Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Self-Watering Pots

I was getting very tired of watching my herbs die because I forgot to water them EVERY day. So I decided to try and make my own self-watering pots for them.

All you need is some cotton string, a tall container and a plant in a flower pot that is just a little to big to fit into the container.

As you can see above I used different containers: An orchid pot, a metal tomato can and a plastic nudlecup. You can paint them, if you like.

Coffee mugs, will do as well and could look very pretty I think.

Soak the string in water and use a knitting needle to stick it into the bottom of the plant.

Measure how far into the container the pot goes. Fill the container with water below this point.

Make sure the string is in the water, as you insert the pot.
Here you can see, how the edge of the flower pot keeps it from falling into the container. The pot needs to be above the water or the roots of the plant will rot.

Check often to see if there is still water in the container. If you use a glass vase or a tall caffè latte glass as container you can easily keep an eye on the water level.

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