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Q.I Have A Bowl Of Impatiens Inside Apt., By Glass Door So Gets Plenty Of Sunshine. I Water When Dry But The Water Doesn\’t Go

Zone Woodland Hills, California (very hot) | Anonymous added on October 1, 2022 | Answered

through. I have holes on the bottom . I have watered very well and poked some holes in the soil its doing beautifully but why won’t the water go through the bottom, otherwise the plant is beautiful. Thank you very much.

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on October 3, 2022

If you take it to the sink and let the water run in it, the water should come out the drainage holes. If the soil is compacted, the water would come out the top. I'm wondering if you are not adding enough water? How long has the soil been in the container? If it has been more than a year, the soil may have degraded. You may want to replace the soil with a good draining mix that contains perlite. If it's fresh soil from this season, try working a little perlite into the soil, without disturbing the roots. Even if you just add some to the top of the soil, it will work down when watered.

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