How to Make a Cheap Self-Watering Pot


If you spend a good deal of time away from home, are going on holiday or are just a little absent minded, the chances are that your beautiful house plants could miss out on regular watering. The ideal solution is to use self-watering pots but these can be expensive. They are a simple device however and can be made easily with cheap readily available materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Plastic food container
  • Cutting device
  • Acrylic string
  • Measure the base of your plant pot and make a note of this measurement, adding 1/4 inch.

  • Adjust your circular cutter to the noted measurement and cut a hole in the center of the lid of a plastic food container. Make sure that this hole is just a little wider than the base of the plant pot so that the plant pot sits securely in the hole but will be suspended above the surface of the water.

  • Cut acrylic string to a length of about 6 inches. It should be long enough that when in place there will be enough to allow about 2 inches to go into the base of the plant pot with the other end touching the bottom of the food container.

  • Remove the plant including the soil from its pot, being very careful not to damage the root system. Push 2 inches of the string through one of the holes in the bottom of the pot and return the plant to the pot.

  • Fill the food container with water, taking care not to fill so much that the base of the plant pot will be submerged.

  • Place the plant pot in the food container with the string dangling in the water.

  • Monitor the moisture of the soil for a few days. If it becomes too dry, double the thickness of the string. If it becomes to moist, replace the string with a thinner one or add perlite to your growing medium.

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