- Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:32 pm
I grow the majority indoors, in 2 1/2 inch pots, so I definately bottom water so the rhyzome isn't exposed to soggy conditions even for a minute. Water displaces air which induces anerobic bacteria.
If You bottom water, the lower roots get the water and are soggy, but the upper portions of the peat just stays moist which is all I want in the air conditioned house.
Then, I let is almost, almost get dry, then bottom water again. This, too helps air get deeper into the medium, refreshing it.
There is another reason for bottom watering. If You top water all the time, You leach the medium of it's acidic 'Tea' which has anticeptic properties and the low ph that these plants enjoy.
I top water just after repotting to get rid of any excesses from the repotting, then bottom water from then on out.
To each His/Her own, though.
The Beatings will continue until Morale improves!