] How to leave water in the catch tray of your pot with drainage
  • [ 40:20] Best Bottom Watering Practices
  • [42:10] Chris's issues with Bottom Watering
  • [46:34] Root Rot: what it is, how do we fix it, how can we avoid it
  • [48:30] Signs that you've under watered your plant
  • [48:40] Signs that you've over watered your plant
  • [49:50] Maria's honest experience about overwatering her plants this year
  • [55:30] How Chris saves his plants from root rot
  • [55:50] Chris's (STRONG) opinion about self watering pots
  • [1:01:22] The truth about spritzing (you might not like this)
  • [1:01:53] How brown tips can actually be a sign on fungal infection and not humidity or underwatering
  • [1:06] How to use fungicide to treat brown edges on a plant
  • [1:07] Why using warm water is important for watering
  • [1:07:30] Where the ice cube watering myth started, why it's bogus and why you shouldn't use this method
  • [1:08] Tap water vs distilled water vs rain water = does the type of water you water your plants with actually matter?
  • [1:10:00]What white spots on leaves are and how to remove them
  • [1:10:10]  Hack # 3: use lemon juice to remove white spots on leaves
  • [1:11:43] When during the day should you water?
  • [1:11:55] Do you water your plant before you repot? or leave it with dry soil?

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