I love plants, but they never last with me.
Being an urban dweller, our lifestyle sometimes makes it really difficult to take care of plants. Quick trip away from home, you would return home to face lifeless plants.
I have been looking around for self watering pots in Singapore with little luck. There are lack of choices and those that are available just plain pricey. I googled for some DIY project and found myself excited over several available DIY selections, but all those drilling, marking, heavy cutting caused me to procrastinate further.
Being the lazy urban dweller that I am, I took my love for simple and easy gardening and made this really REALLY easy DIY self watering pots. Have I also mentioned how clean and sleek it looks?
The logic is you have to find compatible pots and bucket. Your plant pot must be shorter and able to sit on top of the bucket.
It is SO easy that there is no excuse for you not to do it and plus it is incredibly cheap!
I spent SGD $6, but really all you need to spend is $4 as I bought brand new towel as my wick.
I got all the materials from Daiso - $2 store in Singapore
White Pot - $2
Brown 7 pot plant - $2
Old Towel / clothes - Free (I bought mine for $2)
Time spent - 15 min
Step 1: The Materials
Go to your nearest Daiso and grab the following:
1. White (or any other colour) bucket - $2
2. Plant Pot - preferably with the hinge at the top for easy placing on top - $2
3. Old towel - Free OR buy $2 from Daiso
Step 2: Create the Wick
This is the wick that will absorb the liquid from the storage container to your plants
Cut the towel / clothes. The length depending on how big your pot is. Measure to fit
Once cut, tie a knot in the middle to act as a stopper
Step 3: Place the Wick on the Pot
Place the wick on the pot with the knot inside the Pot
Place several wicks inside one pot to ensure there are multiple sources of water absorption
Step 4: Voila - Self Watering Pots Created - All for $4!
Place the pot on top of the bucket, your self watering pot is done.
Now time to get your hand dirty and transfer your plants.
For first time watering ensure you water from top and check the water reservoir by lifting the pot.