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Which plants need saucers?

AdRockAdRock Posts: 241
I’ve got most of my pot plants on feet to improve drainage, I know there are a few potted plants that benefit from a saucer especially if we have another hot summer. Are there any obvious contenders that would be better off with a dish? I’ve got Lillies, bananas, hosta, various ferns and grasses. 


  • B3B3 Posts: 25,192
    If i find a pot is drying out too quickly, i put a saucer under it. If it's getting too wet, i take it away.
    I go more by position, weather and ratio of plant size to pot size rather than variety. If the plant has developed a large root structure and is heading towards needing repotting, i would definitelyuse a saucer.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,052
    I'd agree with B3. You have to be quite careful with leaving saucers under pots. 
    Most of those mentioned do like a fair bit of moisture, but you need to be vigilant about how long you leave a saucer under them. A combination of getting plants dehydrated well if they look a bit dry, but then leaving them alone until it happens again, and checking them regularly. 
    You can also put the pots in a shadier spot if possible, which will help prevent moisture escaping as quickly, especially if the pots are grouped together.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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