How to Make an Autowatering System With Household Items

Introduction: How to Make an Autowatering System With Household Items

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Are you planning to go on a holiday but you don't have anyone to water your plants during this time period?
Instead of buying an expensive auto watering system you can make one with materials that you can find in any house
This system is based in simple physics and in the theory of communicating vessels.
With this system you can water only plants in a flower pot
This system can be used only in flowerpotts that are in an indoor place or somewhere that sun doesn't reach
I designed all the pictures shown in this instructable with google sketchup
Sorry for my bad english
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

1st:A Flower pot
2nd:A rope or some bandage
3rd:A Big bucket(you can use any size you want but the bigger bucket will have more duration)
4th:A nail

1st:A Hammer
2nd:A pair of Scissors

And of course some water

Step 2: Attach the Bucket on the Wall

Attach the bucket on the wall with the hammer and the nail
You must attach the bucket higher than the flower pot

Step 3: Put the Rope Into the Water

Put the one side of the rope into the water and try making it steady
Now put the other side into the soil of the flower pot

Step 4: How It Works

The plant will take the humidity it needs from the water through the rope
The more water the bucket contains,the more duration this system will have 

Step 5: Final Product

This is the final product

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Good job w/ the illustrations. (I can see you had fun creating this tute!) I agree w/ charmneo that rope is not an effective wicking material. Furthermore, there aren't many flowers that bloom in the shade; the buckets are unsightly too. Search this site for other ibles on this subject and try to improve or reinvent them. Don't give up! (If you have a block wall like you show in the illustration, maybe you can design something that softens that wall (trellises, arbors) that can also hide the buckets. Go for it!)


    12 years ago on Step 3

    Rope is exposed to enviorment hence drying will occur before water reaches the flower bed. p.s wick systems are not much efficient for watering plants.
    Instead try drip irrigation with a controlling tap attached to the buckets.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    It is supposed that the flower pot is in a place that sun doesnt reach


    12 years ago on Introduction

    If you see something wrong,help me to improve it by posting a comment in this 'ible