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Watering Wick

Vacationers' houseplants can water themselves with the aid of gravity and a wick.


  1. Step 1

    cut a piece of nylon clothesline long enough to connect water source to plant. Soak rope for 30 minutes; water and drain plant thoroughly.

  2. Step 2

     Place one end of the wet rope in water container; push the other 1/3 of the way into soil (below). Then, raise container on an inverted pot so it is higher than the potted plant. Use more than one wick for extra-large pots. To set up a system for more than one plant, place individual wicks in a generous water source, such as a garden pail.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2001