Benefits of the Planter Drip Tray
Why does the planter drip tray be necessary? No matter what kind or type of plant that you will grow, using the containers with the drainage holes can be very important to provide the good health the plants do need. The lack of the drip tray can be one of the common reasons in case if the plant is dying or is unhealthy.
The plant roots do not like to sit into the water for long. They need to have a good exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen with the air, and the excess water will close the air pockets in the soil. Even if the soil surface will appear dry, the soil at the bottom of the pot can still be sopping wet. The water clogged soil can eventually lead to the root to rot and a serious condition can then kill the plants very easily. The signs of root rot can include the wilted leaves that do not perk up right after watering, the leaf can also drop, and becomes yellow.
To add, another major reason to make use of the planter drip tray is to prevent the salt in building up in the potting soil. The tap water and the fertilizers will contain some salt and this can actually harm the plants. As the plant roots will take in water, they will eventually leave on some of the salts behind, and the salts concentrate into the soil over time. When you are going to water and then let the water flow into the drip tray right into the bottom of the container, then the sales are going to flush out into the soil. With no drip tray, the salts will never be removed from the soil but only keep on building up, thus creating an unhealthy environment for the plants. If ever the salt can build up in the potting soil, then you can see that the leaves of the plant will turn brown onto the tips and edges or you can also see some whitish crust of salt on the soil surface.
Lastly, there are a lot of homeowners that will keep the houseplant to be sitting on the saucer only to protect the furniture or the floor from the water drip. This is actually fine, but you have to make it sure that the water will not sit in the saucer where it can wick right back into that of your potting soil. Be sure to also dump the water out of every saucer on a regular basis. You may also try to water the plants in the kitchen sink and then move on them back to the saucers after they are drained. If ever that your pot came with the planter drip tray, then see if you can drill on it some holes at the bottom. If it is impossible, then drill holes into the container and try using it as the decorative pot. In this way, there can still be a way for the water to drip or to escape from the plater or container.