Mistakes or misconceptions around watering are the most common causes of houseplant deaths. No plant can grow properly if it receives too much or too little water over prolonged periods.
Balcony and outdoor potted plants need to be watered regularly, especially when they are exposed to intense sunlight, but at the same time, a pot can quickly become waterlogged during heavy rainfall.
Lechuza planters are equipped with a sub-irrigation system that addresses all these concerns. Simply fill the water reservoir and the system cares for your plants for up to twelve weeks (depending on planter size, plant and location), providing them with the right amount of water and nutrients needed for optimum growth.
Lechuza planters also feature a removable drain plug in the liner and bottom of the pot, allowing excess rainwater to drain when planters are used outdoors. This overflow function protects your plants from becoming waterlogged at the roots, even during heavy downpours.
Setting up the plant
- Lechuza-PON is a great addition to the sub-irrigation system. This is a pure mineral plant formula that helps control and regulate the supply of water to the plant’s roots. It consists of pumice, minerals and volcanic rock and also includes a slow-release fertilizer, which is effective for six to twelve months.
- Place the Lechuza sub-irrigation system into the planter. Cover the separator with a finger thick layer of the Lechuza-PON granulate for drainage.
- Add soil, or another layer of Lechuza-PON, place the plant with root ball into the planter and finish filling with more soil or Lechuza-PON. Press the soil firmly into place.
- Water the plant from above for the next three months as the roots are still too short to reach the water provided by the reservoir. After three months the roots of the plant have grown far enough into the moisture area to be able to supply the plant with water from the reservoir..
- Don’t water the plant until you have placed it exactly where you want it to stay, and place it with easy access to the reservoir, for ease later on
- During the dry phase, wait a couple of days after the water level indicator shows “min”. Then completely refill the water reservoir.
- The Lechuza water reservoir holds up to seven gallons (26.5 litres) of water and supplies plants for 2-12 weeks, depending on the size of the planter, kind of plant and the location. Keep an eye on the indicator and simply add water as needed .
- If you are re-potting a plant into a Lechuza pot, choose a size of self-watering planter about 1” to 2” diameter bigger than the pot it is currently in.
- Never let the water chamber run completely dry. Once it does this, the soil will dry out, making distributing water throughout the planter impossible.