Using Ice Cubes to Water the Panama Orange (Calamondin) Tree
Last March I ordered a different kind of plant than the typical flowering bush. Though we get some brutally cold winter temperatures, I ordered a tropical plant — Panama Orange Tree (Calamondin). For climates such as ours in the Mid-Atlantic, you have to bring the plant indoors once the temperatures begin to get into the sub-40s. Which I did, but remembering to water it was more challenging than I thought.
During the summer, I’d spend some time when I got home from work watering all the outdoor plants. So, it was normal to water the plant regularly. In the winter, since I wasn’t regularly watering any of the plants, I tended to forget about this one.
But then I read something about putting ice cubes in the pot. Just let them sit there, slowly melting and slowing watering the plant.
But then a funny thing happened. I checked on it before going to bed, glad to see a solution to my forgetfulness about watering the plant. But, then I realized that I forgot that ice melts pretty quickly at room temperature. There was no ice by the end of the night. So, what’s the point? I mean, instead of a bunch of ice cubes, I could’ve just poured a gallon of water and wouldn’t that be the same? I still have to remember to water the plant in a few days.
Regardless, winter is slowly churning to an end and soon I’ll put the plant back outside and get into my routine of watering the plants.