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Question: My willow

I have a willow in a pot but without a saucer ... is it better to put it or leave it like this?


Answer: My willow

Dear Teresa,

the saucer is not a fundamental element of the pot, and in general it is positioned more for aesthetic reasons than for real needs, or it is placed to prevent the water from watering from leaking from the pot, causing problems especially when the container is placed in the house or on a terrace: the water dripping from the pot can stain the floor tiles, or even fall on the terrace of those who live on the floor below ours. So, except in these cases, where reasons not related to the cultivation of plants, force us to put a saucer, in general it would be better not to put it, because, without it, excess water is allowed to flow out more quickly and constant. However, the problem also depends on how big your willow is; if it is a willow that will reach a large size, a large shrub or a tree, and you want to keep it in a pot, maybe you will have to put the saucer in the next few years, because summers will happen when your plant, now large, will need large quantity of water, and will prefer very well wet soil; the watering operation will then be simplified by placing a saucer, which will collect the water, keeping it in contact with the ground for some time, in order to allow the substrate to absorb a lot of it. Willows generally prefer fresh and moist soils, and in general do not disdain excess water; it is clear that the soil must still be of good quality, loose and light, so that it does not remain soaked for long.

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