It’s quite common that people sometimes would be away from home for several days or even more: having a vacation, taking a business trip or being caught by some kind of urgent matters etc. So for those who grow plants indoor, watering their plants in these days is indeed a problem. After all, no one wants to see their baby plants wither away after returning home. Thus today we’re going to show you how to DIY self-watering system for your plants so that they can look after themselves without your care for a short period. There are some quick, frugal and long-lasting methods.
Method One: using glass bottle
Don’t throw away your bottles when it’s empty. Empty bottle is a nice option for plants that require watering every day. You may take less than 10 minutes to finish this project. The materials and tools you need to prepare are a hammer, nails, a bottle with a cap and pliers. Firstly, use pliers to remove the plastic film inside the cap. Then, take a nail and hammer it through the cap, making five mini holes. It would be better to puncture holes from the inside of the cap so as to avoid warping the cap. Thirdly, fill the bottle with water to the brim and then put the cap back on the lid. Next, dig a hole in the soil of the plant, where you can place your bottle. Put the bottleneck into the soil. This method can work for around 5 days. Refill it after after your plant drinks all the water.
Or use this method on a daily basis to lower watering frequency for you. If the bottle has a unique design or shape, it can be served as a creative decor to your planter. Make sure you use a bottle with a cap and not a cork.
Method two: water wicking drip system
To make a water wicking drip system, you simply need some cotton strings and a bucket or vase. It’s quite easy to set within 5 minutes. The cotton rope, an absorbent material, helps transfer the water from the bucket or vase to the plant. Here are the steps: Firstly, cut the rope of proper length to connect the flowerpot with the bucket. Each plant need one rope. Secondly, push one end of the rope several inches under each of the plants’ soil, then cover each rope with soil to make sure it stay. Next, have the other end of the rope placed in the vase or bucket filled with water. Finally, fill up the vase with water and then water the plants to start the process.
Wick watering works well for longer lengths of time — the more water you supply in the external bucket or vase, the longer your plants will be taken care of. The system is convenient for those with more than one plant as you can water multiple plants at a time.
The above mentioned methods are practical enough to do it yourself. While if you have a lot of plants, it takes your time to prepare. Or you might don’t have materials at hand, so why not consider trying our Leizisure self-watering flowerpots? It must be your gardening assistant to care for your plants when you are away from home. All you need to do before leaving home is to water through the water-filling shaft and notice the water level indicator. When the red stick rises to the maximum line, stop watering. The water reservoir is ready to provide water for your plants in the next 15-20 days.