Self Watering Container - How long before start of wicking

oilriggFebruary 10, 2013

I was wondering whether or not I need to start the wicking process by first watering/soaking the potting mix?

I'm using self watering containers by LDSPrepper on Youtube (

The potting mix I have is a peat moss/perlite mix (4 parts peat moss, 1 part perlite).

Also, do I need to add fertilizer to my potting mix?

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bomber095(z5b MA)

I have four Earthboxes, and yes, the medium does need to be moist in order for wicking to take place

I cant speak for fertilizer w. those, but w. Earthboxes, the 7-7-7 the kit comes w. suffices

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 12:28PM
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Thanks. I'll water the mix thoroughly to start the wicking process.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 7:08PM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

You definitely need fertilizer if your mix is only peat and perlite. Self watering containers with that kind of mix also need agricultural lime to provide calcium and magnesium as well as to counteract the low pH of peat.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 9:06PM
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I do have garden lime, but have not yet mixed it in with the peat moss/perlite mix.

Is it best to use slow release fertilizer that mix in with the potting mix? Or should I fertilize by adding a liquid fertilizer to the water supply?

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 9:45PM
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koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

I also make compost tea to water my containers.And this year had to get kritter control. Everyone had trouble with coons-because fish oil in potting soil. I bought more self watering kits. Holds a gallon of water.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 8:35AM
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