Do aqua globes work or are they a waste of money?

meyermike_1micha(5)November 11, 2008

That's about it. I see them advertised everywhere, and before I buy any, I was wondering if they work, especially in the gritty mix that I use ?

Thanks alot anyone that helps me here.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Waste of money!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2008 at 11:18AM
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spencersmom(z7B Virginia Beach)

There is a thread on another forum about them. People complained that the tube would get clogged and also would break. I can't remember what forum but I bet you could find it by searching.

It did not get rave reviews on the thread if I remember correctly.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2008 at 3:47PM
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Thankyou spencers mom, and Rhizo, I love ya...You are so funny! I got your point. Saved myself some money, and possibly a few plants in the mix we grow our stuff

    Bookmark   November 12, 2008 at 7:19PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)


Here is the link that spencersmom is talking about. I was also very interested in it until I read the second to the last post. Needless to say I didn't buy any, lol.

By the way I saw them at Home Depot today at the garden center, they were 50% less than the ones they are selling on TV...they were $9.99 for four. If you really wanted to try them, $10 is not so bad, and the good thing is if you really hated can return them back to the store, unlike buying them on the as seen on TV or the internet. Don't have to worry about shipping either...If you do, let us know?

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: AquaGlobes Post

    Bookmark   November 12, 2008 at 7:25PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Mike, if you really want a laugh, take a look at the Posting a little bit further down the page titled: " Why is this plant....?" by klong. Aquaglobe's handiwork.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2008 at 2:52PM
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spencersmom(z7B Virginia Beach)

OH NO! Poor klong!! However Tapla did bring up an interesting point about why the plant is failing.

Put another check mark in the DON'T BUY column.

I felt bad laughing at someone else's anguish, however when you go from this thread to that one, it is pretty funny.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2008 at 3:30PM
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rhizo.....I hate to do this....hahahahahhahahha
I hate to laugh, but couldn't help it....unbeleivable...lololol

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 2:35PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

We all learn from mistakes. Sometimes, someone ELSE'S mistakes. :-)

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 2:42PM
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Rhizo, I was too embarrsed to even talk about a couple of things that I did to my citrus trees last year! You are right, We definately learn from others mistakes, even the ones that are brave enough to admit them....:-)
By the way, Thanks for everything to help me learn from mines in the time since I joined. Hope you are well. I hope poor klong didn't think I was making fun nor anyone for that matter, I guess we were laughing at what a joke the company that makes these stupid bulbs say, rather than poor klongs mistake. I hope klong laughs with us...:-)
Take care and I will chat with you soon. Hugs all

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 4:43PM
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seedbeads(5a NH)

Has anyone tried using beer bottles or plastic soda bottles turned upside down? Are the necks too wide to release water slowly?

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 2:34AM
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newbie_in_nj(6b E/Central NJ)

I never went for the Aqua Globes as they're too fragile for outdoor gardening.

Added to knowledge base after reading this thread re: perched water level created too high up in container. VERY good to know.

The Aqua Spikes (which I bought 12 of last year) go a bit deeper into the containers but would assume one is creating the same perched water level problem.

I never used them because places that sell them online DO NOT tell you or provide an accurate photograph that would include what the package instructions need to fill the soda bottles with "washed sand" (sand size unspecified) before adding water so it seeps instead of gushing into potting media on the lighter side of the "soil" spectrum.

I wonder if the Aqua Spikes might not create the perched water level problem if a wick were installed at a level near/below that at which the spike ends?

Any of you experienced container guys have an educated opinion on whether addition of wick would solve perched water level problem?

I'm totally serious (and a definite newbie) and I found it a real challenge to hand water everything every day as needed in summer heat particularly when I'm not here at my father's to attend to it for days at a time.

I was also concerned about mosquitoes proliferating in standing water of upright open bottom end of soda bottles.

Don't have mechanical inclination or money to rig up some drip irrigation system with widely scattered container groupings. I freely admit I'm not in your class of garden experience but don't think that's a reason why I can't garden in containers or otherwise. I can only continue to learn through trial and error heavily influenced by what I can learn on these forums from people with practical experience.

Thanks in advance if you have any constructive ideas if Aqua Spikes with wick lower in container might solve/help perched water problem.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 4:36PM
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I purchased 8 aqua globes, then went on vacation for 3 weeks. They work for that purpose.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2008 at 7:04PM
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I have used the aqua globes in my houseplants for about 4 months. I have a spiderplant that went from droopy to full and beautiful. The aqua globe keeps it watered just enough to keep it going. I have atleast 30 babies on it now. I have never had a problem with the dirt getting stuck. It ususally lasts about 7 days and then I add more water.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 9:24AM
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I use empty dish detergent bottles, and they work just fine.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2009 at 2:21PM
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I made an "aquaglobe" out of a hollowed out lightbulb and a plastic tube. It really just helps to get the water below the soil line quickly. It's really useless as a long term watering solution.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2009 at 5:01PM
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I love my aqua globe!!!!! I wouldn't advise u buy it off the t.v. And it does need care in handling and a little adjustment but my fruits and I are mich happier now since the ag. I had to repot everything because of the delicate glass can't take hard dirt. And to keep the tube from clogging I cover the end with cuttings off an old sock (kept on by tiny rubberbands) I don't care to use plastic bottle because mine are in dwarf fruit trees and plastic leaches. All in all aqua globe is great. No overfilling pots no worrying about plants with wet feet

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 2:15AM
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Yes I have them in 6 Hibiscus and they are thriving. Yes, every once in a while they clog, but it doesn't matter, the water goes through the clog anyway to the soil. People don't read the directions and you shouldn't use them on plants that require drying out between waterings...

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 6:30PM
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I can't believe that I asked this question back


    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 7:05PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Me either Mike...LOL!


I've heard their garbage...

Take care!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 10:16PM
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