For best results, water your potted plants lightly in three stages. First, go over the surface to wet the hydrophobic layer. Wait a few minutes, then go over the potting mix again: the water should penetrate the surface, wetting the soil just beneath. A few minutes later, water generously a final time. (If your plant lives in a pot with pebbles instead of drainage holes, use a spray bottle for the first stage, and skip the third.)

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