Most houseplants must live in uniformly damp, but not waterlogged, soil. Indoor gardeners should soak plants thoroughly so that all soil particles become wet. Soak plants either by setting pots in a pan of water until moisture shows on the surface of the soil, or by using a mere trickle from a watering can until the excess runs out of the bottom drainage holes. If the run-off collects in a saucer, drain it promptly, otherwise it will back up and keep the roots flooded. Plants not in active growth, cacti, other succulents and spring flowering bulbs are likely to need only enough water during the winter to prevent desiccation of foliage.–Dorothy Brandon and Alfred Scheider

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