Is this likely to work. I have around 36 x 3 inch pot plants with
I intend to put them on a large tray sitting on several layers of
newspaper, tilt the tray slightly so there is a deep & shallow end.
the pots will be at the shallow end, the idea being that the pots will
soak up water from the wet newspaper.
To keep a supply of water I will fill several 2 litre bottles of water
turned upside down with the neck in the deep end.
The theory being the water will only come out if the level in the tray
drops below the bottle neck and only an amount that will cover the neck
of the bottle.
Tray will be in a shaded place not getting sunlight so less evaporation.
Located in Scotland so chances are it will rain anyway.
Yes I did read your earlier thread but I dont have enough time to get
the parts and set up. I do intend to get something similar set up for my
late summer hols.
I do have a couple of willing neighbours but they are likely to do more
harm than good.
You can get special capillary matting for that
AKA a chicken waterer. In principle that will be ok. Done something
similar indoors, but using rubber bung and short length of glass tube
in the neck of the bottle. If used outside, temperature changes
day-night may cause the air at the top of the inverted bottle to
contract and expand, pumping out water which will soon become
exhausted. You will need to use reasonably thick-walled bottles
otherwise they'll collapse inwards when you invert them. You will also
need to support the bottles, otherwise they will probably fall over at
the slightest disturbance.
Another idea here where he just pricks a hole in the bottom of the
bottle http://tinyurl.com/htebyba , and lots here
For indoor plants, the usual recommendation is to line the bath with
many layers of newspaper, ensuring it goes well up the sides, saturate
it with water and stand the pots on it. The wet newspaper serves two
purposes: it creates a high humidity around the pots, and also
provides some capilliary watering from below. It's also well shaded.
You should get one of these lazy watering dodahs. They are excellent.
When I was a kid I had tomato plants in my bedroom and I was worried
about the watering while we were on our fortnight's holiday. I stood on
the windowsill and drilled a hole in the gutter above me and fitted a
length of TV coax with the insides pulled out. This cable/pipe led to my
tomatoes. When we got home from our holiday, with mam grumbling because
it had been a very rainy fortnight, the kitchen below my bedroom was
I actually have the kit (never used it) minus the timer BUT I turn my
water off at the mains before I go on hols, reason being when we moved
in here 4 years ago came back from hols turned dishwasher on and flooded
the kitchen, fekcin mice had chewed through one of the plastic pipes. I
am sure the mice problem is now cured but I am wary just in case.
I confess doing the same, especially in the Winter due to the experience
of a burst pipe. I considered myself lucky that the floor is on a slight
slope, meaning that minimal water got into the living room!
So this is outside is it? Can you not afford a few layers of capillary
matting as newspaper is pretty naff in that context. I used to use similar
systems to what you describe in a green house. The way I made the bottles
stable was by bending some stiff galvanised wire so they had a neck shaped
U in the middle. Two at right angles so the flat bits formed feet and
allowed the small gap to keep the water at a given depth. Evaporation and
green slime were the main issues if left for more than a few days though.
Kind of depends on how big each tray is obviously!
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On Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:07:58 PM UTC+1, ss wrote:
For the keen gardener , mate has used these in a commercial greenhouse for years, bit of an intial cost , but durable and well made in the U.K. No power to fail or software to crash....
Aquavalve and a cover can be used to feed a large tray at less exceptional cost.
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