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Old 10-10-2013, 08:11 PM
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QuestionWatering with Ice in Hanging Baskets?


I have a few hanging plants that hang a bit tilted. I dont want the water to run across the surface and onto the floor. I read that you can put ice cubes in them to water them slower. Will that hurt the plant or the roots?
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:03 PM
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Some people water their orchids that way, so it's probably okay.
And may I add that you are very smart to come up with this idea for hanging plants!
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:44 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I am going to have a go at it and see if they have any problems.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:46 PM
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it should work great
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:21 PM
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Oh, I just thought of an idea.
If you use the water soluble plant food (like the blue stuff) you could fill ice cube trays with it and do two things at once!
Just don't put those cubes in your frozen drinks.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:43 PM
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I used ice to water all my plants when they are inside for the winter. Keeps the water from running out all over the floor. Then I found plastic water bottles with a small hole in the bottom. Loosen or tighten the cap for how fast you want the water to drip out. Bigger plants I use the 2 liter bottles, smaller plants use smaller bottles. Refill the bottles as necessary, usually once a week.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:10 PM
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Very good ideas~I'll have to try the plastic bottle method
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:20 PM
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Both great ideas. I have always had to make sure I had a catch pan for dripping water. It was funny to see Murffee (cat) watch so intently at drippings though lol.
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:39 PM
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I started using the bottles when it was taking 2-8 lb bags of ice to water all the plants! They work just as well.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:27 AM
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I have used the bottle method and find that it works great when I have to go away and leave my plants for a time. The slow watering has kept them alive and well.
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