Newly potted plants: Do you have to top water and completely drench them?
NewGardener25 Posts: 47
I repotted some young rosemary and lavender today and on all the videos about repotting ive seen, they suggest top watering the newly potted plant until water runs through the bottom. I decided not to do that and instead bottom-watered in a tray like I usually do and gave the soil a quick mist on the top, just so the soil is all well set but not as drenched as it would have been if i'd have watered until water came out the holes in the bottom of the pot. I didnt feel comfortable doing this as I know lavender and rosemary are drought-loving and prefer a dryer soil. What would you have done?
Watering by putting pots in a tray or saucer is fine for seedlings, so that they don't get disturbed by the force of water, or when something has dried out completely, as it ensures the plants take up everything you pour in. Always easier to water from the top otherwise though. Watering completely overhead is fine on a cloudy day, but the best method is to water in at the plant's base, so that the water doesn't get shed off by the foliage, leaving the soil dry.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...