Good Questions: How To Not Fry or Drown My Window Plants?

Good Questions: How To Not Fry or Drown My Window Plants?

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 21, 2007

Hello AT,

for months my plants were doing really well. now, all the plants i have on my porch or windowbox fried. can we have some guidelines as to how to keep your container plants happy outside?

how do you keep the rain from drowning them? or the sun from baking them? thanks, mariegael

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Dear MarieGael,

This is a great question for Matt, Mr. PlantTherapy, and we would have to say that we feel your pain. Particularly in urban settings, the alternation of heat and torrential summer rains is really hard on little window boxes.

The main thing is to keep your plants watered and the soil moist through the dry spells. If you do this, you won't get such a runoff when the torrents come and the soil will drain better.

To keep your soil moist and draining well, we put small pebbles at the bottom of the planter with weed matting on top of them so that the water can run through to the holes in the planter easily. We also add peat moss to the soil so that it can retain as much moisture as possible during dry spells.

If you are away a lot, you could experiment with those upside down watering systems that allow you to pour in a bunch of water and it slowly drips out over time.

Anyone else have a good tip?

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