Can anyone advise me on a way to make an osmosis watering system for
I'm away from home please?
Look at this diagram of my setup.
The position of the basin of water also the plantpot is fixed, so I
can't drop the pot to ground level for instance.
Firstly, will this "wick" system work?
If so, then how can I construct the wick etc.?
First thought is hollow plastic tube stuffed with sponge rubber....
....What do you think?
Wick watering is a very common method among certain parts of the
plant-worshiping world. Growers of African violets are especially attached
to the method since sloppy watering is prone to damage their pets. Since it
is so common the materials are likely to be found as close as your nearest
well-stocked gardening supply store. Like everything else you can also shop
for supplies online. An example (usual disclaimers apply)
How long do you plan on being away? A large planter with a proper
soil mix can easily go two weeks between waterings. With a wicking
system I'd be concerned with over watering, especially a fig tree...
it's a good idea to let the spoil get pretty dry between waterings.
Why can't you place the pot at ground level... is their some
prohibitive law where you live... I wouldn't want my plant up so high
near the ceiling where the temperature is substantially warmer and the
air drier... the soil will dry so much faster.... plus I imagine
unless there's a skylight there isn't much light way up there
With a large pot you'd need two, preferably three wicks equally
spaced. There are decorative glass watering bulbs on the market, I
think those are better. If you're not so much into fancy schmancy
there are watering spikes you can attach to most any plastic soda
bottle. Most plant nurserys sell them.. probably at Walmart.
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