Introduction: Low Watering Houseplant
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Low Water Gardening Challenge 2016
- This project uses dehumidifying crystals and an optional use of a greenhouse to retain water within houseplants. It will work best for indoor plants that do not like very moist soil, and in damp rooms. It is ideal for herbs, geraniums, etc
- Although it provides the plant with water, occasional watering may be needed.
- This project can be used by 'forgetful' people who usually kill indoor plants by not watering them.
- I have used it whilst away on holiday to both keep the plants alive and to reduce dampness in a empty house - a win, win project!
Step 1: Find the Materials
- A terracotta pot with plant
- Waterproof drip tray
- Moisture Trap refill crystals
- Transparent container (optional)
Step 2: Plant House Plant Into Terracotta Pot
- A terracotta pot is required as it will absorb water from the tray rather than requiring the roots to directly draw the liquid from the tray.
Step 3: Find a Deep Waterproof Drip Tray
- This drip tray will create a reservoir of water for your houseplants.
Step 4: Fill Drip Tray With Moisture Trap Refill Crystals
- These crystals absorb water from the air and will function best in a damp room such as a bathroom or kitchen, for best results. These crystals will need to be topped up every six weeks or so.
Step 5: Place Pot Plant Onto Drip Tray
Step 6: Place Transparent Container Over Pot
- The container is used to reduce the evaporation of the water from the leaves and to recycle water, therefore limiting watering even more. This is an optional step.
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