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How to Make a Self-Watering Plant Pot [video]

July 19th, 2016 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

plant potWatering plant pots can take up precious garden time.  Worrying about how your plants will fare when going away on holiday can cause problems too. The answer to this is to create a self-watering plant pot. It’s surprisingly easy to do so give it a go.  This video will take you through the steps of creating your very own self-watering plant pot. 

You’ll need;

  • Two buckets or containers, that can be stacked.
  • 1.5 inch/3cm diameter plastic pipe, long enough to run the length between both containers.
  • A plastic cup/yoghurt pot
  • Quality potting soil and plants
  1. Firstly check you have the right positional set up before starting.  The plastic pipe connecting the two containers needs to be able to reach from the top of the top bucket into the bottom of the bottom bucket.  The two containers also need to stack efficiently to allow enough space for the water underneath.
  2. Start by preparing the wicking chamber (your yoghurt pot) to connect your two containers.  This is a chamber that will draw water from the reservoir to the plants.  You will need to poke lots of holes through the pot to allow water to enter it for it to perform its function.
  3. Next, draw around the pot in the middle of the base of what will be your top bucket and then cut this out to make a large hole.
  4. For the water delivery pipe, cut one end at a 45 degree angle to allow the water to freely flow through to the reservoir. Cut the top end of the pipe so it stands clearly of soil level.
  5. Next cut a hole in the bottom of the top bucket for the pipe, make sure it’s a snug fit.  The top bucket will also require drainage holes for healthy root growth.
  6. Then stack the top bucket into the bottom bucket, then mark where the bottom of the top bucket sits. Remove the top bucket and drill a quarter inch or 5mm hole into the bottom bucket just below the line. This serves as an overflow hole so that the top bucket never gets waterlogged.
  7. Now you need to assemble the container, place the top bucket into the bottom bucket. Fill the wicking chamber with potting soil and slot it into its hole. Slide the piping into its hole in the top bucket.
  8. Fill the top bucket with potting soil, moistening it with water as you fill it, then you can plant into the top bucket.
  9. If you have a lid for your container, then you can go one step further by making a lid for your planter which will serve as a weed mulch, but will also reduce evaporation water loss.

If you think that creating a self-watering plant pot will save you a lot of hard work, then watch the video below which shows you how to make one in further detail.

How do you cope with holiday watering?  If you have top tips, then leave them in the comments below.

How to Make a Self-Watering Plant Pot

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