How much water should plants be given?

The rules for most plants (other than desert plants) are these: If you are watering them from above, apply water until it trickles out the bottom of the container. (Remove any excess after an hour or so.) If you are watering from the bottom, let the container stand in water until the surface soil is damp. In other words, when you water, be thorough; make sure that the soil is moistened through and through. With frequent small applications, the soil is moistened only on top and stays dry below—a condition that can destroy deeper roots.

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