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Watering 3gal vertical pots

Wulves

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I have 2 plants in 3 gal pots.
They are vertically long as the photos show.
The moisture meter is reading dry when inserted all the way to top but moist I would say the last quarter bottom of the the pot .
Should I water now?
I don't think the roots are down that far into the pot yet.
The plants are 3 week old Autos
As photo shows.
 

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Carcass

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The root system on those small plants will surprise you.
They will find the water-they grow a hell of a lot faster than the plant.

Can you stick a finger in one of the drain holes to see if it's wet down there?
If the plants need water they will show you-the leaves will start to wilt a bit,and the plant will look
a bit "sickly",a look that will go away within a half hour of watering.

Watering them now isn't going to do any harm,it's just better for the root system to water when the plant needs it,as opposed to watering when you think they should need it.
By the look of them,they don't need it yet,but it's ultimately up to you.
 

Wulves

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The root system on those small plants will surprise you.
They will find the water-they grow a hell of a lot faster than the plant.

Can you stick a finger in one of the drain holes to see if it's wet down there?
If the plants need water they will show you-the leaves will start to wilt a bit,and the plant will look
a bit "sickly",a look that will go away within a half hour of watering.

Watering them now isn't going to do any harm,it's just better for the root system to water when the plant needs it,as opposed to watering when you think they should need it.
By the look of them,they don't need it yet,but it's ultimately up to you.
Thank you, and I did take percaution and made a vertical slot at the pot bottom to get readings down there and its reading Moist.
I was concerned the roots aren't mature enough to reach the moisture soil.
But you have put my mind at ease.
Thank you . :peace:
 

N420

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A good way to tell if you need to water is using the lift method you lift the pot when it feels light its time to water.You could fill one of your pots with just dirt that has not been watered to give you a reference to tell when the pot is dry
 
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