Even before being “plantita” became a thing in 2020, I was already hooked with plants back in 2016 but more into cacti and succulents.
Every month I would buy 10 common varieties and sometimes give in to semi-rare ones, and some gardening tools and beautiful ceramic pots. Then I would drill the bottoms to give them nice holes for drainage. I even had two kinds of high-quality water hoses purchased online.
I would even drive to Bataan to attend seminars to make sure that I am giving my cacti and succulents the proper tender loving care. Sharing with you here the watering tips and techniques I’ve learned back then, which worked for me:
Full sun/rain exposure. Note that this does not work with all cacti and succulents. Getting these plants rained on for a day or two is completely fine, but not more than that especially if it’s a continuous and heavy rainfall.
Double-potting. Again, I saw and learned this technique from one of our members who started long before me.
All you need to do is grab a clean and empty plastic container (as shown). I prefer using a clear one so that I know when the water has already dried out. Fill half of the container with pumice stones, put your potted plant in it and fill it with water.
Lastly, fill a tub with rainwater. This was actually my husband’s idea. He says that rainwater has lots of minerals and that my plants will love them. Of course, I agreed and collected. It helps – a lot!
There you go! So if you’re a cactus/succulent lover, the above techniques might also work for you. Let me know!