“In previous blog posts — “What Soil Should I Seed With?” and “How To Choose The Best Location To Plant” — we highlighted factors that play a significant role in your plants’ healthy development such as light, water, nutrients, and location. In this blog post, we’ll specifically focus on water and how the type of soil you use affects your plants’ watering needs.
In our last blog post — “How important is it to use organic soil?” — we discussed living soil and how it replicates the forest ecosystem by cultivating and sustaining microorganisms that break down nutrients so your plants can access them. Unlike conventional soil mixes or organic soils that haven’t been composted, when you use living soil, you don’t have to feed your plants nutrients when you water them.
Regardless of what kind of soil you use, your plants need water to survive and thrive. How much water you provide, and how often, is affected by light levels (heat) and humidity — the amount of moisture that lingers in the air. You’ll thus need to be sensitive to your plants’ growing environment and familiar with how your plant’s soil absorbs and retains water.
Generally, you’ll want to saturate your soil with enough water that it begins to drain from the bottom. This ensures that your plant’s roots can access water as they continue to grow and spread throughout the soil. Once the soil was been appropriately saturated with water, you’ll want to avoid watering again until enough of the water has been absorbed by the soil. Doing so prevents the soil from becoming soggy. When your plants become oversaturated with water, the roots are unable to take in enough oxygen and they could also be exposed to harmful bacteria that eats away at the roots.
The type of soil you use significantly affects how it balances drainage and water retention. That’s why Forest Floor Organic Soils offers ultra-premium products such as our Potting Pro Grow and Seedling Pro Grow that contains perlite and coco to retain appropriate water amounts as well as pumice to aid drainage. We also offer worm castings as an amendment option to enhance your soil’s water retention properties. To learn more about how we design our custom blended soils to balance water drainage and retention, give us a call or shoot us a message below.