Wine Bottle Plant Nanny




Introduction: Wine Bottle Plant Nanny

Make your plants happy with a wine bottle waterer!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

supplies needed:
-wine bottles (preferably metal screw cap ones)
-drill (I used a 1/4 drill bit)
-chopstick (or something to pop out the little plastic disc inside the lid)

Step 2: Start Drilling

1. Holding the drill as straight as possible, drill down into the center of the cap.  If you have good control, stop once you drill through the metal and try not to drill through the plastic disc.  If you drill through the plastic its okay, it is just harder to pop the disc out.
2. using chopstick (or whatever you have) pop the disc out.
3.  Fill with water and stick into the pot.

-If you don't have metal screw caps you can use plastic cork wine bottles (the real cork decomposes).  To do this follow the same instructions above but use the biggest drill bit that will fit into the cork.  the reason for this is when you put the cork back into the bottle the hole narrows and restricts the flow of water.  I have used this method but the results were not ideal (i.e. my plant died).
-You don't have to use a cork or a cap but the water will flow out MUCH faster.  I use a combo of a big wine bottle without a cap and a smaller bottle with a cap for my tomato plants.

Step 3: Happy Plants

I use these in every one of my container plants and it keeps them more evenly watered.  Also, if your plants are already established in your container it can take some force to get the entire neck of bottle into the dirt.

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    4 months ago

    eliminate the cap. I use a sponge instead there. the water weight on the sponge makes a good seal so water doesn't leak. The sponge's capillary action is yet allowed which resupplies the plant with water in proportion to change in conditions like temperature, humidity.


    Reply 4 months ago

    i like the idea. do you use synthetic or natural sponges, and do they degrade or mold over time?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It depends on how wet the soil is (if the soil is dry it drains faster). If the bottle is the only way you water the plants then it drains usually within a day. I like to soak my plants and then add the bottle afterwards, and that method usually yields 2-3 days. I live in Georgia so in the summer 90-100 degree heat sometimes they need to be refilled everyday. I have played with the number of holes and how big the holes are and I have found that one large hole works the best and doesn't get clogged.