Wickless Self-watering container

paulsiu(5a)March 25, 2013

Most of the self-water container I see consists of a cloth wick that draws water from a small reservoir beneath the pot. Recently, I notice the store also sells a self water container with no wick. Instead of a wick, the bottom of the container has a pit that dips into th reservoir. I am guessing that the idea is that the bottom of the pot is submerge in water and the capillary action takes the water up the soil. The design is simpler, but does it work? Wouldn't the plant grow downward into the water and rot?

Paul

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

Actually. Most of the ones I know about do not use a cloth wick. Check out Raybo's Earthtainer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Raybo's Earthtainer

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 12:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
paulsiu(5a)

Yes, I think I read that article before, they use some sort of plastic basket fill with planting medium as the "wick".

Recently, I removed a plant that had died and I notice the root was starting to try to grow into the reservoir. However, since the planter uses a wick,the root would have probably extend through th hole and got air pruned. If it was one of the non-wicking type, wouldn't the root grow into the water? Would that cause rotting? Would the planting medium rot if you use the soil-less variety?

Paul

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 12:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
canukgirl

The best type of wicking material is nylon string because it doesn't rot. Just thread the string through the soil and out the bottom holes of the flowerpot. You can float the string in a small container of water set next to the plant.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 3:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
emgardener

Here's wickless self watering container :-)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 6:29PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Banana plant in grow bag
hi .. potted this tree last month and it has survived...
amriteanukul112
Long Term Potting Mix Recipe - Alternative to Gritty Mix
Hi everyone, I'm a new gardener from Perth, Western...
arcan
Type of kale... Also, shiny metallic flakes?
Hey, my friend gave me some kale seeds from her plants...
Josie Murray
Can anyone predict future of this coconut tree?
its been around 6 months since I have potted this local...
amriteanukul112
Need help!..white spots on my lemon seedlings!!
I recently found white spots on the leaves of my lemon...
Kavitha Raghunath
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™