Step 1: The Problem
Step 2: What You'll Need
- old, clean towel or rag
- a pot that has drainage
- a container which is slightly bigger that is watertight
- something, such as a brick, to elevate one pot several inches
- a knife
- coarse soilless media such as coconut choir
- granular, slow release fertalizer
Step 3: Place the Brick Into the Pot
Step 4: Prepare Your Pot for the Wick.
Step 5: Prepare Your Wick and Insert It Into the Pot.
Step 6: Prepare the Soil and Fill the Pot
Step 7: Add the Plant
Step 8: Adding the Watertight Container...
Now set the pot holding your plant into the watertight container in such a way that the bottom of the wick reaches the bottom of the watertight container and is submerged in the water. At this point I usually water the soilless media a little bit from the top if it was quite dry when I was working with it. It seems to work better if it begins moist.
Step 9: Some Final Notes
Now, in order to water this plant, you will add water to the bottom container. It's very important to never allow the water level to get higher than the bricks.
Every two or three months you should water a little from the top of the plant to help wash away some of the salts that build up (from the fertilizer), but basically, your plant will self water as long as you keep water in the lower container.
Don't let the watertight container dry out! You will be able to water much less often than you normally would, but you still have to keep that reservoir filled.
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A special thank-you to Kaytee.