What is meant by “growing plants on the dry side?”

That term refers to giving them less than their usual supply of water. In some cases, this means keeping the soil almost dry; in other cases, it means merely reducing the amount of moisture. Almost all plants are grown this way when they are resting. Some old-timers also use the phrase when referring to plants, such as geraniums, which are watered only when the soil surface becomes dry.

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