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Plant-Watering System

First, slide plant out of its pot. Wet a 6-inch length of cotton clothesline. Thread one end through hole in pot, leaving an inch inside; return plant to pot. Cut off top of a plastic water bottle big enough so potted plant fits inside with at least 4 inches of space below. Fill space with 3 inches of water. Water plant normally to get self-watering system started.

Comments (5)

  • geoferr 23 Jan, 2012

    You will want to hide the soda bottle (or any other plastic container--I use margarine tubs) as the water will turn brown very quickly as it runs through the soil. I put mine in larger vintage flower pots. Keeps the vintage pot clean inside, too.

  • lindalalonde 22 Jan, 2012

    There isn't a rule that says it has to be a pop bottle - you could use any similarly-shaped container as long as it will hold water and allow for the pot to sit above the water. A little imagination could produce all sorts of ideas from vases to cups & saucers to interesting jars and so on. You could follow a theme or have each container unique. If the container isn't see-through, you could put something in it to hold the pot up. Then the container's size and shape wouldn't matter.

  • mibordercub 22 Jan, 2012

    I agree with cherry. What about doing this with smaller pots and arranging them in a basket?

  • Ocalagirl 22 Jan, 2012

    Well lets just say you are going away for awhile, not such a bad idea.

  • cherrylady 22 Jan, 2012

    Even if this method is effective, who would want the look of a cut off plastic soda bottle under every house plant? Not me.