Best Wicking Material

Peter_in_Boston(6B MA)May 10, 2005

O.K. As a long-suffering container gardener new to this forum, I have read the "long post", carefully developed a good potting medium, increased the size of the tomato containers I'll be using to 10 gal, and decided to put a wick in each pot. There seems to be a lot of opinions on what is the best wicking material. I have found recommendations for the following. What have you used and which seems best for (1) drainage and (2) watering while away?

braided polyurethane yarn

fibrous rope

nylon clothesline

cotton or polyester rope

soft cotton rope

nylon hose

braided nylon rope

old polyester clothing


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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

The best material, both for drainage and for wick watering is 100% rayon fabric. My wife found some super duper deal for me a couple of years ago. She got 2 mop heads, 2 huge pieces of fabric (chamois, about 2ft x 3 ft) and 2 small face cloth size pieces for about 15 bucks. I think the link I am providing is the same package, it is definitely the same manufacturer.

Biblically, long-suffering means patient. ... that you?


Here is a link that might be useful: Da goods is here:

    Bookmark   May 10, 2005 at 9:29PM
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Peter_in_Boston(6B MA)


Thanks for the recommendation. I have stores near me that sells a similar package and will give it a try.

BTW, I'd say that long-suffering (biblically speaking) means one who patiently endured a period of trials or failures. That definately describes my repeated attempts to successfully do container gardening, despite persistently disappointing results.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2005 at 11:30AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Keep after it, Peter. I'm sure it will all come together for you. ;o)


    Bookmark   May 11, 2005 at 8:34PM
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spygrrl(5b Chicago IL)

After read tapla's info here and on the original thread, I did a search for grins. It seems the easiest way to find 100% rayon material cheaply is to look for a mop head. I don't know if the diameter of the wick is critical or not, but you can just cut the strands right from the mop head and voila! instant wick.

You can buy a whole rayon-head mop here with shipping for $ 18.24:

You can buy just a rayon mop *head*, shipping included, for $ 16.88 (freight saver option):

Actually, the doityourself has mop heads of various sizes, by weight. That one was a big 32 oz, I now see. For the 16 oz mop head it would be only $ 11.98.

Obviously mop heads are the way to go for the 100% rayon. And if you can't find it near you, online ordering will get it to you in a week.


    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 3:20PM
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