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

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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
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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
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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
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emgardener

Here's wickless self watering container :-)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 6:29PM
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