I'm quite happy to show you how to make these self watering seed pods! it's really easy, made mostly from cheap/recycled materials and I hope it will help you to grow your favorite plants.
I did this project first because seeds pods are really expensive and a homemade one not!!
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Step 1: The Material Needed
You will need:
- a bottle
- Absorbent cotton
- Clay pebbles (optional but it help to see the roots and keep the humidity high)
- Breeding ground
- Transparent lids: help to have a greenhouse effect, which help the growing of the plants
- a water tank (the other part of the bottle can be use)
Step 2: Preparing the Bottle
You can start with the bottle
Cut the top part and drill the caps so the straw can easily get inside it
Step 3: Preparing the Straw and Cotton
This is the "trickiest" part of this instructable.
The size of the straw+cotton depends on your water tank, to increase the efficiency of your watering device, the bottom part of the straw needs to be close to the bottom of the tank.
The size of the cotton should be not too broad, otherwise it won't get inside the straw.
And it's better if the cotton is too long, you can cut it if needed. But if it's too short the water won't reach the ground.
I made it so the cotton got out of the straw on both sides
Step 4: Adding the Clay Pebbles and the Breeding Ground
Place the caps+straw on the bottle then add the clay pebbles and the breeding ground
The cotton must be inside the breeding ground to bring the water directly to the plant and its future roots
Step 5: Planting the Seeds and the Transparent Lid
Now place the pods on your water tank. The tank should be adapted to the straw, and a broad one is better than a deep one.
Plant the seeds and place the transparent lid.
Step 6: In Conclusion
You have now a self watering system! depending on the size of the plant you will need to refill from couple of weeks to couple of days.
Also the light is very important, I've placed my plant under a Led system since my plants are indoor, if your plants are placed by a window you should not need artificial lights.
I hope you like this instructable, let me know if you have any questions :)
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